Kamala Harris raised $1.5M in first 24 hours of 2020 bid

Kamala Harris raised $1.5M in first 24 hours of 2020 bid
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Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisImmigration experts say GOP senators questioned DHS secretary with misleading chart Carper urges Biden to nominate ambassadors amid influx at border Priest who presided over Biden's inaugural mass resigns from university post after investigation MORE (D-Calif.) has raised more than $1.5 million in online donations in the 24 hours since she announced her candidacy for president.

Harris's press secretary, Ian Sams, tweeted Tuesday that the number included more than 38,000 individual donors, with the average donation hovering at $37.

Harris announced her candidacy on Monday, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, in an appearance on ABC's "Good Morning America."


Harris is the only declared 2020 candidate to release public fundraising numbers so far. Like Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren says Republican Party 'eating itself and it is discovering that the meal is poisonous' Briahna Joy Gray: Warren not endorsing Sanders in 2020 was 'really frustrating' McConnell hits Democratic critics of Israel MORE (D-Mass.) and Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandOvernight Defense: Military sexual assault reform bill has votes to pass in Senate l First active duty service member arrested over Jan. 6 riot l Israeli troops attack Gaza Strip Military sexual assault reform bill has votes to pass in Senate Army secretary nominee concerned about 'unreasonable or unhelpful demands' on National Guard MORE (D-N.Y.), two other presidential contenders, Harris has sworn off donations from corporate PACs, a decision she announced in April of last year.

“I’ve actually made a decision since I’ve had that conversation that I’m not going to accept corporate PAC checks,” Harris told hosts of "The Breakfast Club" last year.

“We’re all supposed to have an equal vote, but money has now really tipped the balance between an individual having equal power in an election to a corporation,” she added.

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersStudy: Early unemployment cutoff would cost 16M people 0B Machine Gun Kelly reveals how Bernie Sanders aided him in his relationship with Megan Fox Overnight Health Care: CDC approves Pfizer vaccine for adolescents aged 12-15 | House moderates signal concerns with Pelosi drug pricing bill | Panel blasts COVID-19 response MORE (I-Vt.) touted small-dollar donations during his 2016 presidential run. At one point during the cycle, his campaign raised $3 million in mostly small-dollar donations over a period of four days early in 2015.

More than 170 candidates pledged during the 2018 midterm cycle to not accept money from corporate PACs, according to an Axios report, though such funding typically represents a small portion of overall fundraising.