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

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.

Die verslag, 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.
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 apersonal 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 datespreviously described as personal expensesas going to Pacheco. En, vir die eerste keer, the filing indicated that the money had been used to pay rent and utility bills.
          Donderdagoggend, 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 commissionmay consider taking further legal actionif it found that the four payments in question were used to cover personal expenses.
            But Ringgold also said thatprompt action to obtain reimbursement of the funds in question will be taken into consideration.

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