Juul Insiders Throw Cash Behind a Surprising Democratic Presidential Candidate

  • Kamala Harris received nearly twice as much in campaign donations from Juul insiders than any other Democratic presidential candidate.
  • In fact, she’s received more Juul cash than every other candidate combined.
  • Why are Juul insiders supporting her rather than more popular candidates like Joe Biden?

While likely Democratic presidential primary voters rally around Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, and Bernie Sanders, insiders at embattled vaping firm Juul Labs have thrown their financial support behind a far less popular candidate: Kamala Harris.

In the 2020 election cycle, Harris – the junior US senator from California – has received $12,360 from the vaping firm’s insiders, the highest amount of any presidential candidate. Juul, which is estimated to have a 70% market share of the US e-cigarette market, is based in San Francisco.

Despite polling around 5%, Kamala Harris has received more campaign donations from Juul (which is based in her home state of California) than every other Democratic presidential candidate combined. | Data: OpenSecrets.org

What has Kamala Harris said about Juul?

While the US 2020 presidential candidate has not voiced any strong criticism of Juul, she has not been totally silent either.

Juul’s favorite Democratic presidential candidate is Kamala Harris, at least when it comes to insider campaign donations. | Source: AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee

Last month, Harris joined nine other US senators in accusing Juul of “addicting a new generation of young Americans to nicotine.” This was in a letter that called on Juul to eliminate anti-consumer policies and provisions that help the company evade civil liability.

However, Harris was conspicuously missing from a Democratic-led effort in April meant to investigate Juul’s marketing tactics for evidence of targeting minors.

The probe also targeted the owner of Big Tobacco firm Philip Morris USA, Altria, which last year acquired a 35% interest in Juul.

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