Devin Nunes is coming under fire for using $15,000 in political donations to purchase Boston Celtic tickets, attend winery tours, and visit Las Vegas on lavish trips.
“The Federal Election Commission and two nonpartisan watchdog groups” issued a report showing Nunes’ spending according to McClatchy DC report.
The report says Nunes took money from his political action committee (PAC) to purchase the tickets for his favorite childhood NBA team. Tickets to games were purchased on three separate occasions.
Among Nunes’ other expenses were $5,000 spent on six wineries.
Since 2013, Nunes has spent $42,741 on “catering, site rentals, hotels and meals in Las Vegas,” McClatchy reports. Nunes’ most recent trip to Vegas on March 9 racked up a $7,229 bill.
The embattled politician also spent $5,000 on limousines.
The Republican Party has come under increased scrutiny for its spending practices.
Former EPA head Scott Pruitt was caught spending $43,000 in taxpayer money on a private phone booth while President Trump’s trade representative announced plans to spend nearly $1 million on new office furniture for two offices, according to the New York Post.
Housing and Urban Development (HUD) director Ben Carson, also came under fire for spending $31,000 on a new dining set for his office during a time when he has been gutting the agencies funding.
As Donald Trump’s national deficit continues to approach $1 trillion for 2018, purchases at taxpayer expense will continue to bring scrutiny but also show no sign of slowing under GOP leadership.
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James Kosur is the former Editor-In-Chief and co-founder of Hill Reporter. He recently served as an editor for Business Insider and various other publications. James and his partners sold Hill Reporter to a new owner in July 2019.