Politics & Government

Devin Nunes’ campaign raised $348,000 in less than two weeks after suing Twitter

Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Tulare, raised about $348,000 in the 13 days after news of his lawsuit against social media giant Twitter spread across the country in March, according to a Fresno Bee review of federal campaign documents.

Nunes filed a lawsuit alleging defamation and asking for $250 million in damages from Twitter, Liz Mair — a Republican political consultant — and two parody Twitter accounts. The lawsuit was first reported on March 18, and it was officially filed in Virginia on March 19.

Nunes appeared several times on Fox News, which first reported the lawsuit, in the days after its filing. National media outlets across the country picked up the story.

The $348,000 was raised from March 18 to March 31, the final day in the filing period. Overall, Nunes’ campaign pulled in a little more than $1.2 million in the first three months of 2019.

Just under 70 percent of the quarter’s total individual donations came after March 18.

During his 2018 re-election bid, his toughest yet as a nine-term congressman, he raised more than $12 million and spent over $11 million while beating challenger Andrew Janz. Nunes has yet to draw a clear challenger for 2020.

Around $280,000 of the $348,000 came from individual donations.

About $115,000 of the $348,000 came from individual donations within California, with about $28,000 of that coming from Fresno and Tulare counties.

On April 8, Nunes filed another Virginia lawsuit against McClatchy Co., the parent company of The Bee, and Mair. It alleged defamation during The Bee’s coverage of Nunes’ 2018 campaign, specifically a story concerning a lawsuit settlement regarding a winery that Nunes is a minority investor in.

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Rory Appleton is a fourth-generation Fresnan who covers politics for his hometown newspaper. A Fresno State graduate, he has won six first-place California News Publishers Association awards and a McClatchy President’s Award for his reporting and column writing over the last two years.