UPDATED 10:58 AM PT — Tuesday, April 2, 2019
The lawmaker once under fire for saying “its all about the Benjamin’s” when referring to Americans supporting Israel is now accused of misusing campaign funds.
According to reports, freshman Democrat lawmaker Ilhan Omar allegedly used $6,000 from her campaign fund for personal use. The money reportedly went toward a divorce attorney in 2016 as well as personal trips to Boston and Estonia.
When asked about the payments, she claimed it was compensation for her help on a campaign.
The allegations were first brought up last year by Minnesota lawmaker Steve Drazkowski, who said he observed a “long pattern” of similar behavior from Omar. This isn’t the first time Drazkowski accused Omar of violating campaign spending laws.
“She’s repeatedly trampled on the laws of the state and a variety of areas, and gotten by with it,” he claimed.
Omar was also forced to pay back $2,500 she had improperly accepted between 2017 and this year for speeches at state-funded colleges, which is a violation of ethics rules for lawmakers in her state.
State election officials reportedly launched an investigation into Omar’s handling of campaign funds, which has since come to an end. The board is expected to make a ruling on the investigation sometime over the next two-months.