April 02, 2019
Lorie Shaull from Washington, United States [CC BY-SA 2.0)]
Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) is facing an investigation into campaign finance violations after complaints accuse the freshman representative of misusing donations for personal use. (The Daily Caller)
The Minnesota Campaign Finance Board is investigating Omar after Minnesota GOP State Rep. Steve Drazkowski filed two complaints alleging she spent nearly $6,000 in campaign funds for personal use while she served in the Minnesota legislature, reported WJLA. Some of the improper expenditures include payments to Omar’s divorce attorney and spending on travel to Boston and Estonia.
“I had observed a long pattern,” Drazkowski told WJLA. “Representative Omar hasn’t followed the law. She’s repeatedly trampled on the laws of the state in a variety of areas, and gotten by with it.”
The campaign finance allegations come on the heels of a separate incident where the freshman congresswoman had to return $2,500 in speaking fees, according to The Pioneer Press. Omar accepted payment from Normandale Community College and Inver Hills Community College in 2017, despite Minnesota House rules barring lawmakers from accepting speaking fees from entities with business at the Legislature.
Authorities have reportedly completed the investigation but have not yet compiled their findings or issued rulings.
Anti-Semitic comments have dogged Omar’s first months in office.
Source: AAN (American Action News)