Freshman U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) has received widespread media attention for her vocal endorsement of conservative ideals.
Now, she is facing scrutiny based on questions regarding how she spent campaign funds.
“May consider taking further legal action”
According to the Daily Caller, Boebert’s campaign treasurer received a letter from the Federal Election Commission about four transfers made through the digital payment platform Venmo.
The letter warned that “if it is determined that the disbursement(s) constitutes the personal use of campaign funds, the Commission may consider taking further legal action.”
Boebert’s campaign has until Sept. 21 to provide an official response, the agency wrote, adding: “Failure to adequately respond by the date noted above could result in an audit or enforcement action.”
Two of the payments — totaling $3,325 — referenced in the FEC filing records occurred on May 3. Two additional payments totaling the same amount were made a month later.
The transactions were described as a “personal expense of Lauren Boebert billed to the campaign account in error” and included an explanation that the “expense has been reimbursed.”
“You must amend your original report”
According to Boebert communications director Ben Stout, the entire ordeal can be chalked up to a mistake by the congresswoman. He explained that Boebert had accidentally billed her own expenses to the campaign account instead of the personal one she intended to use.
“The reimbursement occurred after second quarter ended, and will show up in [the third quarter],” Stout said, stressing that the funds in question were promptly repaid as soon as Boebert discovered her error, according to the Daily Caller.
In addition to the personal expenses, the FEC letter also provided a list of individuals said to have donated more than the amount allowed under federal campaign finance laws.
“An individual or a political committee other than an authorized committee or qualified multi-candidate committee may not make a contribution(s) to a candidate for federal office in excess of $2,900 per election,” the letter reportedly stated. “If any apparently excessive contribution in question was incompletely or incorrectly disclosed, you must amend your original report with the clarifying information. If any contribution you received exceeds the limits, you may have to refund the excessive amount.”
Adding to the mounting pressure Boebert currently faces are allegations that she improperly failed to reveal her husband’s income as a consultant in the energy sector.