An investigation into Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) found she violated state law when she used campaign funds to pay for personal out-of-state travel and tax returns assistance.
Because she violated state laws, Omar will reimburse her former campaign $3,469 as confirmed by a ruling by Minnesota campaign finance officials.
In addition to the $3,469 reimbursement, Omar must also pay the state a $500 civil penalty for “using campaign money to travel to Florida, where she accepted an honorarium.”
The official report concluded:
Rep. Omar must personally reimburse the Omar Committee $3,469.23. This reimbursement payment is the total amount of campaign funds that were used for purposes not permitted by statute in 2016 and 2017. Rep. Omar must provide documentation within 30 days from the date of this order showing the deposit of reimbursement into the Omar Committee’s account.”
Accuracy in Media reached out to her office and did not receive a response.
The board ordered Omar to repay for personal tax return assistance and law firm invoices regarding her immigration records/marriage as these were not “work” related expenses. The board found a total of five different occasions where she violated the law and categorized these expenses as serving in public office when the board disagreed. As noted by AP, according to state law, “trips taken by lawmakers must be reasonably related to serve in office.”
The GOP Representative, Rep. Steve Drazkowski who filed a complaint to the board said, “This just really adds on the litany of disprect for the law that Rep. Omar has. You have eight violations here.”
The story takes an interesting twist when looking at Omar’s tax filings.
Fox News reported that Omar and Ahmed Hirsi, her current husband, filed joint tax returns in 2014 and 2015, while she was legally married to another man. She was in a civil marriage with Ahmed Nur Said Elmi in 2009 and separated from him in 2011. It was not until 2017 that she formally petitioned for divorce. Before Elmi, she wed Hirsi in a “Muslim faith tradition” but technically separated shortly thereafter. She officially married Hirsi in 2018 after splitting with Elmi.
The IRS “only permits joint filings if a couple is in a state that legally recognizes the couple as married.”
Omar said she will close the controversial account and give the money to “organizations that help first-time candidates “so that the next generation of candidates and their teams know how to adequately track and report campaign expenses.”
Omar has been in hot water over the past few months for anti-Semitic statements and disagreements with Democrat party leaders. Omar was recently in the spotlight for speaking out about 9/11. She sugar-coated the terrorist attack on New York by claiming “some people did something,” and has now come forward on the National Day of Prayer stating, “a lot of the policies that we have put in place has kind of helped lead the devastation in Venezuela.”
Marissa Martinez is a political contributor for Accuracy in Media. She is the former political director to Massachusetts Governor’s re-election campaign, alumna of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and political consultant to PACs. Follow her stories, @MarissaAlisa.