Porter raises $5.2 million in third quarter

Porter raises $5.2 million in third quarter
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Rep. Katie Porter (D-Calif.) raised $5.2 million in the third fundraising quarter of 2020, an eyebrow-raising number for one of the Democratic Party's most prominent freshmen in Congress. 

In total, Porter has raised $13.2 million for this election cycle while her Republican opponent Greg Raths trails behind at $740,000 raised, The Washington Post reported.

Porter, a professor who took over representing California's traditionally Republican 45th District in 2018, has emerged as a sharp critic of financial industry officials and members of President TrumpDonald TrumpRonny Jackson, former White House doctor, predicts Biden will resign McCarthy: Pelosi appointing members of Jan. 6 panel who share 'pre-conceived narrative' Kinzinger denounces 'lies and conspiracy theories' while accepting spot on Jan. 6 panel MORE's administration.

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"We try, in our fundraising, to be really honest with people, and avoid sky-is-falling scare tactics," Porter told the Post. "I think the reason that people should vote for me is they think I'm doing a good job. And I think that's why people have been donating, as well."

Porter said the resources would be allocated toward media marketing to hold her competitive seat for the 45th District. Other funds will be given to her PAC, Truth to Power, and donations to 28 Democratic candidates who have endorsed her since the start of this campaign cycle.

The California representative has said she would consider seeking to work for former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHouse Republican calls second bout of COVID-19 'far more challenging' Conflicting school mask guidance sparks confusion Biden: Pathway to citizenship in reconciliation package 'remains to be seen' MORE's administration should he win the November election.

"I will always at least consider, if not say yes, to anything I could do to help solve the problems that are facing America," said Porter in August.

If Biden wins, his victory would also leave an empty seat in the Senate, where his vice presidential running mate Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisWill Pence primary Trump — and win? Kavanaugh conspiracy? Demands to reopen investigation ignore both facts and the law 'CON laws' limit the health care competition Biden aims to deliver MORE (D-Calif.) currently serves.

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Porter could be on Democratic California Gov. Gavin NewsomGavin NewsomJudge clears way for Larry Elder to appear on California recall ballot Caitlyn Jenner pledges to support Trump if he makes another bid for the White House Harris says she will campaign for Newsom in California recall election MORE's shortlist for Harris's Senate seat, among other potential contenders such as Democratic California Reps. Karen BassKaren Ruth BassScott: 'There is hope' for police reform bill Biden: Republicans who say Democrats want to defund the police are lying Omar leads lawmakers in calling for US envoy to combat Islamophobia MORE and Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffHouse erupts in anger over Jan. 6 and Trump's role Six takeaways: What the FEC reports tell us about the midterm elections Lobbying world MORE.

"I'm taking on a new role with the [Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee] DCCC here in the next couple weeks, helping to get other front-liners and other freshmen [to] just step up and contribute," Porter said.

Porter added, "We really are a team, and we need to act like it, and not just in terms of writing checks, but in terms of engaging with each other on fundraising, encouraging each other, and introducing each other to people living in conversation and events."