Well, well, well … looks like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez isn’t the only member of her squad to have campaign finance issues. Her pal Ilhan Omar appears to have some of her own:
Rep. Ilhan Omar is under investigation after allegations that she improperly spent nearly $6,000 in campaign funds for personal use, including payments to her divorce attorney and for travel. https://t.co/UwIONLW1n4
— ABC 7 News – WJLA (@ABC7News) April 1, 2019
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.
“I had observed a long pattern,” Drazkowski told Sinclair in an interview from his office in southeastern Minnesota. “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.”
Approached by Sinclair as she left the Capitol on March 28, accompanied by an aide, Omar refused to answer any questions about the campaign finance allegations. The aide suggested Sinclair try to schedule an interview instead. When Sinclair contacted Omar spokesman Jeremy Slevin for that purpose, he directed that the inquiry be routed to his personal email account; an inquiry subsequently sent to that account produced no reply from Slevin. The Minnesota campaign finance board, following standard practice, declined to confirm or deny whether it has opened an investigation into the subject of any complaint.
Sources close to the investigative process in the North Star State told Sinclair the campaign finance board has completed its review of both complaints filed by Drazkowski, relating to the divorce lawyer and the travel expenses, and will issue its rulings on them within the next month to six weeks.
We would, of course, be shocked if Ilhan Omar’s conduct were anything less than totally above-board. She’s always struck us as such an ethical, honest person!
— Sean Agnew (@seanagnew) April 1, 2019
— NotTheSameHeb (@ekek113new) April 1, 2019
That must be it. Maybe next time she’ll get some help:
Should have hired one of my people instead of hating them. https://t.co/Pnq43likbe
— Unfriendly Nathan Wurtzel (@NathanWurtzel) April 1, 2019