|IRVINE, CA – – Congresswoman Katie Porter has been living in a taxpayer-subsidized house on the campus of the University of California, Irvine long after she left the university, taking advantage of a benefit meant for current university professors.|
“Porter serves on the House Oversight Committee. It turns out the oversight needs to be on her house,” said Scott Baugh, her opponent in the November ballot. “Insider deals like this are what’s wrong with Congress. She should have given up this taxpayer-subsidized housing benefit four years ago when she was elected.”
According to a story reported today by the Associated Press:
“In Orange County, California, where the typical house sells for $1 million, Rep. Katie Porter’s four-bedroom, three-bath residence in a leafy subdivision on the University of California Irvine campus is a bargain.
“The progressive Democrat and law professor, who has lamented the cost of housing in her district, purchased it in 2011 for $523,000, a below-market price secured through a program the university uses to lure academics who couldn’t otherwise afford to live in the affluent area. The only eligibility requirement was that she continue working for the school.
“For Porter, this version of subsidized housing has outlasted her time in the classroom, now extending nearly four years after she took unpaid leave from her $258,000-a-year teaching job to serve in the U.S. House.”
Read the full story here: https://apnews.com/article/2022-midterm-elections-california-congress-university-of-irvine-dcfd583bdfde38b029a473311435810f
While Porter’s insider deal for taxpayer-subsidized housing is clearly wrong, it may also be illegal under an FEC prohibition on third parties paying the living expenses of federal candidates. It was also reported that a campaign donor to Porter lobbied the university to allow her to continue the housing benefit long after her allotted time.