Indian American Kamala Harris’ Campaign Raises $12 Million for 2020 Presidential BidTop Stories

April 02, 2019 18:49
Indian American Kamala Harris’ Campaign Raises $12 Million for 2020 Presidential Bid

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The Indian American presidential candidate Kamala Harris has raised about USD 12 million over the first quarter of her presidential campaign.

The 54-year-old officially launched her campaign in January for the United States presidential election next year.

The California senator has raised around USD 1.1 million online in the final week of March when she spent heavily to attract more donors ahead of the financial deadline, CNN reported.

Harris, who is of Indian and Jamaican descent, became the second major candidate to announce her first-quarter fundraising total after South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg said he raised over USD 7 million in the first quarter, the report said.

If elected, Harris would create history by becoming the first woman in the White House.

Harris said she received 218,000 individual contributions during the first quarter and 98 percent of those contributions came in amounts smaller than USD 100.

"A nationwide network of hundreds of thousands of grassroots supporters has stepped up to lay the foundation for a winning campaign," Harris' campaign manager Juan Rodriguez was quoted as saying by the Hill magazine. 

"This is a campaign powered by the people, focused on making healthcare a right, putting USD 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."

Harris' campaign stressed that she is seeking donations only for the primary election and that 99.45 percent 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.

Although Harris did not reveal the amount she spent during the first three months of the year, nor how much cash she has remained in the bank for the long primary fight, the report said.

Her number is certain to be eclipsed by Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont and former Representative Beto O'Rourke of Texas, who each raised about USD 6 million in the first 24 hours of their campaigns, but it establishes a benchmark for the other Democrats who are competing for donors in an exceedingly crowded environment.

Indian-Americans are one of the fastest growing minorities in the country comprising about 1 percent of the American population.

By Sowmya Sangam

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