Omar Has Agreed to Repay Thousands After Investigation Into Marriages

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• June 11, 2019 9:10 am


Rep. Ilhan Omar (D., Minn.) will repay thousands after the Minnesota Campaign Finance Board found she filed tax returns claiming she was married to one man when she was married to another.

Omar has agreed to repay $3,500 and a $500 fine amid the investigation into allegations she misused campaign funds, CBS Minnesota reports.

"All of Rep. Omar’s tax filings are fully compliant with all applicable tax law," a spokesperson for Omar said regarding the tax issue.

CBS Minnesota summarized the history of Omar's personal relationships and Campaign Finance Board Documents.

Omar had two children with Ahmed Hirsi in the early 2000s, but did not marry him. In 2009, she legally married Ahmed Elmi, but received a faith-based divorce — not a legal one — in 2011. In 2012, Omar reconciled with Hirsi and they had another child. She and Hirsi filed joint married tax returns in 2014 and 2015. In 2016, Omar's lawyer and accountants found her filings needed to be corrected. A year later, Omar filed for divorce from Elmi, and in 2018 she legally married Hirsi.

Omar's staff did not clarify whether the 2016 correction was her marital status.

Last week, the Campaign Finance Board voted to cite Omar for campaign finance violations, finding she had accepted speaking fees and had erroneously used campaign funds to speak at a political rally in Boston among other transgressions.

Omar has been the subject of other controversies since entering Congress.

In March, House Democrats cobbled together a resolution condemning hate after Omar made anti-Semitic comments at an event in Washington, D.C., saying she wanted "to talk about the political influence in this country that says it is okay for people to push for allegiance to a foreign country."

In February, Omar had to apologize for anti-Semitic tweets, one which accused AIPAC of paying politicians to be pro-Israel.

survey released last week found 40 percent of American voters hold an unfavorable opinion of Omar, while only 21 percent have a favorable view.

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