Kamala Harris refunds campaign donations from lobbyist and speechwriter for foreign governments

The Mercury News

Sen. Kamala Harris’ presidential campaign said Wednesday that it had refunded two donations that violated the senator’s pledge not to accept money from lobbyists or agents of foreign governments. Sometime in January or February, Harris also received $2,700 from Vinca LaFleur, a speechwriter for the royal family of Jordan.

“Campaigns are realizing they need to walk the walk and not just talk the talk of reforming the system,” said Brendan Fischer, a lawyer with the Campaign Legal Center, a good government group. “Rejecting money from foreign lobbyists is a way candidates can signal that they’re going to stand up to the role money plays in our elections.”

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