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Kamala Harris inks fundraising deal with California Democrats

Attorney General Kamala Harris reacts as she takes questions from the media after addressing California Democrats, who now have a second candidate to consider for the U.S. Senate at the California Democrats State Convention in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, May 16, 2015.
Attorney General Kamala Harris reacts as she takes questions from the media after addressing California Democrats, who now have a second candidate to consider for the U.S. Senate at the California Democrats State Convention in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, May 16, 2015. AP

The California Democratic Party has found its first taker as part of an effort to jointly raise money with federal candidates.

Attorney General Kamala Harris, who is running for the seat being vacated by U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer, has agreed to allow her donors to write one big check that gets divided between her campaign and the state party.

The individual limit for Senate candidates remains $2,700 per election, or $5,400 for the cycle.

Harris’ move comes roughly a week after party Chairman John Burton invited all of the Democratic candidates for president and the U.S. Senate to sign a pact. His letter argued that because state parties are on calendar-year limits, opening a joint committee in 2015 will help it raise more money to prepare for 2016.

“We know that we could face a tidal wave of Republican money, and we know that if Democrats are competitive Democrats can win,” state party spokesman Michael Soller said. He called the first agreement a “sign that the attorney general values the work that the California Democratic Party and our members, do.”

Her Democratic opponent is Rep. Loretta Sanchez of Orange. Party activists are not expected issue an endorsement in the race until at least next February.

Added Soller: “We look forward to working with any candidate who will sign a joint-fundraising agreement with us and works to keep Sen. Boxer’s seat a Democratic seat.”

Christopher Cadelago: 916-326-5538, @ccadelago

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