How we reported this story
The reporting for this story included roughly 60 calls and emails made over a two-month period and requesting comment from various sources, many of whom did not respond or would not agree to an interview. Those who did not respond to requests included former congressmen Cal Dooley, George Radanovich, Bill Thomas and Richard Pombo; current congressmen David Valadao and Kevin McCarthy; Tulare City Councilman Carlton Jones and other elected officials.
Rep. Jim Costa initially agreed to an interview, but then said he did not have the time to do it.
Rep. Devin Nunes would not agree to an interview, nor would he answer any questions relevant to this story. Former Nunes chief of staff Johnny Amaral, now with Westlands Water District, did not respond to several requests for comment. Regular financial supporters Bob and Bill Smittcamp, Ralph Fagundes, John Moons and Arlene Hettinga also did not respond.
The reporter reviewed nearly 22 years of Fresno Bee archival information regarding Nunes. He also read several of Nunes’ blogs, congressional reports and a few chapters of Nunes’ book: “Restoring the Republic.” The reporting also included more than 10 hours of various online research, including social media, news article and public document review.