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Lauren Boebert is facing serious allegations of financial corruption

Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) tries to convince voters she cares about the environment.
Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) tries to convince voters she cares about the environment.Photo: Screenshot

Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) is facing serious allegations of financial misdeeds after questions have been raised about her campaign finances and her husband’s business dealings.

Boebert, a climate change denier and supporter of the fossil fuel industry, was forced to disclose that her husband made over a million dollars “consulting” for an energy firm. He has worked for the company since 2019, but Boebert didn’t disclose the money when running for Congress.

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“The spouse is supposed to disclose the source of all earned income and this doesn’t add up with what was in the prior filing,” Kedric Payne, a former deputy chief counsel in the Office of Congressional Ethics, told the Associated Press.

Boebert’s campaign finance documents list “Boebert Consulting – spouse” but list his income as “N/A.” The couple has claimed their money came from operating a gun-themed restaurant that has lost hundreds of thousands of dollars over the past two years.

The updated filing says her husband worked for Terra Energy Productions, but no such company exists. Terra Energy Partners, a Houston-based firm that is “one of the largest producers of natural gas in Colorado,” has multiple facilities in Boebert’s district.

Earlier this week, news broke that the Federal Election Commission (FEC) is investigating Boebert for using campaign cash to pay her personal expenses. Similar allegations have swirled around her since she was elected.

The FEC highlighted several Venmo transactions totaling several thousand dollars that were paid to Boebert. Her office has said the payments were an “error.” She also faces questions about her campaign reimbursements for travel expenses.

She billed her campaign for mileage driven during the campaign that total one and a half trips around the Earth: over 38,000 miles.

Boebert also caused outrage earlier this week when she praised the Taliban for “building back better.”

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