A freshman congresswoman from Colorado had an eye-popping reimbursement from her 2020 campaign.
Rep. Lauren Boebert racked up more than $22,000 in gas mileage, despite minimal public events.
That’s more in reimbursements than her predecessor had in 10 years, raising ethics concerns.
Republican Rep. Lauren Boebert of Colorado raked in an eye-popping total of more than $22,000 in gas mileage reimbursements from her campaign for Congress in 2020.
While Boebert amassed a total of $2,989,510 in her campaign for office, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, the gas reimbursement figure is remarkably high given the travel habits of her predecessor on the campaign trail and her relative lack of events during the pandemic.
Boebert’s gas reimbursement dwarfs the amount Rep. Scott Tipton spent on travel while campaigning in the same district for a decade. Before Boebert defeated Tipton in last year’s GOP primary for the seat, he claimed a total of $9,797 for travel over 10 years, including airfare, according to the Post.
With Boebert getting more than $22,000 in gas money, that would mean she was driving almost 39,000 miles while hitting the stump in the middle of a pandemic that left many public venues shut down.
That’s enough gas to cover 14 trips between the Seattle Space Needle to Capitol Hill, or around 1.5 trips around the circumference of the Earth.
Yet for all of that mileage, the Post found “no publicly advertised campaign events in March, April or July, and only one in May.”
Boebert split the reimbursements up into two payments, with the second one totaling $21,000 on Nov. 11. If she only used the first payment of $1,060 for gas before April, that would mean she put up at least 36,870 miles of campaign travel between the beginning of April and early November.
Boebert, who touted her experience as a small business owner while decrying the waste in Congress, is the owner of “Shooters Grill” in Rifle, Colorado. According to the restaurant’s website, one of the most expensive items on the menu is the “smoked prime rib” and costs $24.99. In other words, Boebert’s reimbursement is worth 890 prime ribs (but only on Saturdays when available).
The representative from Colorado is well-known for her passion for firearms, and encourages all of her waitstaff to open carry during working hours. Boebert was criticized in 2015 when a 17-year-old waitress said she was allowed to open carry at work despite being underage.
Boebert recently took heat from her colleagues after she tried to flip the results of the presidential election on January 6 when Congress was certifying the final votes. During her objection on the House floor, Boebert said that she had supporters outside of the Capitol building.
“I have constituents outside this building right now,” Boebert said. “I promised my voters to be their voice!”
Soon after, the Capitol was breached by violent rioters, leading to the death of several police officers and insurrectionists.
Since the Capitol incident, the House implemented new security measures including a metal detector for its members. Boebert initially refused to go through the detectors and was later allowed inside the chamber.
Boebert’s congressional office did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.
Her campaign manager and finance director did not respond to the Denver Post’s requests for comment, nor did they provide evidence of her driving 39,000 miles on the campaign trail. The Boebert campaign released a statement that did not directly address the campaign finance issue or the veracity of the…