Biden’s lawyers asked Kamala Harris’ niece Meena to stop using her aunt to bolster her brand, the report says

  • Meena Harris sold clothes and books that used the name and face of her aunt, the vice president.
  • Biden transition lawyers reportedly told Harris that she should stop profiting from her aunt’s success.
  • Harris’ campaign, Phenomenal Woman, has now stopped stockpiling products related to Kamala Harris.
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Lawyers for President Joe Biden asked Meena Harris to stop using her aunt, Vice President Kamala Harris, in her business ventures, reported the Los Angeles Times.

Harris, a 36-year-old businesswoman and author, has used similarity with the vice president in a book and in her clothing lines.

The cover of Harris’ 2020 children’s book, “Kamala and Maya’s Big Idea,” was adorned with his aunt’s face and name. (Maya is the name of Kamala’s sister, Meena’s mother.)

Meena Harris’ company, Phenomenal Woman, previously sold swimwear

Her company, Phenomenal Woman, sold former swimwear inspired by the vice president and sweaters with “Vice President Aunt“emblazoned on the front.

But after Biden and Kamala Harris won the election in 2020, the transition team’s ethics lawyers told Meena Harris that she was no longer allowed to use her aunt’s resemblance to her books or clothes, a White House official told the LA Times.

Transitional ethics lawyers told her she was allowed to sell out of the products related to the vice president, but not to rebuild them, Politico reported.

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Cover of Meena Harris’ 2020 book, “Kamala and Maya’s Big Idea.”

Meena Harris

“Some things cannot be undone,” another White House official told the LA Times. “That being said, behavior needs to change.”

Sabrina Singh, a spokeswoman for the vice president, told the LA Times: “It is the White House’s policy that the vice president’s name should not be used in any commercial activity that can reasonably be understood to imply an endorsement or support.”

Meena Harris told the Times in a statement: “Since the beginning of the campaign, I have insisted on upholding all legal and ethical standards and will continue to adhere strictly to the ethical rules of the Biden / Harris White House.”

“As for the phenomenon, it was always our plan to remove the resemblance to the vice president from the website before the inauguration and to refrain from using her resemblance in products or campaigns in the future.”

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Meena Harris at the inauguration on January 20, 2021.

Drew Angerer / Staff / Getty Images

Meena Harris has participated in several other projects that have been aunt in recent weeks.

According to the LA Times, Harris started a production company that made a video praising his aunt’s performance, and also collaborated with Beats by Dre on a pair of headphones labeled “the first, but not the last”, a famous quote popularly by Harris, the first female vice president.

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Democratic party figures have for the past four years criticized President Donald Trump for strengthen his family’s business interests through the office of his presidency, and Biden White House is eager to distance itself from this behavior.

“We have been attacking Trumps for years on all the rough stuff,” a former adviser to Kamala Harris told the LA Times. “We should be much cleaner.”

IN an interview with Insider before the release of his second book, “Ambitious Girl,” Harris praised his aunt’s performance.

“For young girls to see someone similar to them elected to the second highest office in the country is really an incredible feeling that we have all been fighting for a very long time,” she said.

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