Lauren Boebert abandons brands, calling them ‘corrupted tool’ – The Journal
Voters in southwest Colorado concerned about infrastructure needs will not be met
Joining her fellow Republican representatives from Colorado, first-year MP Lauren Boebert did not apply for local project funding through appropriations after the provision returned after a 10-year hiatus.
Earmarks, the practice that allows officials to direct money to projects in their local districts, was banned in the House in 2011 after concerns about corruption. One of the scandals included the former Republican Duke Cunningham of California accepting bribes in exchange for promising contributions to defense contractors.
Now that the marks have returned, some Republican officials are still refusing the process, including Boebert.
According to Open the Books, Colorado Democrats have proposed a list of nearly $ 200 million in earmarked spending, including projects such as rebuilding highway interchanges and establishing local health clinics. But in rural Colorado, projects like these will not be completed with earmarked funds, and constituents are concerned.
“I am not asking for trademarks and I have been a leader in my opposition to the reintroduction of trademarks because they are a corrupt tool used by career politicians to reward special interest groups, lobbyists and campaign donors, “Boebert wrote in an email to The Herald of Durango. “Bipartisan anti-corruption reformers in Congress banned trademarks ten years ago, but President Pelosi brought them back to bribe moderate members of Congress to support his radical left agenda.
Boebert also signed an anti-posting pledge with other Republican officials, including Ken Buck, R-Colo., In March.
George Autobee, founder of liberal PAC Rural Colorado United, said Boebert not submitting ratings is “typical” but still damaging to his district.
“It’s part of their job, even if they don’t believe in these assignments, it’s our tax money that is coming back to us,” he said. “We paid. We are trying to get that money back in our communities to do positive things.
Southern Colorado has many needs that could have been met through goals, Autobee said, such as establishing rail transportation to Denver and increasing affordable housing.
Earmarks was a bipartisan route to scandals, said Kevin Kosar, an academic studying American politics and politics at the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think tank. After scandals involving Republican officials like Cunningham, the GOP suspended brands to “fix their mark,” Kosar said.
“Boebert must ask herself how can she solve local problems if she is not asking for some form of directed spending,” he said. “Now this is money already appropriated by Congress, it is going to be spent somewhere. And does she really want Joe Biden’s executive branch to make the decision?
Carol Cure, former La Plata County Democrats chair, said she was “appalled” by Boebert’s decision. Improving broadband, renovating roads and bridges, and establishing affordable health care programs are some of the projects that La Plata County has “immense need for,” he said. she declared.
“We definitely have a lot of needs that she was elected to care about and to represent, and I don’t see her doing them,” Cure said.
The La Plata County Republican Central Committee did not respond to requests for comment.
Jennifer Filipowski, president of the Eagle County Democrats; and Kevin Kuns, chairman of the Montrose County Democratic Party, expressed similar concerns about the needs of their counties, but were not surprised that Boebert did not seek funding.
In rural Colorado where there are fewer resources than in urban centers, credit is especially needed to improve infrastructure, said Mary Dodd, Democrats chair for Montezuma County.
“I don’t think she just had the skills to get grades, and that’s as a principal and as someone who pays part of her salary,” Dodd said.
Although Boebert has not applied for credits, she says she is applying for funding through other means.
“While I won’t be asking for allocations, I put the needs of my district first every day,” Boebert wrote in an email to Herald. “My office advocates for federal funding to flow to our district through competitive grant processes based on need and merit and in the same open, honest and fair manner that Congress has used over the past decade. . “
Boebert also sought out requests for credits that would benefit her district, including funding for U.S. Air Force flight training, community health centers and the bark beetle outbreak, she said.
Although Republicans denounced the earmarked spending, several Republican officials asked for the largest amounts of funding.
Louisiana Representative Garret Graves requested the highest amount at over $ 1 billion, according to Open the Books. Texas Rep. Beth Van Duyne, Alaska Rep. Don Young, and Minnesota Rep. Tom Emmer also feature in the top 10 spending proposals by allotment.
Kaela Roeder is an intern for The Durango Herald and The Journal in Cortez and a 2021 graduate from the American University in Washington, DC