The Democrats want everyone to forget Sen. Kamala Harris’s (D-CA) failed presidential run, she’s been busted for still owing more than $1 million in unpaid bills for her campaign.
She wants to blithely move on to greener pastures, but the past is catching up with her.
According to Federal Election Committee filings, Harris still owes $1.1 million in debt to various campaign vendors.
Harris initially raised $39 million during her 2019 campaign, while spending about $40 million. As her poll ratings fell and the campaign coffers ran dry, Harris was forced to suspend her campaign before she even made it to a primary.
According to Bloomberg, which first reported on Harris’ debt, “Harris’s campaign ended June with $116,380 in the bank, not enough to pay off her the debts. This year, donors have given a little more than $48,000.”
Harris reportedly owes Perkins Coie LLP, an international law fir $523,883 at the end of June, Corporate and private security provider TorchStone Global LLC was owed $160,702, while SCRB Strategies, a California political consulting firm has still not received $92,408 in outstanding bills.
Though Harris and Biden raked in nearly $50 million in campaign donations in the two days after Biden announced Harris was joining the ticket, the Democrat ticket can only offer a small amount of financial assistance to Harris.
Bloomberg reported that Biden can only offer Harris $2,000 towards her campaign debts, and the Democratic National Committee can give just $5,000.
In a bind
The only real assistance that Biden can give Harris is to request that donors earmark their own dollars towards paying Harris’s debts.
Until Harris pays off the $1.1 million in outstanding invoices, she cannot officially shut down her presidential campaign, per federal law.
There appears to be a pattern of outstanding debts lasting long after failed Democrat presidential hopefuls suspend their campaigns. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who ended her campaign just after a poor showing on Super Tuesday, also owed $1.8 million at the end of June.
Both Warren and Harris are in a better position than former candidate Hillary Clinton, who owed more than $20 million in debt after losing the Democrat nomination to Barack Obama in 2008.