Sen. Kamala Harris said on Monday that her 2020 presidential campaign raised $ 12 million in the first three months of this year and set high expectations on what the wave of Democrats should do to compete in the crowded presidential battle.
The California Democrat said she raised the money from about 218,000 individual contributions in the first quarter of 2019 ending March 31. Harris launched her presidential campaign on January 21, and she said she is currently only subsidizing the primary election .  The campaign also said that about half of the fundraising amount comes from digital donations where the average online contribution is $ 28. The announcement did not say what the average overall contribution was.
Harris's message also did not include "cash on hand", which is how much the senator has in the bank and how much she has spent raising $ 12 million. Presidential campaigns have until April 15 to submit their quarterly federal election commission report, which will include their cash figures.
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Harris also contained that about. 11,000 of the individual contributions came from teachers. The Senator announced a plan late last month to drastically increase the teacher's base salary nationwide by about $ 13,500 for the average teacher the campaign has spied as "the largest federal investment in teachers' wages in history."  "A nationwide network of hundreds of thousands of grassroots supporters is stepping up to create the foundation for a winning campaign," said Harris campaign leader Juan Rodriguez in a statement. "This is a campaign run by the people … We are thrilled with the support we already see."
Since the start of his campaign in her home state of California, Harris toured large swing states including Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, and has spoken in several townhouses about issues that mean something for her such as marijuana legalization and "Medicare for all."
Harris's fundraising speech came the hours after Pete Buttigieg, the Democratic Mayor of South Bend, Indiana, announced that his 2020 presidential bid raised about $ 7 million in the same period from 158,550 donors . Buttigieg also did not include his cash.
Although Harris's message sets a high bar for fundraising, she competes with candidates such as Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) And former Rep. Rourke (D-Texas), each raised about $ 6 million within the first 24 hours of starting their campaigns. Sanders is also expected to hold a press release on Tuesday morning about his presidential bid.
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