They are working to determine if the energetically pro-Trump representative broke any laws by cashing in on her campaign’s mileage reimbursements.
As The Denver Post’s Conrad Swanson explains:
Boebert paid herself more than $22,000 from her campaign account in 2020, raising red flags for ethics experts, The Denver Post previously reported. While candidates can legally reimburse themselves for the miles they drive, those payments would have meant she drove nearly 39,000 miles while campaigning.
A political organization, American Muckrakers, filed a complaint earlier this month with Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser in June, citing Boebert’s reimbursements and asking for an investigation. That complaint was referred to the “appropriate agencies to evaluate the allegations and whether any legal actions are justified,” Lawrence Pacheco, a spokesman for Weiser’s office, told The Denver Post.
American Muckrakers was the PAC that targeted soon-to-be-former Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-N.C.). It received and disseminated controversial videos of Cawthorn.
Pacheco did not respond when asked to specify which agency would investigate the complaint, but David B. Wheeler, president of American Muckrakers PAC said in a statement that the matter would go to the state departments of Revenue and Labor and Employment.
Wheeler alleged that Boebert used false mileage records to pay off a tax lien placed on her restaurant in Rifle, Shooters Bar and Grill.
Boebert is aggressively defending herself today. In response to press inquiries, her office released the following statement:
“This is another swing and miss from a partisan political group. 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.”
Boebert is facing a primary challenge from state Sen. Don Coram (R-Montrose). According to Colorado Public Radio, Democrats in the conservative district are switching their party affiliation so that they can vote in the June 28 primary for Coram.
The Democratic Party’s voter rolls in the district shrunk by nearly 4,000 people during a four-month period earlier this year, though it’s unclear how many of them plan to vote in the Boebert-Coram primary.
Boebert won her first primary in 2020 by 10,000 votes.
So, what do you think? Is Boebert’s career in danger? Or with $4.4 million cash-on-hand in a reliably red district, are these development much ado about nothing?