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Politics Rep. Lauren Boebert used campaign funds for rent and utilities, new filing shows

21:05  23 september  2021
21:05  23 september  2021 Source:   cnn.com

"This is super illegal": Lauren Boebert used campaign cash to pay her rent, FEC filing shows

  Boebert campaign says she reimbursed campaign, but use of funds for personal expenses is called "very problematic" Rep.

Colorado Rep. Lauren Boebert paid utility and rent bills with campaign funds, according to a new filing the Republican lawmaker made this week with the Federal Election Commission.

a woman talking on a cell phone: UNITED STATES - JULY 29: Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., attends a news conference outside the Capitol with members of the House Freedom Caucus to discuss the © Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call/Getty Images UNITED STATES - JULY 29: Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., attends a news conference outside the Capitol with members of the House Freedom Caucus to discuss the "expulsion of members from the House Republican Conference, on Thursday, July 29, 2021. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)

The report, submitted to the FEC on Tuesday, details a series of four payments this year totaling $6,650 to John Pacheco, whose address is the same as Shooters Grill in Rifle, Colorado -- the restaurant that Boebert has owned. The payments are described as rent and utilities that had been erroneously billed to campaign.

FEC threatens Rep. Lauren Boebert with legal action after she made Venmo rent payments from her campaign account

  FEC threatens Rep. Lauren Boebert with legal action after she made Venmo rent payments from her campaign account Rep. Boebert spent $6,650 in campaign funds to pay rent for her restaurant, "Shooters Grill." The campaign says it was a mistake.The FEC filings for Boebert's campaign detail a series of Venmo payments at the beginning of May and June of this year made to Jon Pacheco, whose address is listed as 120 E 3rd St, Rifle, CO - the same property in the western Colorado town where Boebert's "Shooter's Grill" restaurant is located.

Boebert's spokesman did not immediately respond to a CNN inquiry Thursday.

It is against the law to use campaign funds for personal use, but it's not clear that Boebert faces immediate legal jeopardy.

Boebert, a firebrand Republican freshman, previously acknowledged using campaign funds for personal expenses in an earlier filing this year that drew the scrutiny of federal campaign regulators.

Her campaign had described the four payments as a "personal expense of Lauren Boebert billed to the campaign in error."

That filing indicated that the expenses already had been reimbursed.

This week's filing updated an earlier report from Boebert's campaign and shows payments for the same amounts and on the same dates -- previously described as personal expenses -- as going to Pacheco. And, for the first time, the filing indicated that the money had been used to pay rent and utility bills.

On Thursday morning, FEC spokesman Christian Hilland said, "Our campaign finance analysts will review (Boebert's) amended report to see if it's sufficient."

In an August letter to the Boebert campaign questioning the expenses, FEC campaign finance analyst Shannon Ringgold warned that the commission "may consider taking further legal action" if it found that the four payments in question were used to cover personal expenses.

But Ringgold also said that "prompt action to obtain reimbursement of the funds in question will be taken into consideration."

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This is interesting!