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Trump donations to Harris attorney general campaign gain renewed attention after VP announcement

President TrumpDonald TrumpWhite House denies pausing military aid package to Ukraine Poll: 30 percent of GOP voters believe Trump will 'likely' be reinstated this year Black Secret Service agent told Trump it was offensive to hold rally in Tulsa on Juneteenth: report MORE's and his daughter Ivanka TrumpIvanka TrumpUkraine sanctions two businessmen tied to Giuliani Michael Cohen predicts Trump will turn on family after revelation of criminal probe Eric Trump buys .2M home near father's golf club in Florida MORE’s donations to Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisHarris signals a potential breakthrough in US-Mexico cooperation Watch live: Harris delivers remarks on vaccination efforts Biden signs Juneteenth bill: 'Great nations don't ignore their most painful moments' MORE’s (D-Calif.) California attorney general campaign gained renewed attention after she was named former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenObama: Ensuring democracy 'continues to work effectively' keeps me 'up at night' New Jersey landlords prohibited from asking potential tenants about criminal records Overnight Defense: Pentagon pulling some air defense assets from Middle East | Dems introduce resolution apologizing to LGBT community for discrimination | White House denies pausing military aid package to Ukraine MORE’s running mate in the 2020 general election. 

According to the California secretary of state's website, the Trumps donated a total of $8,000 to Harris’s campaigns from 2011-2014. Trump, a former real estate tycoon and television personality, announced his candidacy for president in 2015, and had not held public office before that. 

The campaign contributions were reported last year while Harris was still a contender in the Democratic primary by the Washington Examiner and Fox News. According to an affidavit obtained by those outlets, the Trumps made a $5,000 donation to Harris at the request of then-New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman (D).

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A Harris spokesperson told The Sacramento Bee in 2019 that she donated the contributions to a nonprofit organization that advocates for civil and human rights for Central Americans.

Reporting about the donations resurfaced Tuesday after Biden named Harris as his running mate. 

During an interview with PBS Newshour's Yamiche Alcindor Tuesday, Trump senior adviser Katrina Pierson said that the president "donated to candidates across all aisles." 

I will note that Kamala Harris is a Black woman [and] he donated to her campaign, so I hope we can squash this racism argument now,” she added. 

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Conservative lawyer and outspoken Trump critic George ConwayGeorge ConwayGeorge Conway: GOP blocking Jan. 6 commission 'more appalling' than both Trump acquittals Press: Get orange jumpsuit ready: extra large Influential Republicans detail call to reform party, threaten to form new one MORE tweeted the Bee's 2019 story on the donations.  

And Tom Winter, an investigative journalist for NBC News, also highlighted the donation found on the website for the California secretary of state. 

Harris will be the first woman of color on a major party’s presidential ticket after she is nominated during the Democratic National Convention next week. The president’s reelection campaign has come out with arms swinging since Biden named Harris his running mate.

In an ad sent out on Twitter quickly after the Democratic ticket was announced, the Trump campaign dubbed them "Slow Joe and Phony Kamala,” framing her as a far-left candidate. Trump tweeted Wednesday morning that Harris is “the kind of opponent everyone dreams of.”

The Hill has reached out to the Biden and Trump campaigns for comment.