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Harris’s Coziness with Lobbyists Will Be Her Undoing, Critics Say

The junior senator from California accepted more than $135,000 from lobbyists for her 2016 campaign.

Kamala Harris Lobbyists

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) is the liberal flavor of the month. Elected in 2016, Harris has been an establishment Democratic favorite for some time, and just last week, she tried to make inroads among the progressive wing, which has been more wary of her, by supporting Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-VT) Medicare for All proposal.

But a new report from Paste Magazine claims there are “135,613 reasons Kamala Harris will not be president in 2020”:

Harris has attended multiple fundraisers hosted by lobbyists, during and after the election, including one last month in the Hamptons. All told, during the 2016 election cycle, lobbyists donated $135,613 to her campaign. Those donations came from individuals representing a plethora of corporate interests—from big pharmaceutical companies and Wall Street banks to health care companies and telecommunications giants.

This is untenable for many progressives, some of whom trashed Harris in the pages of the New York Times back in July: “She’s one of the people the Democratic Party is putting up,” one Sanders supporter said. “In terms of where the progressives live, I don’t think there’s any ‘there’ there.”

Paste writer Walter Bragman elaborates:

The extent of Senator Harris’ relationship with her lobbyist donors is unclear, but their number and the fact that she tends to play it cautious on issues that affect their clients, is likely to put a lid on any presidential aspirations she may have.

With the Democratic Party divided along the fault lines exposed during the primary, both sides are looking to field the unifying candidate so as to control the direction of the party going forward. It is understandable then, why some would turn to Harris. An accomplished individual, she presents a strong public image and speaks with authority. But for now, she’s too conventional. She appears too comfortable with the party’s status quo. As we’ve already seen, that kind of Democrat doesn’t defeat Trump.

Should Harris decide to make a White House run in 2020, count on left-wing liberals fighting her every step of the way, tooth and nail.