Kamala Harris shutters state campaign committee amid talk of 2020 bid

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 (D-Calif.) is closing down her state campaign committee amid growing speculation that she’s preparing to enter the 2020 presidential race.  

The California Democrat will shutter the committee, “Harris for Governor 2026,” and donate the roughly $1 million account balance to 19 different organizations, according to a person familiar with Harris’s plans.

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The decision to close the committee was first reported by Politico on Tuesday.

Among the groups expected to receive the money are Swords to Plowshares, a San Francisco-based veterans charity and the National Domestic Workers Alliance and the Coalition of Humane Immigrant Rights, according to the news outlet.

The committee is still listed as “active” on the website of the California Secretary of State’s office, which oversees state-level campaign finance disclosures.

Harris was not planning a gubernatorial run. Instead, the committee was essentially an account for Harris to deposit money she raised during her tenure as California’s attorney general.

The decision to shut down the state campaign committee will fuel speculation that Harris, a first-term senator, is plotting a potential bid for the Democratic Party’s 2020 presidential nomination.

The move comes more than a week after Sen. 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.) threw her name into the running by creating a committee to explore a possible White House run.

Last year, Harris was among a handful of prospective 2020 contenders to travel to crucial primary states, like Iowa and South Carolina, and boost Democrats running in the 2018 midterm elections.

Her leadership political action committee, Fearless for the People PAC, also raised nearly $2.4 million for Democratic candidates and committees last year.

Democrats are widely expected to see a crowded primary field in 2020, with roughly three dozen potential candidates said to be considering White House bids, including 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, Sen. 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.) and former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas).