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Katie Porter received royalties from books she asked students to buy during her tenure as a law professor

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California Democratic Rep. Katie Porter — a former law professor who was paid more than $285,000 a year while at the University of California, Irvine — has earned thousands of dollars in royalties from the faculty’s textbooks of law that she asked her own students to buy for the courses she taught.

In 2017, Porter, who is now seeking re-election to the House in November, received $286,674 to teach two classes per semester at the institution, according to Transparent California.

Since arriving in Washington, Porter has campaigned to make education more affordable for Americans and said in 2020 that the US political system has “favored the rich and well-connected for too long” because “powerful people live in one reality while the rest of us live in another.”

For several of the courses she taught, Porter required her students to purchase textbooks she authored and received royalties from, according to documents obtained via a FOIA request to UC. Irvine.


Rep. Katie Porter, Democrat of California, speaks during a House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing on the need to address the epidemic of gun violence in Washington, DC, U.S., on Wednesday June 8, 2022.
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During the 2017 school year, Porter taught a total of four classes, according to school records. During the fall 2017 semester, Porter taught LAW 523, a bankruptcy law course, and LAW 5225, a consumer law course. During the spring 2017 semester, Porter taught LAW 299, a Directed Research course, and LAW 5901, Transition to Practice.

The seventh edition ofThe Law of Debtors and Creditors: Text, Cases, and Problems”, a book co-authored by Porter and a few others, including Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., Was required for Porter’s Bankruptcy LAW 523 course at the Fall 2017, according to a lesson plan.

Another of his works, “Modern Consumer Law,” a book written by Porter and published in 2016, was required reading material for Porter’s Consumer Law 5225 course in the fall of 2017, according to a course syllabus. Additionally, Porter’s same 2016 book was required reading material for an online course she taught in the summer of 2017. She did not, however, ask students to purchase the book during that time. semester, depending on the course syllabus.

Porter also taught LAW 523 in the 2015 and 2016 spring semesters, and had his students at the time purchase the seventh addition of “The Law of Debtors and Creditors,” according to his course syllabus.

At other times during her tenure at the university, Porter, who repeatedly insisted on cutting education costs, asked her students to use her own books for the classes 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. She did not charge her students at the time for the materials needed for the course.

Katie Porter received royalties from books she asked students to buy during her tenure as a law professor

Rep. Katie Porter, D-California, at a press conference Thursday, August 18, 2022.
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Katie Porter earned thousands in royalties between 2016 and 2017 from her academic books from Wolters Kluwer, a publishing company with several legal books that were later acquired by Aspen Publishing.


Porter said she earned $7,795 in “publishing royalties” in her 2018 financial disclosure. She also said she received $1-200 in royalties from Stanford University Press for an academic book she authored.

In a 2017 financial disclosure, Porter said he earned between $2,501 and $5,000 in royalties on his law books. In the same disclosure, Porter also said she earned between $201 and $1,000 in royalties from Stanford University Press for a book she authored. The specific amounts of royalties Porter earned in 2016 were not disclosed in the 2017 filing.

A 2020 financial disclosure that Porter filed in 2021 revealed that she had earned up to $5,000 in “royalty payments from Wolters Kluwer on two college law textbooks.”

The cost of required textbooks co-authored by Porter and used in his courses has varied over the years. “The Law of Debtors and Creditors” cost $267 in 2019 but rose to $298 from 2022, an increase of almost 12%. Porter’s book “Modern Consumer Law” increased in cost from $216 in 2019 to $275 in 2022, an estimated increase of 23%.

Earlier this month, an Associated Press report highlighted Porter’s home in Orange Beach, Calif., which the outlet says is located in an area where the cost of homes is estimated at $1 million.

Katie Porter received royalties from books she asked students to buy during her tenure as a law professor

Rep. Katie Porter (D-CA45) hosts a town hall meeting at Mike Ward Community Park.
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The progressive Democrat and law professor, who has lamented the cost of housing in her district, bought it in 2011 for $523,000, a below-market price obtained through a program the university uses to attract scholars who would otherwise not be able to afford to live in the affluent zone. The only eligibility requirement was that she continue to work for the school.

For Porter, this version of subsidized housing has survived her time in the classroom, now spanning nearly four years after she first took unpaid leave from her $258,000-a-year teaching job to serve. at the US House.

But the ties run deeper, with at least one law school trustee, who was also a donor to her campaign, helping secure extensions to her term while she remained in Congress, according to college emails obtained by the ‘AP. This has allowed Porter, a Democratic rising star and fundraising powerhouse with a net worth of $2 million, to keep his home even though his return to school remains uncertain.

In an interview with The Associated Press, Porter declined to comment on whether his accommodation was suitable. But she said she “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’m very proud of my record on transparency and good governance and I’ve been asked about it by constituents before and have always been happy to give them full and complete information.”

Porter has always 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 seeking better opportunities”.

Porter also campaigned on the issue of making “college more affordable so that every hard-working student can graduate from California’s great public colleges and universities debt-free.”

Porter is under scrutiny for his accommodation with UC Irvine. Porter bought his home in an affluent neighborhood near the school in 2011 for $523,000 – securing a below-market price through a college program offered to school employees. Porter remains in the house, but is on indefinite unpaid leave from her teaching job in order to perform her duties at US House.


Porter will face Republican Scott Baugh in California’s Nov. 8 general election as she aims to represent the Golden State’s 47th congressional district in the House.

Fox News did not receive a response from Porter’s campaign.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.


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