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"This is super illegal": Lauren Boebert used campaign cash to pay her rent, FEC filing shows

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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, who has a track record of failing to follow FEC disclosure rules, came under the agency's scrutiny last month after filing a campaign finance report listing more than $6,000 in Venmo payments in May and June with the description "personal expense of Lauren Boebert billed to campaign account in error. Expense has been reimbursed." The FEC sent a letter to the campaign asking for further explanation.

The campaign on Tuesday submitted an amended filing for the quarter listing two $2,000 payments as "Rent billed to campaign via Venmo in error" and two $1,325 payments for "rent/utilities." The campaign also added payments with the same amount, dates and descriptions to John Pacheco, whose listed address is the same as Shooters Grill in Rifle, Colorado, the restaurant Boebert owns.

The FEC warned in August that Boebert could potentially face punitive action over the payments.

"If it is determined that the disbursement(s) constitutes the personal use of campaign funds, the Commission may consider taking further legal action," the letter said. "However, prompt action to obtain reimbursement of the funds in question will be taken into consideration."

The campaign said in a letter on Tuesday that the funds have already been reimbursed and will appear on the next quarter's report, which is due next........

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