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

One of the president's most prominent supporters apparently likes the expensive things in life.

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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."

 

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Cody Fenwick is a reporter and editor. Follow him on Twitter @codytfenwick.