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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 John TrumpHillary Clinton responds to Chrissy Teigen tweet: 'I love you back' Police called after Florida moms refuse to wear face masks at school board meeting about mask policy Supreme Court rejects Trump effort to shorten North Carolina mail-ballot deadline 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 BidenHillary Clinton responds to Chrissy Teigen tweet: 'I love you back' Supreme Court rejects Trump effort to shorten North Carolina mail-ballot deadline Overnight Defense: Trump campaign's use of military helicopter raises ethics concerns | Air Force jets intercept aircraft over Trump rally | Senators introduce bill to expand visa screenings 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 HarrisTrump fights for battleground Arizona Biden to air 90-minute radio programs targeting Black voters The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden's big battleground | Trump and Harris hit the trail in Arizona | Turnout surges among new voters MORE (D-Calif.) currently serves.

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Porter could be on Democratic California Gov. Gavin NewsomGavin NewsomWashington, Oregon, Nevada join California plan to review COVID-19 vaccine OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Ford, GM scientists knew in 1960s that emissions caused climate change: report | Testing for oil in Arctic wildlife refuge proposed for this winter | Biden's oil stance jars Democrats in tough races Electric vehicles see state-level gains MORE's shortlist for Harris's Senate seat, among other potential contenders such as Democratic California Reps. Karen BassKaren Ruth BassPorter raises .2 million in third quarter Overnight Defense: Appeals court revives House lawsuit against military funding for border wall | Dems push for limits on transferring military gear to police | Lawmakers ask for IG probe into Pentagon's use of COVID-19 funds Democrats push to limit transfer of military-grade gear to police MORE and Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffCIA impeachment whistleblower forced to live under surveillance due to threats: report In our 'Bizarro World' of 2020 politics, the left takes a wrong turn Greenwald slams Schiff over Biden emails on Fox 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."