Residents raising money for anti-Duncan Hunter ad

Posted at 5:11 PM, May 31, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-31 21:13:53-04

EL CAJON, Calif. (KGTV) - A group of east county residents in Congressman Duncan Hunter's district is trying to raise thousands of dollars to get their voices heard.

Those concerned citizens are trying to get noticed. They are raising $7,000 online to rent a huge billboard in El Cajon.

Their message, said Richard Niles, one of the organizers of the fundraiser, would say, "'Shame on Rep. Duncan Hunter for being under criminal investigation.'"

Hundreds in the 50th Congressional District are frustrated with their representative.

"Spending all your time trying to fight a criminal conviction, you're not necessarily spending your time with your constituents and doing your job - and that's a concern for us," said Niles.

In March, the Justice Department announced an investigation into Hunter for possible campaign violations.

The House Ethics Panel, already investigating him for allegations of improperly using thousands of dollars in campaign funds for personal expenses.

"We want to make sure that none of our politicians are ever beholden to anyone other than us," said Niles.

The sign would be right off Highway 67, near the Magnolia Plaza Shopping Center.

"Right next to his office," chuckled Niles.

Their goal is to get people in their community politically involved. 

"To entice people to vote and be a part of the process," Niles said.

They are also hoping to get Hunter's attention. 

"We're all their constituents, regardless if we voted for them or not. We still have a voice, we still should be heard," said Niles.

Hunter's press office released a statement saying the representative will continue to hold town halls, and: 

"Frankly, a billboard or any advertising doesn't change the fact that rep. Hunter is effective and continues to have strong and wide support."