Harris tops all other senators in PAC fundraising

Harris tops all other senators in PAC fundraising
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Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisKamala Harris shopping trip stirs Twitter campaign trail debate Sanders expected to announce exploratory committee next week Bill Maher to Dems: ‘Let’s not eat our own’ in 2020 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 BidenJoseph (Joe) Robinette BidenBill Maher to Dems: ‘Let’s not eat our own’ in 2020 Newsom endorses Kamala Harris for president Trump, Biden in dead heat in hypothetical 2020 matchup among Texas voters MORE and Sens. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersSanders expected to announce exploratory committee next week Bernie Sanders records announcement video ahead of possible 2020 bid Bill Maher to Dems: ‘Let’s not eat our own’ in 2020 MORE (I-Vt.), Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenDNC punts on measure to reduce role of corporate PAC money Bill Maher to Dems: ‘Let’s not eat our own’ in 2020 Newsom endorses Kamala Harris for president MORE (D-Mass.) and Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerSanders expected to announce exploratory committee next week Bill Maher to Dems: ‘Let’s not eat our own’ in 2020 Dems ready aggressive response to Trump emergency order, as GOP splinters 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 HeitkampOvernight Energy: Trump taps ex-oil lobbyist Bernhardt to lead Interior | Bernhardt slams Obama officials for agency's ethics issues | Head of major green group steps down Trump picks ex-oil lobbyist David Bernhardt for Interior secretary On The Money: Shutdown Day 27 | Trump fires back at Pelosi by canceling her foreign travel | Dems blast 'petty' move | Trump also cancels delegation to Davos | House votes to disapprove of Trump lifting Russia sanction MORE (D-N.D.) after she voted against Justice Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughConstitutional conservatives need to oppose the national emergency Kavanaugh shows his stripes on Supreme Court's 'shadow docket' Ginsburg back at Supreme Court MORE’s nomination to the Supreme Court reportedly brought in about $400,000.