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A Republican representative from Colorado used campaign funds to cover personal expenses such as rent and utilities, according to Federal Election Commission filings.
Rep. Lauren Boebert’s campaign said in the filing that four disbursements through Venmo totaling $6,650 were made by mistake and that they had been refunded to the campaign fund in full. Personal use of campaign funds is illegal under federal law.
The FEC demanded clarity for the second-quarter filing that listed the money as “personal expense of Lauren Boebert billed to campaign account in error. Expense has been reimbursed.”
The campaign complied and revised the second-quarter filing in September as “rent billed to campaign via Venmo in error. Expense reimbursed, will be reported next period.”
An address of 95 Morton Street in New York City was listed for two of the payments of $2,000 and $1,325, respectively. The other two payments of the same amounts were made to someone named John Pacheco at 120 E 3rd St. in Rifle, Colorado, which is the address of a restaurant Boebert owns.
“If it is determined that the disbursement(s) constitutes the personal use of campaign funds, the Commission may consider taking further legal action,” the document read. “However, prompt action to obtain reimbursement of the funds in question will be taken into consideration.”
Boebert’s office did not immediately respond to the Washington Examiner’s request for comment.
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Original Author: Virginia Aabram