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Lauren Boebert’s Campaign Caught in Possession of ‘Tens of Thousands” in Illegal Donations

Lauren Boebert’s Campaign Caught in Possession of ‘Tens of Thousands” in Illegal Donations

According to a new report from her hometown paper, Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) is once again in trouble for the misuse of campaign funds.

In a warning letter from the Federal Election Commission (FEC) which was made public on Thursday, Boebert’s latest campaign finance filing for the first quarter of 2022 shows her campaign accepted as much as $30,000 in contributions that exceed federal campaign finance limits. The letter is six pages long and notes 20 separate incidents where the campaign took more than the $2,900 that is allowed for individuals to give in any one election.

WASHINGTON, DC – MARCH 29: Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) speaks during a budget hearing to discuss President Joe Biden’s budget for the fiscal year 2023 on March 29, 2022 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Roberto Schmidt-Pool/Getty Images)

Boebert paid off nearly $20,000 in state tax liens on Shooters Grill, her financially challenged firearms-themed restaurant, with funds from her campaign. She also claimed more than $22,000 in mileage reimbursements from her campaign, which meant Boebert would have had to have driven 38,712 miles, or the roughly the equivalent of circumnavigating the globe three and half times. Boebert also failed to disclose her husband’s income to the FEC or that she also received $6,650 via Venmo from her campaign.

Last month, Boebert’s campaign finance reports to the FEC showed that she raised more than $4 million in her reelection bid, about two-thirds of which have come from donors who live outside the 3rd Congressional District. Under federal law, individual donors are not allowed to give more than $2,900 for any single election. That means the same person can give up to that amount for a primary race, and again for the general election.

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“This notice requests information essential to full public disclosure of your federal election campaign finances,” Shannon Ringgold, senior campaign finance analyst, wrote to Boebert’s campaign treasurer, Taylor Moose. Boebert has until June 8 to correct the issues with her donations.

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