House Intel Chairman Nunes’ Democratic Challenger Raises $4.3M

Andrew Janz received more than 180,000 individual contributions since April 2017

Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., listens during the House Intelligence Committee hearing on “China’s Threat to American Government and Private Sector Research and Innovation Leadership” on Thursday, July 19, 2018. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes’s Democratic opponent raised more than $4 million in the third filing quarter, his campaign announced Wednesday.

Democrat Andrew Janz’s $4.3 million haul is an extraordinary mark for any House race, but especially noteworthy given he’s running in California’s rural 22nd District that has been in Republican hands for years.

Janz’s campaign has received more than 180,000 individual contributions since he announced his bid to unseat Nunes last April. Like many Democrats across the country running for the first time, he is not accepting money from corporate PACs.

“Our campaign proves you don’t need to take corporate money to run a competitive race,” Janz said in a statement Wednesday.

“I’m proud to be supported by individuals, not corporations, like my opponent,” Janz said. “We won’t make real change until we get dark money out of politics and those who accept their donations in exchange for their votes in Washington.”

Janz’s impressive haul is consistent with a campaign finance trend this cycle where Democratic House challengers have at points outraised some Senate candidates.

Nunes is no slouch either when it comes to raking in campaign donations.

The eight-term congressman secured $4.8 million in the second filing quarter alone, according to FEC documents. Nunes’s campaign hasn’t released his third-quarter numbers, which could be even more staggering considering candidates usually post their highest receipt figures in the months leading up to an election.

Janz is a longshot to unseat Nunes, who won re-election in 2016 by more than 35 percent.

President Donald Trump carried the district over Hillary Clinton by 10 points that year.

Inside Elections with Nathan L. Gonzales rates the race Solid Republican.

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