In a field of 2020 Democratic presidential candidates with no shortage of money, Sen. Kamala Harris and her husband stand out.
The California Democrat and her spouse, lawyer Douglas Emhoff, reported about $1.9 million in adjusted gross income for last year, according to tax returns released earlier this year. Their 2018 haul more than doubles the next-highest earning candidate in the 2020 primary field, out of those who have released returns. Former Vice President Joe Biden, who reportedly has made millions since leaving office in 2017, has not yet released his returns.
Politicians often rack up huge incomes during and after their time in office. Harris’ tax returns show an official whose financial success jumped along with her influence on the national stage — and put her among the top earners in a crowded field trying to prove its chops on working-class issues.
Like Sanders and some other rivals, Harris finds herself in the awkward position of a high-income candidate campaigning on helping the low-income Americans they say the economic system has abused.