Colorado Rep. Lauren Boebert’s husband earned $478,000 last fiscal year as a consultant for an oil and gas company. This information was not disclosed during Boebert’s congressional campaign, but it was reported in this week’s financial disclosure forms.
According to paperwork filed with the House of Representatives Tuesday, Jayson Boebert was reported as the consultant to Terra Energy Productions in 2020. He also earned $460,000 in 2019.
Boebert didn’t report her income last year when she shocked the political world by defeating Scott Tipton, the incumbent representative in Colorado’s 3rd district. This sprawling area stretches from Colorado’s western ski resorts to the state’s energy-rich basins. Boebert won the general election in the Republican-leaning District.
Campaign finance and ethics laws require that candidates and members to Congress disclose their sources of income and major assets to allow voters to evaluate possible conflicts of interest. Boebert is a strong advocate for the energy sector, which is active in her district.
Boebert disclosed additional household income as the Federal Elections Commission asked her campaign for details about a series campaign transactions. FEC wanted to know why Boebert received $6,000 via Venmo for four transactions between May 3rd and June 3. FEC was contacted by the campaign to verify that the transactions were not fraudulent and have been refunded.
Boebert previously reported that her income came from a gun-themed restaurant her husband and she own in Rifle Colorado and an associated smokehouse. Boebert also included “Boebert Consultancy — spouse” on her candidate form, but listed her husband as the income source as “N/A.”
Kedric Payne is a former chief counsel at the Office of Congressional Ethics and now works for the Campaign Legal Center. She said Boebert should’ve disclosed all sources of her husband’s income in 2012.
Payne stated that the spouse must disclose the source of all earned earnings and that this does not add up to what was in the previous filing.
“Mr. “Mr. “I’d like to refer you all to the disclosure she made regarding the finances of the congresswoman.”
Terra Energy Productions is not a company that has been registered with the state. Terra Energy Partners, a Houston-based company that claims it is “one the largest producers natural gas in Colorado,” does have a strong presence in Boebert’s district. The company did not respond to a request for comment.
Boebert became a partisan lightning rod in her short time in Congress. She insists on her right to bring guns onto the House floor, votes to overturn President Joe Biden in two states, and is a passionate presence on social media.
In her disclosure form, she reported that Shooters Grill lost $143,000 in 2019 compared to $226,000 in 2020. She was motivated in part by her protest against lockdowns at the outbreak of the pandemic last January, which she claimed threatened businesses like hers.