Harris tops all other senators in PAC fundraising

Harris tops all other senators in PAC fundraising
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Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisBiden calls for equal pay for US women's soccer team Biden calls for equal pay for US women's soccer team Confused by polls? Watch early primary states — not national numbers 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 BidenBiden calls for equal pay for US women's soccer team Biden calls for equal pay for US women's soccer team Yang: Standing next to Biden on debate stage would help boost name recognition MORE and Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersConfused by polls? Watch early primary states — not national numbers Confused by polls? Watch early primary states — not national numbers Biden leads in early voting states, followed by Warren, Sanders: poll MORE (I-Vt.), Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenBiden calls for equal pay for US women's soccer team Biden calls for equal pay for US women's soccer team Trump steadfast in denials as support for impeachment grows MORE (D-Mass.) and Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerFox News poll shows Trump trailing Biden, Sanders, other Democrats Fox News poll shows Trump trailing Biden, Sanders, other Democrats Poll: Biden leads, Warren surges in South Carolina 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 HeitkampLobbying World Pro-trade group targets Democratic leadership in push for new NAFTA On The Money: Stocks sink on Trump tariff threat | GOP caught off guard by new trade turmoil | Federal deficit grew 38 percent this fiscal year | Banks avoid taking position in Trump, Dem subpoena fight MORE (D-N.D.) after she voted against Justice Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughAnticipation builds for final Supreme Court rulings Anticipation builds for final Supreme Court rulings Trump throws support behind 'no brainer' measure to ban burning of American flag MORE’s nomination to the Supreme Court reportedly brought in about $400,000.