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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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A screenshot from a new League of Conservation Voters ad supporting Rep. Stephanie Murphy.

The League of Conservation Voters and Climate Power are aiming another $4 million worth of ads at centrist House Democrats, urging them to support the climate provisions in President Biden’s $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation package, Axios has learned.

Why it matters: Progressive groups are trying to counter the onslaught of conservative money pouring into swing districts. Both sides are trying to define Biden’s Build Back Better Agenda and pressure lawmakers to support — or oppose — the legislation scheduled for a vote in the House this week.

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Shutdown Plan B

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

The Senate will hold a futile vote Monday night — just 72 hours before a potential shutdown — on a House-passed bill to fund the government through Dec. 3 and raise the debt limit.

Why it matters: The bill is going to fail. Period. But then comes Plan B: A "clean" continuing resolution — stripped of language about raising the debt limit — that Democrats spent the past week preparing, Axios is told.

Glenn Youngkin's play: Forever- and Never-Trumpers

Glenn Youngkin in Harrisonburg, Virginia, on Friday. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

Standing on a flatbed hitched to a John Deere tractor in red Rockingham County, Virginia, Glenn Youngkin decried California liberalism and bashed his rival, Terry McAuliffe. He also encouraged early voting. Two words he avoided: Donald Trump.

Driving the news: Youngkin, the Virginia Republican gubernatorial nominee, is mounting a serious challenge to McAuliffe — a former governor and veteran of Democratic politics. Axios caught up with him on Friday in Harrisonburg, Virginia.