It’s all about the Benjamins, baby.
For as much as Representative Ilhan Omar will criticize the alleged financial improprieties of her opponents, she may not have been completely ethical with her campaign finances.
While hardly occurring at the Michael Avenatti-level of money mismanagement, Omar allegedly used her campaign as piggy bank, and (allegedly) did so in small enough amounts in an attempt to fly under the radar and no around suspicion.
According to ABC4News:
Omar, is soon to learn the results of a probe into her campaign spending as a state lawmaker in Minnesota, Sinclair has learned, with authorities there having recently completed their investigation and preparing to issue rulings in a pair of complaints Omar faces.
The complaints were filed last year, while Omar cruised to election to the House of Representatives, by a Republican state lawmaker, Rep. Steve Drazkowski. In referring Omar to the Minnesota Campaign Finance Board, Drazkowski alleged that Omar improperly spent close to $6,000 in campaign funds for personal use, including payments to her divorce attorney and for travel to Boston and Estonia. Drazkowski’s filing of the two complaints followed an earlier episode in which Omar repaid $2,500 for honoraria she received for speeches at colleges that receive state funding, a violation of ethics rules for Minnesota lawmakers.
When asked for comment in person by a reporter, she declined. The reporter then contacted an Omar spokesperson, who directed him to an email address that he contacted, and received no reply from.
Fox News has more:
U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., will soon learn the conclusions of an investigation into allegations that she violated campaign spending laws during her time as a state lawmaker — including accusations that she used campaign money to pay for her divorce attorney and personal travel.
The culmination of the state probe is just the latest potential controversy for Omar, an embattled freshman in Congress who has repeatedly faced criticism for comments about Israel and U.S. foreign policy.
In the state case, Minnesota state Rep. Steve Drazkowski, a Republican, alleged that Omar spent around $6,000 in campaign money on her divorce attorney and travels to Estonia and Boston, Sinclair reported.
The Minnesota Campaign Finance Board was alerted after Omar, who was a state representative between 2017 and 2019, had to repay $2,500 that she accepted for speeches and higher education institutions funded by the government.
The repayment stems from another complaint filed by Drazkowski. The ruling on the investigation is expected within the next month.
“I had observed a long pattern,” Drazkowski told the outlet. “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.”
Ilhan Omar never should have been elected into Congress
Dems have a chance to redeem themselves by standing up to Omar & her anti-semitism
— Andrew Pollack (@AndrewPollackFL) April 2, 2019
How long until the next Omar scandal – a week?