'Everything that Is Wrong with Washington': Trump Defender Rep. Devin Nunes Used Political Donations for Luxurious Trips and Celtics Tickets

One of President Donald Trump's most vigorous defenders is facing criticism for his use of political donations.

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), the chairman of House Intelligence Committee who has frequently attacked law enforcement on Trump's behalf, spent thousands of dollars of political funds on basketball tickets and luxurious trips, according to McClatchy citing financial reports:

Rep. Devin Nunes used political donations to pay for nearly $15,000 in tickets to Boston Celtics basketball games as well as winery tours and lavish trips to Las Vegas... His PAC also spent about $42,741 since 2013 on catering, site rentals, hotels and meals in Las Vegas. The most recent instance was March 9, when the PAC spent $7,229 at seven different restaurants and hotels in Las Vegas.

Nunes reported these expenditures as "fundraising expenses." When asked for comment by McClatchy, Nunes said, "I wish I could help you."

“I doubt his campaign donors intended their donations to be used for personal and lavish expenditures like basketball tickets and expensive wine tours,” Democrat Andrew Janz, who opposes Nunes in his 2018 race, told HuffPost. “Devin Nunes represents everything that is wrong with Washington and career politicians."

Enjoy this piece?

… then let us make a small request. AlterNet’s journalists work tirelessly to counter the traditional corporate media narrative. We’re here seven days a week, 365 days a year. And we’re proud to say that we’ve been bringing you the real, unfiltered news for 20 years—longer than any other progressive news site on the Internet.

It’s through the generosity of our supporters that we’re able to share with you all the underreported news you need to know. Independent journalism is increasingly imperiled; ads alone can’t pay our bills. AlterNet counts on readers like you to support our coverage. Did you enjoy content from David Cay Johnston, Common Dreams, Raw Story and Robert Reich? Opinion from Salon and Jim Hightower? Analysis by The Conversation? Then join the hundreds of readers who have supported AlterNet this year.

Every reader contribution, whatever the amount, makes a tremendous difference. Help ensure AlterNet remains independent long into the future. Support progressive journalism with a one-time contribution to AlterNet, or click here to become a subscriber. Thank you. Click here to donate by check.

alternet logo

Tough Times

Demand honest news. Help support AlterNet and our mission to keep you informed during this crisis.