Sen. Kamala Harris of California raised $12 million in the past three months, her presidential campaign said Friday. Harris's second-quarter total is less than some other first-tier 2020 White House hopefuls, who have already released their totals ahead of the July 15 deadline to report to the Federal Election Commission, the AP reports. Pete Buttigieg brought in $24.8 million, Joe Biden raised $21.5 million, and Bernie Sanders collected $18 million, their campaigns said. Harris's announcement comes a week after the first presidential debate, during which she confronted Biden over his comments about his decades-old relationship with segregationist senators and his record on public school busing during the 1970s. Since then, her campaign has sought to capitalize on the moment.
Previously, her campaign said that it received online donations from roughly 63,000 people in the 23 hours following the debate, and that more than half of those donors had not previously supported her campaign. The Harris campaign added Friday that, of the money she raised this quarter, a half-million dollars came from her online store. The campaign is pointing to sales of a shirt that capitalizes on the moment from her exchange with Biden during first Democratic presidential debate. The shirts include a childhood photo of Harris, who at the debate discussed her childhood experience with the busing integration of elementary schools in Berkeley, California, in 1968. The $12 million that Harris raised is roughly equal to what the California senator brought in the first fundraising quarter, which ended on March 31.
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