Indian-origin US Senator Kamala Harris has raised $12 million in just the first quarter of her presidential campaign. The collection, which was made only through online, has set an early high bar for the Democratic field, challenging President Donald Trump in 2020.
If elected, she would create history by becoming the first woman in the White House.
Harris, 54, officially launched her campaign in January for the US presidential election next year.
Raising $1.1 million only through online campaigning which is half of the total haul for Harris in the final week of March, when she spent heavily to attract more donors ahead of the financial deadline
Harris became the second major candidate to announce her first-quarter fundraising total after South Bend, Indiana while another candidate Mayor Pete Buttigieg raised over $7 million in the first quarter.
Harris said she received 218,000 individual contributions during the first quarter and 98 per cent of those contributions came in amounts smaller than $100.
This is a campaign powered by the people, focused on making healthcare a right, putting $500 a month in the pockets of working Americans, and giving every public school teacher in America a raise. We’re excited by the support we’re already seeing.”
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Harris’ campaign stressed that she is seeking donations only for the primary election and that 99.45 per cent of her donors can contribute again because they did not hit the maximum for the primary and general election.
The campaign’s announcement came after Sunday’s Federal Election Commission quarterly fundraising deadline.