2020 Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris’ campaign and official office this week are struggling to justify why men are paid more than women as she has been vocal against companies who don’t pay women and men equally.
On Monday, the Californian stated she will take “executive action” and bypass Congress to fine companies and ban federal contractors who do not meet her “Equal Pay Certification.”
While on the campaign trail, Harris called this plan “historic,” and the “first of its kind.”
Because of my equal pay plan we released this week, Los Angeles Councilmember @BobBlumenfield launched Equal Pay LA to implement our plan on a local scale. Proud that L.A. is leading the way to close the pay gap and ensure women are paid fairly.
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) May 23, 2019
But her own campaign would not hold up against her standards. The Washington Free Beacon broke the story and analysis showing how Harris’ 2020 campaign and Senate office fail on equal pay standards.
- From April 1, 2018, to September 31, 2018, the median male salary disbursement was $34,999, and the median female salary disbursement was $32,999.
- That gives women 94 cents of every dollar paid to men in her office.
- In Harris’s presidential campaign for February 2019, the median female salary disbursement was $5,763.97 compared to $6,632.23 for men.
Harris’ equal pay plan would include harsh penalties on companies for not “meeting her executive ordered certification standard. For every 1% gap that exists after accounting for differences in job titles, experience, and performance, companies will be fined at 1% of their average daily profits during the last fiscal year.”
Harris’ plan makes no mention of having females come forward with complaints, a standard professional practice that has been proven effective in the workforce.
The Republican National Committee punched back at Harris on Fox News.
“We don’t need to strap new regulations, burdens, or fines on businesses to create opportunities for women, and President Trump’s economic record is a testament to that,” said Blair Ellis, RNC press secretary.
Marissa Martinez is a political contributor for Accuracy in Media. She is the former political director to Massachusetts Governor’s re-election campaign, alumna of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and political consultant to national PACs. Follow her AIM border stories, @MarissaAlisa