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“Sen. Kamala Harris raises $440,547 this quarter ”

LA Times: Sen. Kamala Harris raises $440,547 this quarter

By Sarah D Wire

Sen. Kamala Harris raised $440,547 in the last three months, bringing her war chest to $1.5 million with five years to go before she's up for reelection.

Most of Harris' contributions come from individual donors.

Unlike House members, who have to file reports electronically with the Federal Election Commission, senators file reports on paper with the Secretary of the Senate. The Senate then forwards those paper reports to the FEC, which pays a company to hand input them into a digital system. It's a time-consuming process that can delay for weeks or months the release of public information about how much a candidate raises or spends.

Harris is among about 20 senators who voluntarily submit campaign finance reports directly to the Federal Election Commission so they can be made public more quickly.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) does her filing the old-fashioned way, so some time could pass before a detailed picture emerges of how much she raised and spent in the third quarter.

The last report showed Feinstein with $3.6 million in the bank, a fraction of what she will need ahead of the 2018 election, especially with the announcement over the weekend that state Sen. Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) is challenging her and speculation swirling about who else will jump into the race.

The top four Democrats running for California governor stood onstage Sunday for the first major candidate forum, splintering over single-payer healthcare but little else.

The divide on healthcare mirrored the conflict within the Democratic Party both nationally and in California, with progressives — including those who backed Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders for president — aggressively pushing for universal healthcare while moderates and establishment party members want to plot a more deliberative, cautious course.

On almost every other issue, from immigration to making housing more affordable in California, the four gubernatorial candidates aligned on Sunday. They remained cordial throughout the 90-minute exchange, taking only a few subtle digs at one another that would probably go unnoticed by voters paying only casual attention to the race.

The candidates each called for an increase in coverage for mental health and for holding healthcare companies more accountable. They threw sharp jabs at the Trump administration, vowing to take legal action to shield immigrants in California.