In 2011, then-California Attorney General Kamala Harris’ office paid nearly $35,000 in a mysterious settlement with a top aide who quietly left the office, a document obtained by Insider through a public-records request shows.
The settlement has long been an open secret in Harris’ political orbit, and it resurfaced during Harris’ White House bid and again when she emerged as a top contender for Joe Biden’s vice-presidential pick.
Details of the dispute aren’t clear from the document, which contains nondisclosure language preventing Harris’ office and her former aide, Terri Carbaugh, from discussing their settlement.
“It’s odd,” said Michael Genest, a former chief financial policy adviser for then California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger who also served in several other California agencies. He said Harris could have fired a political appointee “for any reason or no reason,” unless it was a reason that was prohibited, such as discrimination or retaliation.
Chris Dodd, the former Connecticut senator spearheading Biden’s vice-presidential search team, has been informed of the settlement, and WilmerHale, a law firm involved in the VP vetting of Harris, is in possession of the settlement document, a former Harris staffer confirmed.
Harris has been a leading critic of nondisclosure agreements used to shield workplace harassment. There’s no evidence that the agreement with Carbaugh involved allegations of harassment, but neither Carbaugh nor Harris’ representatives would elaborate on the record about the dispute or why it necessitated the use of an NDA.
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A mysterious decade-old document from Sen. Kamala Harris’ tenure as California attorney general has sparked a series of unanswered questions surrounding a $34,900 settlement agreement reached with a top aide who quietly left her office, Insider has learned.
The 13-page document — obtained by Insider through a public-records request — offers a glimpse into a 2011 dispute involving Harris and her top aide, Terri Carbaugh. Carbaugh, a longtime political operative from the same political circles as Harris in San Francisco, eventually became her chief deputy in the AG office.
The settlement has been circulating among media outlets for at least a year, though it appears no one has mentioned it specifically in their reporting. It’s surfacing again as Harris emerges on the short list to be presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s running mate.
Chris Dodd, the former Connecticut senator spearheading Biden’s vice-presidential search team, has been informed of the settlement and WilmerHale, a law firm involved in the VP vetting of Harris, is in possession of the settlement document, a former Harris staffer said.
The settlement appears to put an end to a legal dispute between Carbaugh and Harris’ office, though it also is scant on details about the underlying issue. What’s apparent from the document is that both sides avoided what could have been a lengthy and expensive court battle. Carbaugh walked away with nearly $35,000 in taxpayer cash, in exchange for dropping her own claim to damages surrounding her employment there, and both sides pledged to stay quiet about it.
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