Ay Corruption: Boebert Lied About Hubbie’s Extremely Good Gig

UPDATE #3: While Jayson Boebert was allegedly making $478,000 in 2020 working for Terra Energy Productions, here’s what then-candidate Lauren Boebert told RailVail.com about her husband’s job:

He works in the natural gas industry. He’s on that one rig that’s drilling West of the Mississippi right now. No, he’s a contractor. [Pols emphasis]

Looks like 2020 was pretty good to Jayson Boebert financially, despite the historic crash of the energy industry during the early COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns.

Pretty good indeed.

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UPDATE #2: Here’s the disclosure from 2019 listing no income for Boebert Consulting:

The tax returns, folks. That’s the only way we’ll ever get to the bottom of this.

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UPDATE: Washington Post zeroing in on the trouble here, and yes it’s big trouble:

[Boebert] suggested her husband did some consulting, listing “Boebert Consulting — spouse” on her candidate form, but identified his income source as “N/A.”

Only now, with Boebert not just in Congress but on the House Natural Resources Committee, has she revealed that her husband made $478,000 last year working as a consultant for an energy firm. He made $460,000 the year before, she disclosed in a filing Tuesday with the House of Representatives. Her husband, Jayson Boebert, earned that income as a consultant for Terra Energy Productions, according to the filing.

Boebert has been a staunch advocate for the energy industry during her first six months in office, introducing a bill in February seeking to bar the president from issuing moratoriums on oil and gas leasing and permitting on some federal land…

[Senior director of ethics for the Campaign Legal Center Kedric] Payne said the matter should be reviewed by the Office of Congressional Ethics to determine whether the discrepancy arose from an oversight or an intentional failure to disclose. An intentional failure “could be criminal,” he said, with the potential to result in “large fines and possible imprisonment.” [Pols emphasis]

We’d encourage readers to check out the full story above, because WaPo really digs into some of the issues that Boebert doesn’t seem to be able to explain. Among them: There doesn’t appear to BE a businesses called “Terra Energy Productions” in Colorado.

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Lauren and Jayson Boebert.

Associated Press reporter Nick Riccardi, who occasionally drops in with cogent news updates in between complaining about baseball on Twitter, dropped a bombshell in Colorado political news yesterday that everyone is struggling to come to terms with: belated disclosure by Rep. Lauren Boebert’s campaign, after two years of lying by omission, of husband Jayson Boebert’s extremely well-paid “consultant” position for an oil and gas company with operations on the Western Slope:

Colorado Rep. Lauren Boebert’s husband made $478,000 last year working as a consultant for an energy firm, information that was not disclosed during Boebert’s congressional campaign and only reported in her 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 as a consultant to “Terra Energy Productions” in 2020, and earned $460,000 as a consultant for the firm in 2019…

Ethics and campaign finance laws require candidates and members of Congress to disclose sources of their immediate family’s income, along with major investments and assets, to let voters evaluate potential conflicts of interest. Boebert has been a defender of the energy industry, which is very active in her district.

What we have here is a major discrepancy in Rep. Boebert’s financial disclosures up to now that raises some very troubling questions–perhaps much more so than the thousands of dollars of wrongfully billed personal expenses by Boebert the Federal Election Commission flagged earlier this week. First and foremost, what sort of “consulting” is Jayson Boebert doing for this Texas-based oil and gas company to earn almost $500,000 per year? Oil rig hands are reasonably well paid, and well site supervisors make a little more–but that’s executive level compensation and we know of nothing that qualifies Jayson Boebert for such a position.

Other than his wife’s service on the House Energy and Natural Resources Committee, of course! But how could Terra Energy Productions have known that would happen all the way back in 2019?

It’s the belated disclosure of these huge earnings by Jayson Boebert, dwarfing the couple’s earnings from the Shooter’s Grill in Rifle and vastly exceeding Rep. Boebert’s own congressional salary, that raises the next question. Though ostensibly for services performed in 2019 and 2020, when was this money actually paid to Jayson Boebert? If Boebert was bringing home this much money from Terra Energy Productions in 2019, why was Shooter’s Grill tens of thousands of dollars in arrears on their unemployment insurance in 2020?

Something’s not right about this, folks. Further investigation is definitely warranted.

34 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. davebarnes says:

    We need to see the tax returns.

  2. Wong21fr says:

    That's quite the compensation package for a well site supervisor with no advanced training.  Not sure if a drilling/construction engineering manager would make even half that.

  3. Sparky says:

    Maybe he gets paid a premium because of his arrest record? Funny way of doing business, but what other explanation could there possibly be?

  4. MichaelBowman says:

    You can imagine Empty G is pissed.  Why hasn’t someone ponied up half-a-mil for her tantric-sex-guru- lover (the one that isn’t her hubby) so she can get in on this game? Don’t they have shale gas in Georgia?

  5. MattC says:

    If he was making that in 2019 or 2020, i.e. before the election, then why continue operating restaurant business at a loss?

    I mean,  net loss from operations implies it would save money to cease operations and get to $0 net. 

    Not counting DOTCOM (bubble), crypto or money laundering, I cannot think of any other business that justifies operating at a loss.  

  6. Diogenesdemar says:

    Damn! That's a whole lotta' cheese??!!

    . . . kinda' makes me wonder again why she's been running her other Venmo/mileage scams?

    • bullshit! says:

      Because it's a recent payoff they're trying to disguise as earnings from those years. They did this so she doesn't have to get in trouble with petty grift anymore. It's corrupt as fuck.

      At least the FBI is already out there in Grand Junction working on the Qlerk case.

    • MattC says:

      Because for those who get started on the con fraud easy money no amount is ever enough. 

      I knew a metro area uniformed officer who used to serve eviction notices on homeowners two days a month. Within the hour, his brother in-law would show up with moving truck and 'crew' and tell a tale of a cancelled job around the corner and could he help. His contract allowed him to withhold whatever he moved until paid 100% and the fees and late charges just kept adding up.  He would also offer to 'buy' the vehicles.  It was predatory as h***.

      Same officer would eat lunch in his car 90% of the time and deduct the expense of meals because he was 'working' though he was signed out for lunch at the time. 

        

  7. JohnInDenver says:

    After all of the little “oops” moments of Boebert’s campaign and months in office, wouldn’t you think that SOMEONE in the House Republican Conference would step up to recommend hiring a professional to do financial accounting and reports?

    The AP story in the Colorado Sun pointed out

    In paperwork filed with the House of Representatives on Tuesday, the Republican congresswoman reported that her husband, Jayson Boebert, received the money as a consultant to “Terra Energy Productions” in 2020, and earned $460,000 as a consultant for the firm in 2019….

    There is no company called Terra Energy Productions registered with the state. But Terra Energy Partners, a Houston-based firm that boasts it is “one of the largest producers of natural gas in Colorado,” has a heavy presence in Boebert’s district.

  8. Early Worm says:

    As pointed out in these comments and elsewhere, most of this does not make sense. How does this high school grad make so much as a “consultant,” if it was a bribe bc his wife was in Congress, why would he get it in 2019, and why did she not pay taxes on the business if they had this kind of income?

    I don’t know any of these answers, but here is one theory that is consistent with the known facts. They are just now getting around to filing tax returns for 2019 (and prior). They are too lazy/irresponsible to actually pay taxes, but as a member of Congress, it’s kind of a job requirement. Maybe he was getting paid as an “independent contractor” to be a bag man for various shady payments to third parties.

  9. GJbum says:

    I met and worked on Jayson's rig that was drilling for TEP.  I worked for an service company and he was a Company Man for TEP.  He worked a shift of two weeks on and then two weeks off.  His day rate would be somewhere around $1,200-$1,450 per day.  So he should make around half of what he claimed.  Not to mention that his pay in 2020 would be a lot less since there was almost no drilling going on, so he would not have worked the whole year.

  10. slater says:

    Every time I see that picture of Jayson, I think “WHOA, how about a NSFW warning?”

    Then I realize it’s just helps thumb…this time. 

  11. Sunmusing says:

    sometimes  the first impression is the correct one…It is and always will be a bribe…Occom's Razor…

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