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Boebert “Reimbursements” Already Surpass $30,000

Congresswoman-elect Lauren “Q*Bert” Boebert didn’t even wait till she was sworn-in to workplace to start out her personal political grifting operation.

We had been perusing the newest marketing campaign finance stories this morning and got here throughout a whopper of an expenditure: A number of weeks in the past, Boebert wrote herself a verify from her marketing campaign account within the quantity of $21,199.52 for “mileage reimbursement.”

This can be a large quantity for mileage reimbursement, but it surely’s not a complete quantity. Boebert had already been reimbursed for mileage in March 2020, which brings her whole 2020 mileage reimbursement quantity to $22,259.14.

By way of FEC.gov (Accessed 12/4/20)

 

In reality, Boebert’s marketing campaign finance stories point out that the candidate was “reimbursed” for a complete of $30,177 in 2020. For comparability’s sake, we seemed again at reimbursements to outgoing Rep. Scott Tipton — who Boebert defeated within the June 2020 Main. Over the past 10 years, Tipton was reimbursed from his marketing campaign account for a grand whole of $12,255 (see chart after the soar under).

By way of FEC.gov

Let’s return to simply speaking about mileage. The present mileage reimbursement charge dictated by the IRS is $0.575 cents per mile, which implies that Boebert is claiming to have pushed roughly 36,868 miles since April 2020. To place this in perspective, contemplate {that a} full-time semi truck driver clocks about 45,000 miles per year; at Boebert’s claimed mileage charge, she would have pushed 55,302 miles in 2020. Truck drivers who do nothing else however drive for 8-10 hours a day would have a tough time matching this quantity.

Rep-elect Lauren Boebert (R-imbursement)

Colorado’s Third Congressional District is a big space geographically, however that also doesn’t clarify such an enormous driving expense — notably when the value of fuel is lower than it has been in years. Boebert is saying that she put sufficient miles on her automobile — once more, simply since April — to drive from her residence in Rifle to Denver greater than 200 instances.

To place it one other approach, Boebert claims she drove far sufficient in 8 months to have circumnavigated the globe 1.5 instances.

Marketing campaign accounts are usually not slush funds for candidates. This isn’t the sort of factor that simply will get swept underneath the rug, as former Congressman Duncan Hunter can attest. Except Boebert can in some way doc her exorbitant mileage claims, this might look like a reasonably minimize and dried case of misusing marketing campaign funds.

And Boebert remains to be a month away from being formally sworn-in as a Member of Congress.

 

 

Reimbursements to outgoing Rep. Scott Tipton (R-Cortez) over the course of the final decade:

By way of FEC.gov (accessed 12/4/20)

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