Ilhan Omar fined for campaign finance violations


Freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar has been ordered to reimburse her campaign account about $3,500 and to pay a fine of $500 after an investigation found she illegally used campaign funds in 2016 and 2017, a report said Thursday.

The illegal donations date back to when Omar, who represents a district in Minnesota, served as a state representative.

They include a $1,500 payment to a law firm that her campaign hired to respond to unproven allegations that she married her brother as part of a “immigration scheme,” the Star Tribune reported.

The rest of the money was used for travel expenses to cities such as Boston, Chicago and Washington, DC, for political events, the newspaper reported.

“I’m glad this process is complete and that the Campaign Finance Board has come to a resolution on this matter,” Omar told the newspaper in a statement.

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