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 Devi HarrisSusan Rice sees stock rise in Biden VP race Jaime Harrison seeks to convince Democrats he can take down Lindsey Graham Senators push foreign media to disclose if they are registered as foreign agents 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 WarrenSusan Rice sees stock rise in Biden VP race The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden chips away at Trump's fundraising advantage Warnock raises almost M in Georgia Senate race in second quarter MORE (D-Mass.) and Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandDemocratic lawmakers call for expanding, enshrining LGBTQ rights The Hill's 12:30 Report: Fauci 'aspirationally hopeful' of a vaccine by winter The Hill's Morning Report - Officials crack down as COVID-19 cases soar 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 SandersThe Memo: Unhappy voters could deliver political shocks beyond Trump Democratic senator will introduce bill mandating social distancing on flights after flying on packed plane Neil Young opposes use of his music at Trump Mount Rushmore event: 'I stand in solidarity with the Lakota Sioux' 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.