RIFLE, Colorado (KRDO) – Federal election officials urge Congressman Laurens Boebert for responses after using $ 6,000 in campaign funds for personal use.
A spokesman for the South Colorado legislature told 13 Investigations that the expenses had been mistakenly made and reimbursed.
On Tuesday, the federal electoral commission sent a seven-page letter to Boebert’s campaign treasurer demanding answers to these personal expenses and an excess of campaign funds totaling over $ 50,000.
FEC officials are requesting more information on a total of $ 6,000 in personal Venmo payments made in May and June of this year.
The letter states that federal election campaign money from civil servants or a candidate cannot be used for anything “which would exist regardless of the campaign or the duties of the candidate as a federal official”.
According to her spokesman, the newly minted congresswoman fully refunded the money when her team discovered the mistake. It is not clear who received the Venmo payments or for what purpose they were used.
13 Investigates were advised that the refund would be included in their campaign funding reports for the third quarter.
The letter from election officials also indicates that Boebert’s campaign received more than $ 50,000 in excess donations. Federal law limits how much individuals and committees can donate to a candidate and requires that those funds be returned if the caps are exceeded.
Boerbert’s spokesman said any excess donations would be refunded in order to comply with the law.
The FEC informed Boebert’s campaign that it had to respond by September 21, otherwise this could lead to an audit and enforcement measure.
Your spokesperson tells 13 investigates that they will respond within the deadline.