Report: Nunes Used Political Donations To Buy $15k Celtics Tickets, Limos
In 2018, ABC News reported that Rep. Devin Nunes, now the ranking Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, used political contributions to purchase “steak dinners, limo rides, and nearly $15,000 in Boston Celtics basketball games tickets.”
Federal Election Commission filings revealed that the California congressman used funds from his leadership political action committee New PAC for the purchases, and the news outlet said Nunes appears to have broken no laws in doing so.
Among the lawmaker’s expenditures through New PAC were “total of $14,638 at TD Garden, the home of the Boston Celtics, on three occasions between February and May 2017,” another “$3,593 at the 4-star Omni Parker House hotel on May 8, ” and more than $7,000 at Las Vegas restaurants in March 2018.
In June 2018, New PAC “charged $5,075 to Gold Coast Limousine service and $4,408 at the Sea Venture hotel in Pismo Beach, Calif.,” ABC News reported.
After the Fresno Bee, a local daily newspaper, published a story detailing Nunes’ use of PAC funds in 2018, the Republican used his campaign PAC — the Devin Nunes Campaign Committee — to fund a two-minute ad railing against the publication.
"The Fresno Bee has worked closely with radical left-wing groups to promote numerous fake news stories about me," Nunes said in the ad, calling the newspaper’s staff “the Bee’s band of creeping correspondents.”
"Just because Nunes doesn’t want the story told does not make it 'false,'" Joe Kieta, editor of the Fresno Bee, told ABC News in a statement. "For all his complaints about 'fake news,' Rep. Nunes has failed to identify a single factual error in our work — while making numerous false statements himself."