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 NunesThe Hill's Morning Report — Ford, Kavanaugh to testify Thursday as another accuser comes forward House panel signals Russia probe document dump before midterms Russia probe accelerates political prospects for House Intel Dems 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 PelosiDisclosures suggest rebates and insurers responsible for rising out-of-pocket drug costs Democrats keeping GOP from motivating voters with Trump impeachment threat, analyst says Celebrities, lawmakers wear black to support Kavanaugh’s accuser 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.