Why Rep Lauren Boebert’s Under Investigation
Colorado state officials are investigating claims from a political organization that Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) misused campaign funds.
American Muckrakers PAC, the group behind efforts to oust Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-N.C.), said it uncovered information indicating Boebert had used money that was “obtained illegally” to pay off $20,000 in tax liens on her business, Shooters Grill.
Last year, The Denver Post first reported that Boebert had used campaign funds to pay herself more than $22,000 in mileage reimbursements.
David B. Wheeler, President of American Muckrakers PAC, outlined the group’s findings in a letter to Joseph Barela, executive director of the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, and state Attorney General Phillip Weiser.
“As you are both fully aware, utilizing an illegal source of funds or ill-gotten funds to pay off a tax lien is illegal in Colorado and under federal law,” Wheeler wrote in the June 1 letter. “In other words, you cannot use federal campaign funds to pay off your tax liens by reimbursing yourself for miles you didn’t drive. That is the very definition of ill-gotten funds. We believe Rep. Boebert did exactly this.”
American Muckrakers PAC said it received an email from Janet Drake, Colorado’s deputy attorney general, saying that the state Department of Law “requested investigative support” from the Colorado Department of Revenue and Department of Labor and Employment.
“We will collaborate with those agencies to investigate the issue you raised,” Drake wrote.
Boebert refuted the allegations.
“This is another swing and miss from a partisan political group,” she said in a statement. “These false charges from 2020 have already been dismissed by the Federal Election Commission and disproven by the press. I represent over 50,000 square miles of Colorado; I connect with the people I serve rather than sitting at home in a basement like most Leftists.”