Harris tops all other senators in PAC fundraising

Harris tops all other senators in PAC fundraising
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Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisHillicon Valley: Facebook considers political ad ban | Senators raise concerns over civil rights audit | Amazon reverses on telling workers to delete TikTok Senators raise concerns over Facebook's civil rights audit Biden's marijuana plan is out of step with public opinion MORE has raised more money for her leadership PAC than any other senator, adding to speculation that the California Democrat will launch a White House bid for 2020.

Harris raised more than $2.3 million this election cycle for her Fearless for the People PAC, according to a report published Wednesday by Issue One, a nonpartisan think tank.

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Members of Congress often use such PACs to boost other campaigns and possibly donate to their own future political endeavors. Harris is widely viewed to be gearing up for a run for president. In addition to her fundraising prowess, she has campaigned for Democratic candidates in early primary states such as Iowa and South Carolina.

If Harris runs, she would likely join a crowded Democratic field that could include former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenThe Hill's Campaign Report: Runoff elections in Texas, Alabama set for Tuesday Biden campaign slams White House attacks on Fauci as 'disgusting' Biden lets Trump be Trump MORE and Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersOVERNIGHT ENERGY: EPA declines to tighten smog standards amid pressure from green groups | Democrats split on Trump plan to use development funds for nuclear projects| Russian mining giant reports another fuel spill in Arctic Biden lets Trump be Trump Democrats split on Trump plan to use development funds for nuclear projects MORE (I-Vt.), Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenIn politics, as in baseball, it ain't over till it's over Trump defends Roger Stone move: He was target of 'Witch Hunt' Democrats blast Trump for commuting Roger Stone: 'The most corrupt president in history' MORE (D-Mass.) and Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerIn politics, as in baseball, it ain't over till it's over Democrats blast Trump for commuting Roger Stone: 'The most corrupt president in history' Koch-backed group urges Senate to oppose 'bailouts' of states in new ads MORE (D-N.J.), as well as Gov. John Hickenlooper (D-Colo.) and former Gov. Deval Patrick (D-Mass.). Several of those potential candidates have also visited crucial states like New Hampshire and Iowa.

Biden raised just under $2.3 million for his leadership PAC, while Booker has about $1 million. Warren has about $590,000 and Sanders has $370,000. 

Harris has made a point of fundraising for vulnerable Democrats. One fundraising email she sent for Sen. Heidi HeitkampMary (Heidi) Kathryn Heitkamp70 former senators propose bipartisan caucus for incumbents Susan Collins set to play pivotal role in impeachment drama Pro-trade group launches media buy as Trump and Democrats near deal on new NAFTA MORE (D-N.D.) after she voted against Justice Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughRoberts court tempers conservative expectations OVERNIGHT ENERGY: WH pushed for 'correction' to Weather Service tweet contradicting Trump in 'Sharpiegate' incident, watchdog says | Supreme Court rules that large swath of Oklahoma belongs to Native American tribe Five takeaways from Supreme Court's rulings on Trump tax returns MORE’s nomination to the Supreme Court reportedly brought in about $400,000.