Former Hewlett-Packard Co. chief executive Carly Fiorina has taken the first formal step toward running for the U.S. Senate seat of Democrat Barbara Boxer.
Fiorina filed for a tax identification number on Tuesday and registered a campaign committee named "Carly for California." The committee will allow her to begin raising money for a potential 2010 run for the Republican nomination.
Spokeswoman Beth Miller says the 54-year-old Fiorina, who stumped for Sen. John McCain during his presidential run, will begin meeting with policy advisers and donors but has no timetable for making a formal announcement. If she runs, Fiorina would face state Assemblyman Chuck DeVore of Irvine in the GOP primary.
The announcement from the former HP head comes just a day after fundraising numbers were revealed for California political candidates. Meg Whitman, Fiorina's fellow Sen. McCain supporter, the former eBay CEO raised more than $10 million for her run for California governor since Jan. 1. While San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom raised just over $1.7 million for the state's highest position.
Fiorina took the top job at HP in 1999 and led a $24 billion acquisition of Compaq Computer before being forced out in 2005.