Colorado officials to probe allegations involving Lauren Boebert’s finances and mileage claims

Colorado officials to probe allegations involving Lauren Boebert’s finances and mileage claims

Rep. Lauren Boebert of Colorado, a QAnon supporter and conspiracy theorist, is among the far-right members of the House MAGA Caucus — which also includes Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia and Rep. Paul Gosar of Arizona — who is seeking reelection to the U.S. House of Representatives in the 2022 midterms. Boebert has been campaigning aggressively, reaching out to her counterparts in the MAGA movement.

But Colorado is not a red state. And according to New York Times reporter Jonathan Weisman, Boebert’s finances are being scrutinized by “Colorado officials” —who, Weisman reports, are examining allegations that Boebert “inflated the mileage she logged on the campaign trail in 2020 and then used more than $20,000 in reimbursements from donors to pay off years of tax liens on her restaurant.”

“The allegations have bounced around liberal circles since The Denver Post first reported, in February 2021, that Ms. Boebert had cashed two checks from her campaign totaling $22,259 for mileage reimbursement, a figure that equated to 38,712 miles — well more than (the) 24,901-mile circumference of the planet,” Weisman reports. “But the same group that unleashed a torrent of unflattering information about Rep. Madison Cawthorn that helped defeat his bid for a second term in North Carolina last month has brought the matter to the Colorado Attorney General’s Office, which has referred it for an interagency examination.”

On Tuesday, May 7, Janet Drake — Colorado’s deputy attorney general for criminal justice — told David B. Wheeler of the American Muckrakers PAC that her department would work with the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment as well as with the Colorado Department of Revenue “to investigate the issue.”

Lawrence Pacheco, a spokesman for the Colorado Attorney General’s Office, told the Times that the “allegations” against Boebert have been forwarded to an interagency group to determine “whether legal actions are justified.”

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