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Sen. Kamala Harris was forced to lay off dozens of campaign staff at her office in Baltimore because, according to a survey, her flailing run for the White House continues to suffer from weak polling results and money woes.
Politico writes on Wednesday that in addition to the layoffs in Baltimore, Harris’ campaign is also slashing or re-deploying staff in its offices in key primary states like Iowa, New Hampshire and California. In fact, the Harris campaign is cutting wages from top officials, including campaign manager Juan Rodriguez, who received $10,000 a month. “Harris’ consultants will also have their payments reduced and the campaign plans to trim and renegotiate other contracts to slash overhead,” Politico reports.
Harris’ sluggish fundraising performance, coupled with excessive spending, prompted some people inside and outside her campaign to wonder how long she could continue running for the highest office in the country. In the third quarter, Harris blew $14.6 million but only raised $11.8 million — leaving her with a $2.8 million spending gap. Additionally, her campaign deferred around $900,000 in debts, an accounting trick that inflated her cash on hand.
“It’s an unsustainable path,” Ami Copeland, who served as deputy national finance director for Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign, told Politico.
“If that’s the best you’ll squeeze out bringing all of the assets to bear, it’s looking very dire,” Copeland said of Harris’ third-quarter figures.
An unnamed Democrat donor, who gave Harris’ campaign the maximum amount, expressed frustration at her lack of fundraising prowess.
“She’s from fucking California. The idea that you don’t have support of high-dollar donors doesn’t make any sense,” the donor told Politico. “I blame her.”
Harris, whose poll numbers have fallen gradually since she announced her White House campaign in January, places fifth with 4.9% national support. A recently-released KQED survey shows Harris quickly losing ground to frontrunners, Sens. Elizabeth Warren Bernie Sanders in her home state of California. The poll shows Warren leading with primary voters with 28 percent, while Sanders enjoys 24 percent support and former Vice President Joe Biden at 19 percent. South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg sits in fourth with 9 percent followed by Harris with a mere 8 percent.