Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris on Monday said she has changed her mind about accepting corporate donations, pledging now that, "I'm not going to accept corporate PAC checks."
During an interview with the New York radio program "The Breakfast Club," the California Democrat said she was caught off-guard when she refused to denounce corporate cash a few weeks ago.
"I was asked that question, I wasn't expecting the question," Harris said about the town hall in Sacramento earlier this month. "And I thought about it afterwards.
"I think that money has had such an outside influence on politics, and especially with the Supreme Court determining Citizens United, which basically means that big corporations can spend unlimited amounts of money influencing our campaigns, right?" Harris told the show's co-hosts.
"We're all supposed to have an equal vote, but money has now really tipped the balance between an individual having equal power in an election to a corporation," Harris said. "So I've actually made a decision since I had that conversation that I'm not going to accept corporate PAC checks. I just, I'm not."
Harris had previously answered, "it depends" when she was asked directly about accepting corporate cash at the April town hall.
Harris said she's raised $3 million so far this year, "most of that has been $18, $20 increments," she said.
Harris has yet to say whether she'll run for the Democratic nomination for president in 2020. However, her decision means that the top 5 potential Senate Democratic presidential candidates have all sworn off corporate dollars, CNN reports.
Sens. Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker and Kirsten Gillibrand have all vowed not to accept corporate PAC cash.
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