Rep. Drazkowski: Omar Violated Campaign Finance Laws

Ilhan OmarBy Bethany Blankley| The Center Square

Minnesota state Rep. Steve Drazkowski said that if freshman congresswoman Ilhan Omar had followed state law governing campaign finance reporting, she might never have been elected to Congress.

Drazkowski, R-District 21B, served with Omar in the state Legislature during her two-year term and later led the call for a state campaign finance board investigation into her campaign activities.

The board found Omar was guilty on multiple counts and ordered her to pay more than $3,000 worth of fines June 6.

Three different campaign finance complaints and fines were levied by the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board against Omar prior to Drazkowski ever getting involved, he says.

In an interview with The Center Square, he said Omar “committed close to a dozen [campaign finance] violations in two to two and a half years, which is unprecedented. No other freshman in the Minnesota House has even come close.”

Prior to running for congressional office, Omar didn’t file required financial information by the January deadline, instead filing five months later after a party delegate deadline. Had she filed them in January, the delegates might have chosen another candidate, and she would have faced a Minnesota House ethics investigation, Drazkowski argues, after learning of an ethics violation in which Omar accepted honoraria from three universities as a state legislator.

The investigation into campaign finance irregularities resulted in the committee uncovering joint tax returns Omar filed with her partner, Ahmed Hirsi, the father of her children, while she still was legally married to Ahmed Nur Said Elmi, a British citizen, from 2009-2017.

“Rep. Omar now faces very clear probable cause related to potential charges for tax fraud and perjury,” Drazkowski said.

There also have been allegations that Elmi is Omar’s brother, something Omar has called “absurd and offensive.”

Omar affirms that she did marry Ahmed Nur Said Elmi in 2009. They divorced in December 2017.

“There’s a lot of talk about the fact that she was married to her brother. I know nothing about it,” President Donald Trump told reporters last week in response to questions. “I’m sure that somebody would be looking at that,” he added.

Omar spokesman Jeremy Slevin issued a statement saying the accusations about Omar’s personal life are false in response to the Star-Tribune story.

“Ilhan has shared more than most public officials ever do about the details of her personal life – even when it is personally painful,” Slevin said in a statement published by the Star-Tribune. “Whether by colluding with right-wing outlets to go after Muslim elected officials or hounding family members, legitimate media outlets have a responsibility not to fan the flames of hate. Continuing to do so is not only demeaning to Ilhan, but to her entire family.”

Drazkowski called on his district’s representative in the U.S. House, Democrat Angie Craig, to remove Omar from the House Foreign Affairs Committee. He also requested the congresswoman open an ethics investigation into Omar, both of which Craig rejected.

Reprinted with permission from - The Center Square - by Bethany Blankley

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Jack Thomas

Congresswoman Ilhan Omar clearly has a few skeletons in her closet that beg for further investigation. The Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board needs to initiate strong follow-up of Omar’s alleged violations and should push for an ethics inquiry. That’s not likely to happen, though, unless state Rep. Steve Drazkowski and other Republicans in the Minnesota legislature are willing to take this matter to the limit with a sustained effort. Now that Rep. Omar is in the U.S. Congress, however, Minnesota may well feel compelled to absolve itself of the whole ugly business and, if so, the rule of law becomes meaningless, just as it does when Congress cannot bring itself to discipline wrong-doing in its own ranks. No surprise on this point! Democrats are the most notorious for allowing corrupt officials to get a free “Get Out of Jail” card. It happens almost with depressing familiarity; look no… Read more »


I hope Rep. Drazkowski isn’t holding his breath waiting for Congressional House leadership to actually enforce their own ethics rules concerning Omar’s actions, that if all true, also include tax fraud and perjury with are criminal offenses. There are two sets of standards: One if you’re a Democrat and the other that pertains to the rest of us. With the Democrats in control of the House, guess which set of standards applies? There is a reason why every socialist movement over the last 100 years has used the exact same slogan “The ends justify the means.” over and over again. That is literally the mantra the left lives by. In Omar’s case, what is a little tax fraud and perjury, if it lands her a real position of power in the Congress of the United States of America? That is how the left thinks. The sooner the rest of us… Read more »

Todd Taylor

Yes, there seems to be a clear double standard when it comes to enforcement of the law; one for Democrats and a law for the rest of us.

Todd Taylor

Rep. Ilhan Omar is more compromised than that of the hole that breached the hull of the Titanic; she, along with her socialistic crew, are going down. If Ilhan Omar represents the maiden voyage of the socialistic Titanic than patriotic conservativism represents the iceberg that will sink the movement.