Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., used thousands of dollars from donors to pay for rent and utility bills in violation of campaign finance laws, according to a new Federal Election Commission filing.


Boebert’s campaign finance filings have repeatedly raised red flags since she ran for office last year. Accountable.US, a progressive government watchdog group, last year filed a formal complaint with the Office of Congressional Ethics, and the nonprofit government watchdog group Campaign for Accountability filed an FEC complaint, after Boebert paid herself more than $21,000 in mileage reimbursements from her campaign account. An analysis by the Denver Post found that Boebert would have had to drive 38,712 miles (more than the circumference of the planet) and in fact she held no campaign events in March, April or July and only one in May, during a period of the pandemic when travel was limited. The campaign later filed an amended report claiming that the reimbursement included mileage, travel expenses and hotel rooms, though it still listed $17,280 in mileage reimbursements.