Ilhan Omar Scandal – Ordered to Pay Back Campaign Funds, Tax Filing Questions
The Ilhan Omar scandal is coming to the surface daily, in spite of her fixer’s attempts to bury it. Even before her election to Congress, her marriage history was under scrutiny. Last week she was ordered to repay nearly $3,469.23 in campaign funds and fined $500 for using the funds for personal travel. And that appears to be the tip of the proverbial iceberg.
Her own hometown paper published a “stinging editorial” about those particular issues, in addition to several others, according to Fox. They called it “missteps.” For example, allegedly receiving “illegal” speaking fees. Or tax questions about allegedly filing jointly with one man while legally married to another.
Ilhan Omar scandal 1: Campaign Finance violations
The Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board stated in their investigation findings on June 6:
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 the reimbursement into the Omar committee’s account.
A civil penalty of $500 is assessed against Rep. Ilhan Omar personally for the $207 payment in violation of Minnesota Statutes section 211B.12. Rep. Omar must personally pay the $500 by check or money order made payable to the State of Minnesota. Payment must be within 30 days of the date of this order.Minnesota Campaign Finance and Disclosure Board
Ilhan Omar scandal 2: Tax filing questions
Michelle Malkin tweeted about the marriage discrepancy:
Things that make you go hmmm: Read this closely and keep in mind that @ilhanmn was legally married to Ahmed Elmi from 2009-2017 while also filing joint tax returns with Ahmed Hirsi in 2014 and 2015. Time to get federal IRS officials involved… pic.twitter.com/QERg3PoBZD— Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) June 6, 2019
Ilhan Omar scandal 3- attempts to influence media
The Washington Examiner reported on June 13, 2019:
“…on the morning of Aug. 15, 2016, Omar’s crisis manager, Ben Goldfarb, emailed multiple members of Omar’s team, including the then-candidate and her divorce and campaign attorney, Carla Kjellberg, trying to shut down journalist Blois Olsen and his story “down with him as [they did] with the [Star Tribune].”
That afternoon, Goldfarb emailed the same group of people, “I’ve talked to the [Star Tribune] and they are generally in a good place (they get that there are not 2 legal marriages and are not pursuing the brother angle), but have pieced together that the person she is legally married to is not the father of children, on the website, etc.”
That is to say, she was legally married to Elmi at the time of her congressional run, but publicly identified Hirsi as her husband.
At this point, Omar had never held elected office, yet she and her camp successfully shot down at least one story and tried to do so for another. The Tribune played along.
Here are the emails in question that may indicate her fixer Ben Goldfarb’s attempts to influence the press in 2016. There are 44 pages in this Scribd document.
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Why all the deceptions? Why all the attempts to cover up her marriage situation (or lack thereof). She has claimed that she was married in the “tradition” of her faith. Whatever the background, the freshman Congresswoman from Minnesota has destroyed her own credibility.
From obvious anti-Semitic statements, to attacking state department representatives, to getting her facts ridiculously wrong on everything from gun violence to military incidents, she has no credibility left. Democrats should pay attention.
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