Harris tops all other senators in PAC fundraising

Harris tops all other senators in PAC fundraising
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Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisDem pollster says it's 'misstated wisdom' to assume competitive primaries damage presidential nominees Kamala Harris top 2020 choice in poll of women of color Warren unveils bill to lower drug prices by letting government manufacture them 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 BidenKlobuchar on 2020: ‘I do think you want voices from the Midwest’ Group launches campaign to 'Draft Beto' for 2020 White House bid Kamala Harris top 2020 choice in poll of women of color MORE and Sens. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersKlobuchar on 2020: ‘I do think you want voices from the Midwest’ Dem pollster says it's 'misstated wisdom' to assume competitive primaries damage presidential nominees Group launches campaign to 'Draft Beto' for 2020 White House bid MORE (I-Vt.), Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenKlobuchar on 2020: ‘I do think you want voices from the Midwest’ Warren calls for probe into Trump name change for consumer bureau Warren unveils bill to lower drug prices by letting government manufacture them MORE (D-Mass.) and Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerKlobuchar on 2020: ‘I do think you want voices from the Midwest’ Klobuchar moves up in Iowa poll of 2020 Dems Harris announces support for White House-backed criminal justice bill 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 HeitkampHatch warns Senate 'in crisis' in farewell speech Dem senators Heitkamp, Donnelly urge bipartisanship in farewell speeches House passes bipartisan bill aimed at reversing rising maternal mortality rates MORE (D-N.D.) after she voted against Justice Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughDemocrats will fail if they portray William Barr as controversial pick ‘Justice’ selected as Merriam-Webster’s 2018 word of the year Chief justice of California Supreme Court leaves GOP over Kavanaugh confirmation MORE’s nomination to the Supreme Court reportedly brought in about $400,000.