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California Democratic Representative Katie Porter — a former law professor who earned more than $285,000 per year during her time at the University of California, Irvine — took thousands of dollars in royalty fees from law school books that she asked her students to buy in exchange for the courses she taught.
In 2017, Porter, who is now seeking re-election to the House of Representatives in November, earned $286,674 to teach two courses per semester at the institution, according to Transparent California.
Since arriving in Washington, Porter has campaigned to make education more affordable for Americans, stating in 2020 that the American political system “has favored the rich and the well-connected for far too long” because “strong people live in one reality while the rest of us live elsewhere.”
For many of the courses she taught, Porter asked her students to purchase textbooks she authored and received royalties from, according to documents obtained through a FOIA application to UC Irvine.
School records show that during the 2017 school year, Porter taught a total of four courses. During the fall 2017 semester, Porter taught LAW 523, a bankruptcy law course, and LAW 5225, a course in consumer law. During the spring of 2017, Porter taught 299, a directed research course, and LAW 5901, Transition to Practice.
Seventh edition of “Debtors and Creditors’ Law: Text, Cases, and Problems” A book co-authored by Porter and a few others, including Senator Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass.
Another of her work, “Modern Consumer Law,” a book authored by Porter and released in 2016, was required reading material for Porter’s Consumer Code 5225 in the fall of 2017, according to the course syllabus. Additionally, the same 2016 book from Porter was required reading material for an online class she taught in the summer of 2017. However, she did not require students to purchase the book during that semester, according to Curriculum Outline.
Porter taught LAW 523 during the spring of 2015 and 2016 and asked her students at the time to purchase the seventh addendum to the Debtors and Creditors Act, according to the course syllabus.
At other points during her time at the university, Porter repeatedly pushed for the landing education costs, she required her students to use her own books on the courses she taught.
In 2015, Porter taught Law 5225 and asked students to use “draft pages from my upcoming book, Consumer Law,” according to the course syllabus. It did not charge its students at the time for the materials required for the course.
Katie Porter earned thousands of royalties between 2016 and 2017 for her academic books from Wolters Kluwer, a publishing company with several legal works subsequently acquired by Aspen Publishing.
Porter reported that she earned $7,795 in “publishing royalties” in it Financial Disclosure for 2018. She also stated that she received $1 to $200 in proceeds from Stanford University Press for an academic book she authored.
in 2017 Financial Disclosure, Porter reported that she earns between $2,501 – $5,000 in royalties from her law books. In the same disclosure, Porter also reported that she earned between US$201 to US$1,000 in royalties from Stanford University Press for a book she authored. The exact amounts of royalties that Porter received in 2016 were not disclosed in the 2017 filing.
2020 Financial Disclosure submitted by Porter in 2021 revealed that she had earned up to $5,000 in “ royalty payments from Wolters Kluwer on two academic law textbooks.”
The cost of ordered textbooks that Porter co-authored and used in her courses has varied over the years. Debtors and Creditors Law It costs $267 in 2019 but Increased to $298 As of 2022, an increase of approximately 12%. The cost of Porter’s book “Modern Consumer Law” increased from $216 in 2019 to $275 in 2022representing an increase of 23%.
Earlier this month, an Associated Press report highlighted Porter’s house in Orange BeachCalifornia, which, according to the outlet, is located in an area where the cost of homes is estimated at one million dollars.
The law and progressive democracy professor, who lamented the cost of housing in her district, purchased it in 2011 for $523,000, an below-market price secured through a program the university uses to attract academics who cannot afford housing in the district. affluent area. The only eligibility requirement was to continue working at the school.
For Porter, this version of subsidized housing has outlived its time in the classroom, now extending nearly four years after taking unpaid leave from her $258,000 a year teaching job to work at the American Home.
But the ties go deeper, as at least one law school principal, who was also her campaign donor, helped secure an extension of her term while she was in Congress, according to university emails obtained by the Associated Press. This has allowed Porter, a rising Democratic star and fundraising powerhouse who has an estimated net worth of up to $2 million, to keep her home even as her return to school remains in doubt.
In an interview with The Associated Press, Porter declined to reveal whether her housing arrangement would be appropriate. But it said it “followed applicable (University of California) policies, as well as all applicable state and federal laws.”
“I’m always happy to be transparent with voters,” Porter said. “I take great pride in my track record in terms of transparency and good governance and have been asked about this before by voters and I am always happy to give them complete and complete information.”
Porter has consistently championed the idea that the cost of a college education is too high, writing in a 2018 tweet that “the cost of college is too high and threatens the future of those looking for better opportunities.”
Porter has also He campaigned on this issue Make “colleges affordable so that every hard-working student can graduate from great public California colleges and universities without debt.”
Porter is facing scrutiny of her housing arrangement with the University of California, Irvine. Porter bought her home in an affluent neighborhood near the school in 2011 for $523,000 — ensuring an below-market price through a college program offered to school staff. Porter remains at home, but is on indefinite unpaid leave from her teaching position in order to perform her duties at the American House.
Porter will face Republican Scott Pugh in the November 8 general election in California where she aims to represent the Golden State’s 47th congressional district in the House of Representatives.
Fox News did not receive a response from Porter’s campaign.
The Associated Press contributed to this article.