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Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.). Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

The Federal Election Committee sent a letter to the campaign treasurer for Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) inquiring about the suspected use of campaign funds for her personal expenses.

State of play: The FEC letter shows four Venmo payments totaling over $6,000 described as "personal expense of Lauren Boebert billed to campaign account in error." It is then noted that the expenses were reimbursed.

What they're saying: "If it is determined that the disbursement(s) constitutes the personal use of campaign funds, the Commission may consider taking further legal action," Shannon Ringgold, FEC senior campaign finance analyst, wrote in her letter.

  • "However, prompt action to obtain reimbursement of the funds in question will be taken into consideration," Ringgold added.

The other side: "The Venmo charges were personal expenses that were billed to the campaign account in error. The reimbursement has already happened and will appear in the Q3 filing," a Boebert spokesperson told CNBC on Wednesday.

Context: The FEC prohibits the use of campaign funds for personal use.

  • The commission says personal use constitutes the use of campaign funds to fulfill "a commitment, obligation or expense of any person" that is not related to the candidate's campaign or to their office responsibilities.

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Sep 30, 2021 - World

Former French president convicted of illegal campaign financing

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy speaking in Calais, France, this month. Photo: Francois Lo Presti/AFP via Getty Images

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy was convicted Thursday of violating campaign finance laws during his unsuccessful re-election campaign in 2012 and sentenced to a year of house arrest, according to AP.

Why it matters: It comes after Sarkozy was sentenced to three years in prison, two of which were suspended, in March for corruption and influence-peddling in another case that is currently pending appeal.

Rahm Emanuel questioned on murder of Laquan McDonald in confirmation hearing

Rahm Emanuel during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee confirmation hearing on Oct. 20. Photo: Sarah Silbiger/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel spoke about the murder of Laquan McDonald during his Senate confirmation hearing Wednesday to become the U.S. ambassador to Japan, saying that "there's not a day or a week that has gone by in the last seven years I haven't thought about this."

Catch up quick: McDonald was a Black teenager who was fatally shot 16 times by Chicago police during Emanuel's tenure as the city's mayor. The 2014 shooting triggered massive protests, both because of its nature and the fact that the officers' body-cam footage was concealed for years.

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Biden's ambassador nominee: "China is not an Olympian power"

Nick Burns testifying before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Photo: Sarah Silbiger/Bloomberg via Getty Images

President Biden's nominee to serve as ambassador to China delivered a stark assessment of the challenges the U.S. faces in confronting Beijing, but stressed that the rising superpower is "not all-powerful" and the West retains "substantial" advantages.

The big picture: Nicholas Burns, a retired career diplomat and former U.S. ambassador to NATO, used his confirmation hearing Wednesday to echo the growing bipartisan consensus that China poses "the greatest threat to the security of our country and the democratic world" in the 21st century.

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