Fact check: False claim that Lauren Boebert has a net worth over $12 million
The claim: Lauren Boebert has a net worth of over $12 million
A Dec. 17, 2022, Facebook post (direct link, archived link) shows a screenshot of a tweet about Rep. Lauren Boebert, a Colorado Republican.
"Lauren Boebert has a net worth of over $12 million," reads the tweet. "Her previous work experience was as an Assistant Manager at a McDonald's. Where did she get all this money?"
The post generated nearly 200 shares in just over a month. Similar posts have amassed hundreds of interactions on Facebook.
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Our rating: False
A spokesperson for Boebert told USA TODAY that the congresswoman's net worth is not $12 million. Boebert's financial disclosures also show a net worth far below $12 million.
Boebert's net worth far less than $12 million
Boebert's net worth is not $12 million, Benjamin Stout, the congresswoman's spokesperson, told USA TODAY in an email.
Members of Congress – besides the Speaker of the House and the minority and majority leaders – earn a standard $174,000 annually, as USA TODAY previously reported. Boebert took office in 2021.
Her financial disclosures, which members of Congress are required to file, also do not support the claim. Her most recent disclosure, filed on Aug. 13, 2022, lists seven assets worth $1,001 to $15,000 and five worth $1,000 or less.
Even if each asset was at the high end of that range, that totals just over $100,000.
In addition, one of the assets listed is Shooters Grill, a restaurant owned by Boebert that closed in July 2022 after the building’s landlord chose not to renew the lease, as USA TODAY previously reported.
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Boebert's 2020 disclosure also shows assets far below $12 million.
The post is correct that Boebert was an assistant manager at McDonald's, Stout said.
USA TODAY debunked other claims misrepresenting congressional members’ wealth, including baseless assertions that Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has a net worth of $29 million and that former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi amassed more than $196 million in wealth.
USA TODAY reached out to the social media users who shared the claim for comment.
Reuters also debunked the claim.
Our fact-check sources:
Benjamin Stout, Jan. 24, Email exchange with USA TODAY
USA TODAY, Jan. 31, 2022, Fact check: False claim that image shows salaries of government officials and service members
Congressional Research Service, Dec. 16, 2022, Congressional Salaries and Allowances: In Brief
House of Representatives, Aug. 13, 2022, Financial Disclosure Report
House of Representatives, Oct. 21, 2021, Financial Disclosure Report
House of Representatives, Jan. 9, 2020, Financial Disclosure Report
USA TODAY, July 14, Colorado Rep. Lauren Boebert's gun-themed restaurant closes. See what it looked like.
Reuters, Jan. 23, Fact Check-Financial disclosures do not show Rep. Lauren Boebert is worth $12 million
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