Kamala Harris Flip Flops on Receiving Corporate Donations

April 23, 2018

Sen. Kamala Harris (D., Calif.) flipped flopped this month on whether she would receive corporate donations, saying most recently she would not accept checks from corporations' political action committees.

During a town hall in Sacramento, California on April 5, Harris said "it depends" in response to a question about whether she would commit to turning down corporate campaign donations.

"I appreciate the reasons you're asking [the question]," Harris told the audience member who asked the question.

"That's why we have rules that require that any donation that anyone receives needs to be disclosed, so that you can do an assessment and the voters can do an assessment and look at where the contributions come from and make your decisions about whether those contributions have influenced the way that people act and the way that people vote," Harris said. "So I'm an open book there. Feel free to look at it and then draw your own conclusions about what has motivated me and what hasn't."

Her answer received criticism from other liberals who believe donations from corporations and corporate PACs should be banned.

Monday morning, Harris appeared on the controversial radio show, "The Breakfast Club," where she changed her answer. Harris said such donations have an unfair influence on politics.

"So I’ve actually made a decision since I had that conversation that I’m not gonna accept corporate PAC checks," Harris said. "I'm just, I'm not."

Many have speculated Harris may attempt a run for president in 2020 after rising to fame during her 2016 Senate campaign where she espoused many far-left views.