Ilhan Omar Accused of Yet Another Fraud
Minnesota Representative Ilhan Omar is no stranger to controversy, and now there’s one more to add to the list.
As reported by David Steinberg in The Blaze:
Shortly after Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz issued a “stay-at home” order on March 25, local Imam Tawakal Ismail partnered with 115-year-old charity GMCC to deliver meals to seniors and disabled individuals in immediate risk of hunger.
On April 9, GMCC’s website announced the meal program’s partners and major donors. The list included the imam’s charitable organization Darul Hadiith, and GMCC’s Minnesota FoodShare program.
Absent from the list: U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, or any other elected official or candidate.
This was intentional. Responding to questions via phone and email, Imam Tawakal states that the project is strictly “charity work,” and that he has been explicitly rejecting political partnerships and forbidding campaign photo or video opportunities.
On May 5, GMCC posted a formal news release announcing the program’s growth and success, and again listing partners and major donors. No political campaigns had joined, as expected.
Unexpectedly, Rep. Ilhan Omar tweeted this fundraising appeal the same day:
The tweet has since been deleted without comment.
Soliciting charitable contributions under false pretenses is, of course, a crime. Federal and state election law further governs the act if committed by a political campaign.
Rep. Omar’s tweet appeared to cause an emergency. That evening, GMCC’s executive director posted a remarkable denial:
Interestingly, after calling Omar out, GMCC’s director would later delete that tweet, and then replace it with the following two (also without explanation):
Notably, she did not correct her earlier statement — “Ilhan Omar had nothing to do with the project. I do not know where this money is going to.” She simply announced that GMCC had since confirmed that Rep. Omar would be sending funds.
According to Imam Tawakal, Rep. Omar’s campaign attempted to strong-arm an immigrant’s food charity to falsely take credit for rescuing her potential voters.
Imam Tawakal states that he firmly rejected Rep. Omar’s campaign in-person, but she then attempted to steal credit later — when Imam Tawakal was not physically present.
Further, Imam Tawakal states that Rep. Omar explicitly requested donations based on the false pretense of a partnership, and claimed the donations help Minnesota FoodShare feed Minnesotans who “struggle with hunger.” This appears to have been completely false.
In addition to being plagued by allegations that she married her own brother as part of an immigration fraud scheme, she’s part of the 75% of “squad” members that have been investigated for campaign finance abuses.
Back in June of 2019, Ilhan Omar was ordered to reimburse her campaign $3,500 after an investigation from the Minnesota Campaign Finance Board found she illegally used campaign funds in 2016 and 2017. She was also fined $500. The violating payments included reimbursements for personal travel expenses, in addition to hiring a law firm for services related to an inquiry into her personal tax returns.
Soon-after she was hit with an FEC complaint in late August for allegedly using her campaign to illegally reimburse the travel expenses of political consultant Tim Mynett, who she is alleged to have had an affair with in divorce papers submitted by Mynett’s wife. The complaint was filed one day after those papers were submitted. Omar’s campaign has paid Mynett’s firm “E. Street Group, LLC” nearly $230,000 for various services since the beginning of 2018 through December 2019, and travel expenses. Most of the payments were after election day. Travel expenses totaled over $21,000 and were not itemized, which is required.