Devin Nunes was far from being a national figure before President Donald Trump took office. Thanks to his work defending the president through his position as chair of the House Intelligence Committee, the California Republican has become notorious for his role in obstructing the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election — and has become a top target for Democrats hoping to flip the House in this fall’s midterm elections. But if newly leaked fundraising numbers are any indication, Nunes’ celebrity among Trump supporters has propelled him to a position where he’ll only feel more emboldened to shill on behalf of the president.
Nunes managed to raise roughly $2.5 million over the last six weeks for his re-election campaign this year, according to the Washington Examiner. Overall Nunes has raised $5 million, including $1.25 million raised in the first fiscal quarter of 2018, more than he raised in all of 2017. Most of the money is raised outside California’s 22nd congressional district — an unglamorous agricultural region in the state’s Central Valley — from Republicans around the country who have become aware of Nunes thanks to his high-profile role in defending Trump and attempting to discredit the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.
“If you’ve got the attention of the grassroots — particularly if you’re investigating the president or defending him — it’s a smart investment to make,” a Republican consultant told the Examiner about Nunes’ fundraising program.
Trump himself recently acknowledged his political debt to Nunes.
“A very courageous man — he’s courageous,” Trump said of Nunes as the two men attended a ceremony at the CIA’s headquarters in Langley, Virginia, recently. “Thank you very much, Devin, for being here, appreciate it.”
Nunes also attacked his hometown paper, the Fresno Bee, after a reporter asked the congressman whether he plans on hosting local forums or town hall meetings in his home district. (Republican…