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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 TrumpNoem touts South Dakota coronavirus response, knocks lockdowns in CPAC speech On The Trail: Cuomo and Newsom — a story of two embattled governors McCarthy: 'I would bet my house' GOP takes back lower chamber in 2022 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 BidenNoem touts South Dakota coronavirus response, knocks lockdowns in CPAC speech On The Trail: Cuomo and Newsom — a story of two embattled governors Biden celebrates vaccine approval but warns 'current improvement could reverse' 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 HarrisDwayne 'The Rock' Johnson vs. Donald Trump: A serious comparison Exclusive: How Obama went to bat for Warren To unite America, Biden administration must brace for hate MORE (D-Calif.) currently serves.

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Porter could be on Democratic California Gov. Gavin NewsomGavin NewsomOn The Trail: Cuomo and Newsom — a story of two embattled governors Grenell hints at potential California gubernatorial bid Biden turns focus to winter storm with Texas trip MORE's shortlist for Harris's Senate seat, among other potential contenders such as Democratic California Reps. Karen BassKaren Ruth BassSunday shows preview: 2024 hopefuls gather at CPAC; House passes coronavirus relief; vaccine effort continues Black Caucus members lobby Biden to tap Shalanda Young for OMB head George Floyd police reform bill reintroduced in House MORE and Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffBiden holds off punishing Saudi crown prince, despite US intel Overnight Defense: Biden sends message with Syria airstrike | US intel points to Saudi crown prince in Khashoggi killing | Pentagon launches civilian-led sexual assault commission Democrats demand Saudi accountability over Khashoggi killing 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."