As he looks to unseat Sen. Lindsey Graham in South Carolina’s election for the U.S. Senate, Jaime Harrison reportedly has the backing of some heavy-hitting bundlers.
Harrison, the former chairman of the state’s Democratic Party, reportedly now has several big-dollar fundraisers helping him to procure the needed monies to win the election against Graham, a Republican lawmaker and ally of President Donald Trump. The information comes from “people with direct knowledge of the matter” but names have not been publicly disclosed.
(via CNBC): The development comes as Harrison’s campaign reported outraising Graham in the first quarter of 2020, $7.3 million to $5.5 million, according to Federal Election Commission filings. Graham, however, has slightly more cash on hand, with $12 million compared with Harrison’s $8 million.
While the individual names of those contributing to his fundraisers are currently under lock and key, his list of bundlers helping to arrange events and reaching out to prospective donors includes Jon Henes, a senior partner at legal juggernaut Kirkland & Ellis; Brian Mathis, a founding partner at investment firm Pine Street; Mike Kempner, the CEO of public relations juggernaut MWWPR; Melissa Prober, a senior associate counsel at the New York Genome Project; Sarah Min, a digital media consultant; and Jonathan Klein, a partner at DLA Piper.
Though the Senate race in South Carolina is still being labeled as “safe Republican” by Larry Sabato’s Crystal Ball, Harrison is banking on a turnover as he’s been running on lowering the cost of health care, expanding the child care tax credit and supporting paid family and sick leave.
Harrison also once ran to be the chairman of the Democratic National Committee but eventually dropped out of the race and later endorsed Tom Perez.