Ilhan Omar's Marriage Contradictions a 'Troubling Discovery'

Elias Hubbard
June 13, 2019

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune editorial board is growing exhausted of the constant controversies surrounding freshman lawmaker Rep. Ilhan Omar (D., Minn.).

In another statement to the Associated Press, Omar's campaign said, "All of Rep. Omar's tax filings are fully compliant with all applicable tax law".

Minnesota campaign finance officials ruled last week that Omar owed her campaign committee almost $3,500, as well as a $500 civil penalty to the state, after using committee funds for personal travel and help on her tax returns. The Campaign Finance Board found Omar had filed a joint tax return with a man when she was legally married to another at the time. According to the Associated Press, the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board mentioned that Omar's financial disclosures contained some irregularities, and although they aren't the ones to ultimately investigate and punish her for them, the board felt they were worth mentioning. "The former state representative who won a seat in Congress last fall continues to be dogged by past missteps, this time eight violations of Minnesota campaign-finance law that will cost her almost $3,500 in reimbursements and civil penalties".

It's against the law in Minnesota to file jointly unless one filer is legally married to the other.

They had two children together before separating in 2008. They did receive a marriage certificate from Minnesota and pursued a civil marriage, but when they divorced in 2011, they did not file paperwork with the state. Omar didn't legally file for divorce with Elmi until 2017.

Omar and Hirsi became engaged in 2002 but were never legally married. Last year Omar told the Star Tribune that she had married her partner "in her faith", and had earlier divorced her first husband "in her faith".

Just months into her tenure, Omar has caused an uproar for her views on Israel and her perceived use of anti-Semitic tropes to justify those views. It's also not clear whether Omar is in trouble; the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board did not refer the matter to a state prosecutor, and the IRS does its own investigations and won't comment on any pending inquiries.

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