Kamala Harris Raises $1.5 Million as Right Wingers Resurface Birtherism
Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) raised more than $1.5 million in online donations in the first 24 hours of announcing her candidacy for president. The donations included more than 38,000 individual donors, with the average donation hovering at $37. The Senator is expected to be a fundraising powerhouse. In April 2018, Harris said she would no longer accept corporate PAC money. However, prior to that, she accepted plenty during the 2016 and 2018 cycles, receiving almost $361,000 in business PAC contributions. In the 2018 cycle, when she was not even running, she raised more than $6.4 million overall, which was more than the average Senator. In her 2016 campaign, she raised above $15 million. Much of the contributions were movie industry dollars. Top contributors to Harris’ PAC included Time Warner ($127,725) and 21st Century Fox ($89,325). The contributions flowed in as a far-right conspiracy theorist resurfaced birtherism accusations, falsely insisting that Harris -- who was born in Oakland, CA -- could not legally be president because her parents had lived in the U.S. for less than five years before having her. CNN’s Chris Cuomo came under fire for suggesting in a since-deleted tweet that there’s no proof of where Harris was born and that the onus is on her to prove right-wing “birther” conspiracists wrong. He has since apologized and tried to clarify the tweet. More here.