This California congressman spent political funds on Celtics tickets last year

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 21: U.S. Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), Chairman of House Intelligence Committee, passes through a hallway at the U.S. Capitol after a vote June 21, 2018 in Washington, DC. Due to the defeat of a conservative immigration bill today, House Republican leaders have postponed a vote on a compromise immigration proposal until tomorrow. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Rep. Devin Nunes, Chairman of House Intelligence Committee, passes through a hallway at the U.S. Capitol last month in Washington, D.C.

Rep. Devin Nunes spent $14,637.71 in political funds on Boston Celtics tickets last year, according to federal filings, but the California Republican’s office says the tickets were perfectly legal fundraising expenses.

Federal Election Commission records show that the congressman’s political group, NEW PAC, made three payments to the TD Garden box office for tickets during the NBA season last year: $7,300 on Feb. 9, 2017; $5,700 on April 11, 2017; and $1,588 on May 8, 2017. The transactions were listed as fundraising expenses.

Liz Mair, a Republican political strategist with the Swamp Accountability Project, told McClatchy, which first reported on NEW PAC’s spending habits Thursday, that “Nunes has got to be one of about 15 people in his district that spends the NBA season rooting for the guys from Teddy Kennedy’s turf instead of local favorites.”

Despite growing up in his central California district, the congressman has reportedly been a Celtics fan since high school. According to a profile of Nunes in the Los Angles Times last year, he spent his teen years “adoring Larry Bird,” even though his home state has four NBA teams. Nunes retweeted a CelticsBlog article last year suggesting that Bird was the reason for his Celtics fandom.

Mair, whose group has been campaigning against Nunes, said the controversyplagued congressman’s NBA allegiance is a moot point. The FEC prohibits campaign or PAC spending for “personal use” or gain,…

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.