Lauren Boebert Has to Duck Alleged Ethics Violations – Burn! You can feel the sparks and smoke rising from your computer or handheld device. The liberal media has it in for Lauren Boebert, and it’s another barnburner that could scorch Boebert’s re-election chances.
The conservative spitfire congresswoman can do nothing right in their eyes. Now legal watchdogs are eyeing an ethics investigation into Lauren Boebert’s financial disclosures. It seems she released a book and may not have reported all her income from its sales to Congress – a potential no-no under legislative rules.
Here Are More Details About the Situation
Like many politicians, Lauren Boebert is enamored with herself.
Naturally, she wrote a memoir about her meteoric rise from restaurant owner to a name-brand right-wing legislator who progressives loath. Income from the book, called My American Life, that likely had an advance and royalties, did not show up on Boebert’s 2022 financial disclosure that she filed last month.
It seems her finance records were identical from that year compared to her 2021 form.
Does that mean that something fishy is going on?
The left-leaning Daily Beast thinks so. The scribes there interviewed some Congressional ethics experts, and they think Boebert could be potentially guilty of violating House rules.
Ethics Rules Are Clear for Lauren Boebert
Ethics guidelines say that Boebert should have reported “anticipated” income she may have garnered from 2023 on her 2022 form. Boebert’s spokesperson claims that the congresswoman did not receive an advance or any money from royalties until January 2023 and that “This is consistent with guidance from the House Ethics Committee.”
Boebert’s camp said they are going to consult with the House Ethics Committee again and see if she needs to amend her latest disclosure paperwork. It seems that the Colorado bomb thrower is acting in good faith and may have just made a mistake on her financial disclosure form.
Ethics Specialist Cry Foul
The Daily Beast begs to differ. Kedric Payne, a director of ethics for the Campaign Legal Center told the progressive-leaning media outlet that since book deals are prevalent in Congress, Boebert should know the rules to the spirit and the letter of the law. “Alarm bells ring when a lawmaker has book sales but doesn’t report income. Voters have a right to know,” he said.
Jordan Libowitz of the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics said Boebert’s last disclosure was “odd” and explained to the Daily Beast that “if Boebert earned royalties to be paid in the future, these should be disclosed,”
The Daily Beast also looked at other Members of Congress’ financial reports who wrote books from the same publisher and determined that these authors declared income correctly. Brett Kappel, an expert on campaign finance, agreed.
Lauren Boebert Can Fix This
Despite the efforts of these ethics specialists who are relishing a chance to skewer Boebert, there will likely be no serious repercussions should the lawmaker get in compliance. She only must consult the Ethics Committee and figure out the proper way to fill out the disclosure form. Give her the benefit of the doubt that she made a mistake at first and will repair it. No real harm and no foul if she abides by the rules on an amended form.
This is another example of the liberal media spotting a small amount of smoke and declaring a raging four-alarm fire. Boebert, due to her outspoken ways and habit of castigating liberals, always has a target on her back. She needs to cross every T and dot every I if she is to keep the ethics police at bay. Let this be a lesson to make every effort to avoid improprieties. A personal visit to the lawyers at the Ethics Committee to right this wrong can go a long way toward clearing her name. She just needs to be careful with her financial disclosure paperwork in the future or the left will come after her again.
Author Expertise and Experience:
Serving as 19FortyFive’s Defense and National Security Editor, Dr. Brent M. Eastwood is the author of Humans, Machines, and Data: Future Trends in Warfare. He is an Emerging Threats expert and former U.S. Army Infantry officer. You can follow him on Twitter @BMEastwood. He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science and Foreign Policy/ International Relations.