Nov 27, 2019

Devin Nunes' Democratic challenger is cashing in on impeachment

Rep. Devin Nunes. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

The Democratic House candidate challenging GOP Rep. Devin Nunes in California told Axios he's raised over $310,000 since the public impeachment hearings began on Nov. 13.

Why it matters: This fundraising haul shows the potential political ramifications impeachment will have for some Republicans in down-ballot races — especially those who are key characters in the hearings and staunch defenders of the president.

Between the lines: Phil Arballo announced his congressional campaign in early June, and by the end of Q3 he'd raised over $380,000. Now, he's nearly matched that in just two weeks' time.

  • Since the public impeachment hearings began, his campaign has found fundraising success in email blasts specifically targeting Nunes for his role in the inquiry.
  • "During the hearings, he proved his willingness to lie for Donald Trump — and now it’s clear that he’ll do anything, even compromise the security of our elections, to keep his Dear Leader in power," one campaign email said.
  • "It's been good having Nunes in the spotlight," Arballo told Axios.

By the numbers: The campaign says they've received over 35,475 new supporters since the hearings started — people who aren't just donating but volunteering with the campaign.

  • Before the hearings started, they had 47,670 supporters on board.

Nunes had the closest race of his political career in the 2018 midterms when he eked out a win by just over 12,000 votes.

  • "We saw people here are ready for change and they're hungry for it," Arballo said.
  • Nunes has already spent at least eight times as much as what he spent in the lead-up to the 2018 election so far in his 2o20 bid.

Go deeper: Nunes suggests CNN, Daily Beast committed crimes with reporting

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