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FEC Questions Boebert Over Campaign Finances

FEC Questions Boebert Over Campaign Finances

Federal officials are pressing Rep. Lauren Boebert (Q-CO) for answers on the apparent personal use of campaign funds. Boebert allegedly accepted a dozen campaign contributions that exceed legal donation limits and appears to be using her campaign account for personal use. Boebert also accepted a total of $54,393 from 12 individual contributors, each exceeding the legal limit of $2,900 per election.

A letter from the Federal Election Commission (FEC) to the treasurer of Boebert’s 2022 reelection campaign inquired about four Venmo payments totaling more than $6,000. A spokesman for Boebert told CNBC that the personal expenses were already reimbursed but did not say what the payments were for.

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FEC filings show the payments came between May and June for what’s described on the forms as “personal expense of Lauren Boebert billed to campaign account in error.” The filings then note that the “expense has been reimbursed.”

Campaign watchdog Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington flagged the FEC letter on its Twitter account. A separate ethics group filed an FEC complaint against Boebert, requesting an investigation into more than $20,000 worth of mileage reimbursements she received from her 2020 campaign.

Boebert has been under scrutiny since she was elected in 2020. Though she has said she’s not a follower of the conspiracy theory QAnon, multiple reports have linked her to it. She was one of more than 140 federal Republican lawmakers who voted to overturn the election. She said late last year that she planned to join the conservative Freedom Caucus and has also ducked accusations that she assisted the January 6th Capitol rioters.

The $2,900 per election cap applies either to a primary race or a general election. That means an individual donor can give up to $5,800 for both in any single two-year election cycle. None of the 12 contributors exceeded that total amount but were listed as contributing to one or the other.

According to the letter, Boebert reimbursed herself $2,000 and $1,325 in two separate transactions on May 3, and another $2,000 and $1,325 on June 3. Both payments were made through Venmo, a mobile payment service app owned by Paypal.  The FEC’s letter reads in part, “If it is determined that the disbursement(s) constitutes the personal use of campaign funds, the Commission may consider taking further legal action.” The letter also calls for Boebert to explain why she was reimbursed for “personal expenses,” saying failing to do so also could lead to further legal action.

Boebert’s campaign has until Sept. 21 to respond to the FEC.

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