Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., Speaks at a press conference by members of the House Freedom Caucus on Capitol Hill in Washington. Boebert announced that her husband was working as a consultant for an energy company while she was running for Congress last year. Boebert did so in her personal financial file at the House of Representatives this week.
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DENVER – Colorado Rep. Lauren Boebert’s husband made $ 478,000 last year as a consultant for an energy company, information that was undisclosed during Boebert’s Congressional campaign and was only released on their financial disclosure forms filed this week.
In paperwork filed with the House of Representatives on Tuesday, the Republican Congresswoman reported that her husband, Jayson Boebert, received the money in 2020 as a consultant to Terra Energy Productions and earned $ 460,000 in 2019 as a consultant for the company.
Boebert didn’t report the revenue last year when it stunned the political world by beating incumbent MP Scott Tipton during the GOP primary in Colorado’s sprawling 3rd District, which stretches from ski resorts to high-energy pools in the west of the state , repressed. Boebert won the parliamentary elections in the republican district.
Ethics and campaign finance laws require candidates and members of Congress to disclose their immediate family’s sources of income and significant investments and assets so that voters can assess potential conflicts of interest. Boebert was a power industry defender who is very active in her district.
Boebert’s disclosure of the additional household income came when the federal election commission asked their campaign for information on a number of campaign transactions this week. The FEC sought an explanation as to why Boebert had sent $ 6,000 through Venmo in four separate transactions on May 3 and June 3 as part of the campaign. The campaign informed the FEC that the transactions were in error and were refunded.
In her previous file, Boebert stated that her income came from a gun-themed restaurant that she and her husband run in Rifle, Colorado, and an affiliated smokehouse. Boebert also cited “Boebert Consulting – Spouse” on the candidate form, but gave her husband’s source of income as “N / A”.
Kedric Payne, a former assistant chief counsel in the Office of Congressional Ethics who now works at the Campaign Legal Center, said Boebert should have fully disclosed her husband’s sources of income last year.
“The spouse is required to disclose the source of all earned income and this is not what was stated in the previous filing,” Payne said.
“Mr. Boebert has been in the power generation industry for 18 years and has been with Boebert Consulting since 2012,” said Ben Stout, deputy chief of staff for Congressmen, in an email Disclosure she filed. “
There is no state registered company called Terra Energy Productions. But Terra Energy Partners, a Houston-based company that prides itself on being “one of the largest natural gas producers in Colorado,” has a strong presence in Boebert’s borough. The company did not respond to a call for comment.
Boebert has become a partisan lightning rod during her brief tenure in Congress, insists on her right to bring a gun to the floor of the House of Representatives, votes to overturn President Joe Biden’s victory in two states, and maintains a fiery presence in on social media.
Her disclosure form reports that her restaurant, Shooters Grill, lost $ 143,000 in 2019 and $ 226,000 in 2020. Her candidacy was fueled in part by her protest against bans during the start of the pandemic last year, which she argued was threatening businesses like hers.