UPDATED 7:28 AM PT — Friday, June 7, 2019
Congresswoman Ilhan Omar is running into legal trouble just months after being sworn-in on Capitol Hill. According to Minnesota state officials Thursday, Omar violated campaign finance rules during her time as a state representative. The Democrat lawmaker must now pay back her former campaign committee and the state roughly $4,000.
The investigation began last fall after a Republican state lawmaker filed a formal complaint about Omar’s spending practices. Investigators uncovered evidence of Omar spending money on travel and hotel expenses for out of state trips, which were not related to her serving in office.
Additional documents showed the lawmaker used campaign money to obtain her immigration records and to file a joint tax return with her husband. The latter process took place between 2014 and 2015 with Omar’s current husband, while she was reportedly married to another man.
This could land Omar in trouble with the IRS because joint filings are only allowed if a couple is legally recognized as married in the state they are living in.
The Republican state lawmaker who first filed the complaint responded to the findings by saying “this adds to the litany of disrespect for the law that Representative Omar has.”
At this time Omar plans to pay back the money and close down the account from her state race.