Dem challenger to Nunes raises more than $1 million

Dem challenger to Nunes raises more than $1 million
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The Democratic candidate seeking to unseat House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesOn The Money: Trump 'ready' for tariffs on all 0B in Chinese goods | Trump digs in on Fed criticism | Lawmakers drop plans to challenge Trump ZTE deal GOP tax writer introduces bill to reduce capital gains taxes Nunes used political donations for K in NBA tickets, winery tours, Vegas trips: report MORE (R-Calif.) has raised more than $1 million in campaign funds in the first quarter of the year, according to CNN

Fresno County Deputy District Attorney Andrew Janz said the large influx of campaign funds came as Nunes failed to address the issues affecting his constituents. The Republican has been at the center of a political firestorm in recent months as he led his committee's efforts to probe alleged surveillance abuse at the Justice Department and the FBI. 

"Devin Nunes is in Washington playing games on the House Intelligence Committee," Janz told CNN. "And while he is doing that the issues back here at home that people care about are being ignored."

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The Janz campaign, which crossed the $1 million threshold with three days left in the first quarter of 2018, first saw a spike in contributions in the days after the committee released a controversial memo questioning the process by which the FBI and Justice Department approved a surveillance warrant on a former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.

Despite the massive influx of cash, Janz still faces an uphill battle for California's 22nd district, which Ballotpedia has classified as "safe Republican." The Republican incumbent has more than $4 million in cash on hand for the upcoming race, according to the latest Federal Election Commission filings. 

Janz, who has vowed to not support longtime House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiTop Ethics Dem calls for Nielsen to resign Dems unveil slate of measures to ratchet up pressure on Russia GOP looks to blunt Dems’ attacks on rising premiums MORE (D-Calif.) if he wins, has not earned the official support of the party's House fundraising wing, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. 

The Justice Department's inspector general is now officially investigating the surveillance warrant on Page.