Kamala Harris Spent Over $25 Million on Failed Campaign

Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., speaks during a presidential forum at the California Democr
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Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) dropped out of the 2020 presidential race on Tuesday despite spending over $25 million on her failed campaign.

The latest campaign finance report issued on September 30 showed that Harris had spent $25,877,003, with $10 million cash on hand, according to Open Secrets. The campaign likely spent millions more in the two months since the last report, but the exact numbers will not be revealed until January 2020.

“My campaign for president simply doesn’t have the financial resources we need to continue,” Harris wrote in a message to supporters, noting that it was “harder and harder to raise the money we need to compete.”

Prior to her announcement, Harris canceled a high profile fundraiser on Tuesday at a New York law firm.

The New York Times and the Washington Post recently reported problematic divisions within the campaign with little leadership, a narrative that clearly hurt her ability to fundraise.

Although some Democrats questioned Harris’s decision to attack former Vice President Joe Biden for his past opposition to federally mandated public busing, other strategists saw the attack as proof she had the skill to take on President Trump in the general election.

Harris began the race polling in double digits in the summer, after a big campaign rollout in California, earning as much as 20 percent support from Democrats in a late June Quinnipiac poll.

Fellow 2020 Democrat candidate Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI)) also helped cripple Harris’s campaign, highlighting her record as a criminal prosecutor in California during a Democrat debate in July.


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