Wow, those Dems sure do like to spend money! Kamala Harris is leading the pack. She spent a lot of money hiring an online media firm—the same firm that boosted Bernie Sanders’ national standing when he ran against Hillary in the Democratic primary.
All Congressmen are required to file their financials with the Federal Election Commission (FEC); their records show that Harris paid the Washington, D.C. based firm Revolution Messaging LLC, a six-digit sum of $255,000. The fees were paid by the Kamala Harris for Senate campaign between July 1 and September 30, 2017.
Most of the campaign’s moola was spent on website ads with some going to pay campaign consultants. More than half of all money went to Revolution Messaging; so far Harris has paid the firm $650,000 this year.
Senators file financial reports with the Secretary of the Senate, and they’re forwarded to the FEC.
Revolution LLC’s website says “Your revolution starts here” and touts its decades of experience creating progressive movements. They hold up the March for Racial Justice and Bernie’s campaign as their signature projects.
Revolution Messaging helped boost Bernie Sanders’s national profile last year when he was running in the Democratic primary against Hillary Clinton, pushing his message out and creating his digital and branding strategy.
Their web story says they knew way back in the spring of 2015 that Bernie Sanders “was a leader who stood on the right side of history.” He was polling at a paltry 3 percent, and had very little name recognition, no Democratic support and no SuperPAC or support from the almighty Wall Street.
Amazingly they created a branding strategy in three days and ended up raising $218 million online, with an average donation of about $25 per donor.
Harris appears to want Revolution to work the Bernie magic on her campaign. There’s been a lot of buzz lately that top Dem donors have started eyeing Harris as their 2020 favorite. There was even a rumor about a lavish party in the Hamptons, given by former top Clinton donors.
Anonymous donors say that Harris will definitely be running. All the signs are there. Her campaign has rented office space on Capitol Hill already and she’s even hired some Clinton campaign veterans. The L.A. Times reports she’s raised nearly $500,000 in the last three months alone, bringing her war chest total to $1.5 million.
Harris is a lawyer and is also the junior Senator from California, serving alongside Diane Feinstein who is 84 years old. Harris’ husband Doug Emhoff is also a lawyer and managing partner of Venable LLP, a West Coast law firm. Interestingly, Emhoff just took the bar exam again—in Washington D.C.
Many Democrats are salivating at the thought that Harris might run. She’s young, black and female, and many believe she is exactly the candidate to run against and defeat Trump. Harris serves on the Senate intelligence committee and has made a name for herself there. Prior to becoming a Senator, she was California’s Attorney General. Harris is a strong advocate for criminal justice reform. She is clearly a rising star in the DNC. She is only the second black woman in history to serve as a Senator.
Like Bernie was, Harris is unknown on the national stage. More than half of voters don’t even know who she is. She seems like a centrist, and it will remain to be seen if she can sway the ever-shifting uber-left wing of the party. Progressives in the party don’t think she’s the right pick. Harris’ fellow Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand, the junior senator from New York serving alongside veteran Chuck Schumer has also been touted as a possible candidate. Who knows, maybe the Dems will have an all-female ticket in 2020.
Democrats already realize their work is cut out for them. They are slowly realizing that Trump was elected by a movement, and they realize they will have to inspire the same type of movement if they have any hope of winning the White House in 2020. Can Dems do it? Can they fire up their base as effectively as Trump fired up his? However it turns out, it appears that Revolution will be right alongside Harris, collecting a tidy sum as they boost her into the spotlight.