Rep. Katie Porter Raised More Than $2 Million in First Quarter of 2020
Building on no-corporate-PAC pledge, Porter also announces she will no longer accept contributions from lobbyists
IRVINE—Congresswoman Katie Porter (D-CA) today announced that she raised over $2 million in the first quarter of 2020, following three consecutive quarters of over $1 million raised. Porter also expanded on her pledge not to take corporate PAC money, revealing that she will not accept money from lobbyists beginning in April.
“I’m grateful to have the support of so many working Americans, who share in the belief that Washington needs to put people above special interests,” Porter said. “I’m humbled to uplift the voices of working families through my work as a Congressmember, and I will continue to hold corporate CEOs and Administration officials accountable to the American people.”
“Unfortunately, what we’ve seen during this pandemic is Washington insiders trying to get special treatment for big corporations in coronavirus relief legislation,” Porter added. “I’m proud to announce that I will no longer accept contributions from lobbyists, because Congress has a long way to go to demonstrating, with action, that we work for the people.”
This past quarter, Porter raised $1 million before the California primary, in which she finished with over 50 percent of the vote. Last month, as the coronavirus pandemic escalated and began to threaten California families with financial instability, Porter raised money for the Orange County Food Bank.
Around 70 percent of donors gave to Porter’s campaign for the first time in the first three months of 2020, and the average donation amount was $22.85. Porter ended March with $4.5 million cash on hand.
Porter flipped her Orange County seat, which has a Republican registration advantage of 5 percentage points, by a narrow margin in 2018. After twelve days of counting ballots, Porter became the first Democrat to hold the seat since the district’s inception in 1983. California’s 45th District is one of the top targeted seats by the National Republican Campaign Committee.