BUSTED? Rep. Omar Fined and Ordered To Reimburse Funds!


So, Democrat Rep. Ilham Omar has been caught in yet another scandal.

This time, though, it wasn’t what Omar said, but what she did, that started it.

Omar has been found guilty of illegal use of campaign funds for purposes other than campaigning.

On Thursday, Minnesota officials ruled that Omar broke state rules when she used campaign funds for her expenses such as travel and must pay back the $3.5K along with an additional fine.

Take a look at the news that hit Twitter:

Some Twitter users voiced their opinions that the ruling was not harsh enough on Omar.

Here's some response tweets:

Fox News has more details:

Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., repeatedly violated state rules when she used campaign funds to pay for personal out-of-state travel as well as help on her tax returns and must reimburse her former campaign committee nearly $3,500, Minnesota campaign finance officials ruled Thursday.

The Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board said the first-term congresswoman also must pay the state a $500 civil penalty for using campaign money to travel to Florida, where she accepted an honorarium.

"Rep. Omar must personally reimburse the Omar committee $3,469.23," the report concludes. "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."

Additionally, conservative commentators pointed out that the Board's report revealed Omar and her current husband, Ahmed Hirsi, filed joint tax returns in 2014 and 2015, when Omar was reportedly married to another man. Omar engaged in a civil marriage with Ahmed Nur Said Elmi in 2009, and the couple separated in 2011 without formally petitioning for divorce until 2017. 

KSTP said the following about Omar's response to the ruling:

The findings are a result of an investigation stemming from multiple complaints filed by state Rep. Steve Drazkowski, R-Mazeppa.

Rep. Omar issued the following statement on the ruling:

"I'm glad this process is complete and that the Campaign Finance Board has come to a resolution on this matter. We have been collaborative in this process and are glad the report showed that none of the money was used for personal use, as was initially alleged.

"In addition to complying with the Board's findings, I plan on closing the account from my State House race and distributing the funds to organizations that help train first-time candidates to run for office—so that the next generation of candidates and their teams know how to adequately track and report campaign expenses. I also believe we need to dedicate more resources to our campaign finance agencies—and I look forward to supporting these efforts."

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