Ilhan Omar has been caught stealing from her campaign funds and now the state of Minnesota is making her pay it back with a small fine:
DAILY CALLER – Democratic Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar improperly spent thousands of dollars in campaign funds on non-campaign expenses in 2016 and 2017 while serving in the state legislature, Minnesota’s campaign finance and public disclosure board ruled Thursday.
The state board ordered Omar to personally reimburse her campaign for just under $3,500 the campaign spent on out-of-state travel for Omar and on her joint tax returns.
Omar is also required to pay a civil penalty of $500 for using campaign funds to pay for her travel to a conference in Florida, where she received an honorarium for speaking.
Republican Minnesota state Rep. Steve Drazkowski filed the initial complaint in July 2018, alleging Omar’s campaign had paid attorneys $2,250 for services related to Omar’s 2017 marriage dissolution.
Drazkowski later amended his complaint to include the payments Omar’s campaign made for her personal travel.
While the state board did find that Omar’s campaign made improper expenditures, it did not find the $2,250 went toward Omar’s marriage dissolution.
Honesty, it sounds like she’s getting off easy, perhaps because it wasn’t a lot of money.
A civil penalty of $500 seems like a drop in the bucket. I would have thought the fine would have been a lot higher to keep politicians from the temptation of stealing from their campaign funds.
Use this as an open thread if you like. Since we’re at the end of the night…
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