Posted on July 31, 2018

Democratic Congressional Hopeful Forced to Return College Speaking Fees

Evie Fordham, Daily Caller, July 31, 2018

Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor congressional candidate Ilhan Omar said Monday that she will return $2,500 in college speaking fees that she accepted in violation of Minnesota House of Representatives rules.

Minnesota state lawmaker Omar was paid $2,000 in February 2017 to speak at Normandale Community College in Bloomington, Minnesota. She was paid $500 in April 2017 to speak at Inver Hills Community College in Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota, according to a press release issued by Republican state Rep. Steve Drazkowski.

Omar {snip} did not know the rules for an elected official would apply to her, she said, according the Star Tribune.

{snip} Drazkowski accused Omar of using campaign funds to pay her divorce attorney, reported the Star Tribune on July 24. Drazkowski uncovered the speaking fee violations after Omar filed her Statement of Economic Interest in June, nearly five months late, resulting in $1,100 in fines.

The Republican state lawmaker claims that Omar has a “worrisome pattern” of campaign finance violations, according to the report. Omar has been fined a total of $2,250 for three separate violations since May 2017.

Omar is the frontrunner seeking Minnesota Democratic Rep. Keith Ellison’s open seat as he runs for state attorney general. {snip}

Omar is the nation’s first Somali-American legislator.