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Politics Rep. Lauren Boebert improperly used campaign funds for rent, utilities

00:45  24 september  2021
00:45  24 september  2021 Source:   nbcnews.com

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The Boebert campaign ’s original filing for the second quarter of 2021 included four disbursements to Venmo, totaling ,650, with a vague description: “Personal expense of Lauren Boebert billed to campaign account in error. Two of the disbursements, each for ,000, are now described as “ Rent billed to campaign via Venmo in error,” while the other two were categorized as “ rent / utilities .” The document reiterated that all four transactions have been reimbursed. Subscribe to Forbes' Checks & Imbalances newsletter for an in-depth look at the politicians, businesses and money sloshing around

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Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., improperly spent thousands of dollars in campaign funds on rent and utilities, her campaign acknowledged this week in a filing with the Federal Election Commission, but said they have paid the money back.

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The FEC had asked Boebert's campaign treasurer in a letter last month for more information about $6000 in payments that had been listed in her quarterly filing as a “personal expense of Lauren Boebert billed to campaign account in error.” The filing said the money had already been paid back.

The letter warned "if it is determined that the disbursement(s) constitutes the personal use of campaign funds, the Commission may consider taking further legal action. However, prompt action to obtain reimbursement of the funds in question will be taken into consideration."

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Rep . Lauren Boebert (R-CO) used campaign funds to pay rent . Bobert’s campaign may face punitive action for the payments, as the FEC made clear. “If it is determined that the disbursement(s) constitutes the personal use of campaign funds , the Commission may consider taking further legal action…”

“ Rep . Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) used campaign funds to pay rent and utilities bills, according to a filing her campaign made Tuesday with the Federal Election Commission. The submission claims the lawmaker already has reimbursed the campaign and that those transactions will appear on a report due in October. On Tuesday, though, the campaign submitted an amended report for that quarter. Two of the disbursements, each for ,000, are now described as ‘ Rent billed to campaign via Venmo in error,’ while the other two were categorized as ‘ rent / utilities .’ The document reiterated that all four

In a filing this week, the campaign said the money had been sent to a person named John Pacheco at the same address as Boebert's restaurant, Shooters Grill. The eatery in the town of Rifle is best known for its armed waitresses.

Boebert communications director Ben Stout said the "funds were reimbursed months ago when Rep. Boebert self-reported the error."

The use of campaign funds for personal expenses is prohibited by the FEC. It defines personal use "as any use of funds in a campaign account of a candidate (or former candidate) to fulfill a commitment, obligation or expense of any person that would exist irrespective of the candidate’s campaign or responsibilities as a federal officeholder."

The agency's penalties can range from a letter reminding the candidate of their obligations to financial penalties.

Asked for comment on the new filing, FEC spokesman Myles Martin said, "We cannot comment on specific candidates or committees."

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