Kamala Harris shutters state campaign committee amid talk of 2020 bid
Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisRand Paul introduces bill to end no-knock warrants The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook McEnany says Juneteenth is a very ‘meaningful’ day to Trump 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.
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.
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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 WarrenWarren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Joint Chiefs chairman says he regrets participating in Trump photo-op | GOP senators back Joint Chiefs chairman who voiced regret over Trump photo-op | Senate panel approves 0B defense policy bill Trump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names 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 BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE, Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Milley apologizes for church photo-op Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness MORE (I-Vt.) and former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas).