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Kamala Harris Closes State Campaign State Campaign Arm

Kamala Harris Closes State Campaign State Campaign Arm

Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) has all but confirmed her run for president by shutting down her state campaign committee and donating its roughly $1 million balance to a host of organizations. Politico reports that the money raised for the “Harris for Governor 2026” committee -- which essentially served as an account to park money she raised while serving as the CA Attorney General before she was elected Senator in 2016 -- will go to 19 organizations. Harris is gifting $75,000 to the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights; $100,000 to displaced firefighters and a foundation that looks after fallen firefighters; $50,000 to Swords to Plowshares; $50,000 to the Anti-Recidivism Coalition; $100,000 to the Los Angeles Brotherhood Crusade; and $75,000 to the National Domestic Workers Alliance. She has been making the media rounds this week promoting her book, The Truths We Hold: An American Journey, which was released on Tuesday. In the memoir, the 54-year-old Howard University graduate details an exchange with former White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, who was peeved the Senator phoned him at home in 2017 to discuss the urgent chaos happening due to the president’s travel ban. "He said gruffly, 'Why are you calling me at home with this?' That was his chief concern," Harris wrote. "By the time we got off the phone, it was clear that he didn't understand the depth of what was going on. He said he'd get back to me, but he never did." Harris is expected to kick off her candidacy this month, though she coyly has not confirmed a White House run. More here.

Barack Obama Kicks Off Asia Pacific Foundation Work in Hawaii 

Barack Obama Kicks Off Asia Pacific Foundation Work in Hawaii 

Best Buy Appoints Health Care Exec to Board of Directors

Best Buy Appoints Health Care Exec to Board of Directors