Donald and Ivanka Trump Donated to Kamala Harris’ Campaigns
A report in The Sacramento Bee has revealed that Donald Trump and his daughter, Ivanka, each donated to Senator Kamala Harris when Harris was campaigning for California attorney general. According to the report:
In 2011 and again in 2013, Trump donated a total of $6,000 to Harris’ campaign for California attorney general. His daughter, Ivanka, also gave Harris $2,000 in 2014.
Harris was elected as California’s attorney general in 2010 and won reelection in 2014. She was elected to her first term in the Senate in 2016 and has announced she will run for the presidency in 2020. Her campaign did not respond to requests for comment.
In 2015, when asked about his donations to Democratic candidates, Trump compared it to a business transaction.
“I give to everybody,” he said at the time. “They call, I give. And you know what, when I need something from them two years later, three years later, I call them, they are there for me.”
Harris’ campaign spokesman, Ian Sams, says that wasn’t the case for Harris, and that she never “held a meeting or offered other special access to Trump when she was California attorney general.” He noted that Harris donated the $6,000 that Trump had contributed to a non-profit that advocates for civil and human rights for Central Americans in 2015, a year after she won re-election and as she was preparing to run for a seat in the Senate.