‘Pressure Works’: Kamala Harris Becomes Fifth Likely Democratic 2020 Contender to Swear Off Corporate Cash

Common Dreams – By Julia Conley – Apr 23, 2018

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Photo: Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) announced Monday that she had reversed course regarding corporate PAC donations, opting not to accept them. (Photo: Mobilus in Mobili/Flickr/cc).

“Any other Democrat who wants to run in 2020 should make the same pledge” to reject corporate PAC money, progressives say.

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) followed the lead of Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) on Monday when she announced that she would reject donations from corporate PACs, just a few weeks after a town hall attendee pointedly questioned her about her stance on such contributions.

On the New York-based radio show “The Breakfast Club,” host Charlamagne Tha God asked Harris about the exchange she had with a constituent in Sacramento, who asked her if she would take money from political action committees representing corporate interests. When Harris told the audience member, “It depends,” he replied, “Wrong answer.”

“I think that money has had such an outside influence on politics,” said Harris on Monday, two weeks after the exchange garnered attention. “…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. So I’ve actually made a decision since I had that conversation that I’m not going to accept corporate PAC checks.”

Harris is the fifth Democratic senator who’s been repeatedly named as a likely 2020 presidential contender to announce that she’ll forswear corporate money—a sign, some progressives said Monday, that the rejection of such contributions is rapidly becoming a prerequisite for candidacy.

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