Ilhan Omar is used to being at the center of scandals.
They usually have to do with her bigoted statements.
But now she has a legal crisis threatening her that she never saw coming.
Ilhan Omar’s campaign spending is under investigation.
The Minnesota Campaign Finance Board is investigating accusations Representative Omar used campaign money for personal use.
The Daily Caller reports:
Democratic Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar is facing a probe into her campaign spending after complaints alleged that she misused contributions for personal use, according to a report published on Monday.
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.
Omar is not the only freshman Democrat under scrutiny for campaign finance violations.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is under scrutiny for her involvement in a PAC started by her chief of staff.
And Rep. Rashida Tlaib landed in hot water when it was discovered she paid herself with campaign funds after her election – a big no-no.
As political and legal troubles mount up for Omar, political observers are keenly watching to see if Democrats recruit a primary challenger.
We will keep you up-to-date on any new developments in this ongoing story.