Kamala Harris’s Courting “Big Tech” is Why She is Democrat Veep Nominee

Kamala Harris is a U.S. Senator from California and was recently nominated by the Democrat Party to be their Vice Presidential nominee. The New York Times reveals she has courted Silicon Valley almost since the day she was elected to office in San Francisco. Harris wasn’t just picked for her Leftist radicalism (such as her record on climate change) but because Facebook, Google, etc. will come through (i.e. commit fraud) for her and the Democrats.

How Kamala Harris Forged Close Ties With Big Tech

Silicon Valley has enthusiastically backed Ms. Harris since she first ran for state attorney general in California a decade ago.

By Daisuke Wakabayashi, Stephanie Saul and Kenneth P. Vogel, August 20th, The New York Times

When Kamala Harris, then San Francisco’s district attorney, was running to become California’s attorney general in 2010, she did not hide her excitement about speaking at Google’s Silicon Valley campus.

“I’ve been wanting to come to the Google campus for a year and a half,” she said. “I’ve been wanting to come because I want these relationships and I want to cultivate them.”

For Ms. Harris, a Bay Area politician, connections to tech have been essential and perhaps inescapable. In past campaigns — her two elections to be attorney general, her successful run for the Senate and her failed bid for the Democratic presidential nomination — she relied on Silicon Valley’s tech elite for donations. And her network of family, friends and former political aides has fanned throughout the tech world.

Those close industry ties have coincided with a largely hands-off approach to companies that have come under increasing scrutiny from regulators and lawmakers around the world. As California’s attorney general, critics say, Ms. Harris did little to curb the power of tech giants as they gobbled up rivals and muscled into new industries. As a senator, consumer advocacy groups said, she has often moved in lockstep with tech interests.

“This is good news” for tech companies, said Hal Singer, an economist who specializes in antitrust and a managing director at Econ One, a consulting firm. “They probably feel like they have one of their own and that at the margin this is going to help push back against any reform.”

A spokeswoman for Ms. Harris declined to comment for this article.

Silicon Valley’s Democratic power brokers have been enthusiastic backers of Ms. Harris. In her first statewide campaign, she raised 36 percent more money than her Republican opponent with the help of large donations from prominent tech investors like the billionaire John Doerr, who was an early investor in Google, and Ron Conway, a venture capitalist who is active in Democratic politics.

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