Representative Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) has triggered new legislation after reports say she funneled campaign funds to her husband. Republican lawmakers are now cracking down on lawmakers who send campaign money to their wife or husband.
Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-Wis.) and Rep. Tom Tiffany (R-Wis.) have introduced the OMAR Act (Oversight for Members and Relatives Act). The two Republicans say that both sides of the aisle have funneled funds by hiring their spouses as campaign aids or consultants. They say the practice is unethical and harms the public’s trust in government.
“You transgress the line of what is ethical when there is inappropriate spending of campaign money,” said Minority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy.” The question will be if the consultant was doing normal, legal work at the current market rate.”
The name of the bill is targeted at DNC Rep. Omar who has been slammed for hiring her husband’s consulting firm, the E Street Group. The FEC has revealed that her campaign paid the E Street Group almost $3 million during 2020.
This was almost 80% of the company’s income for that year. Rep. Omar says she had consulted with FEC attorneys during the election who promised her this was not illegal.
The GOP have been targeting Omar for most of her stay in Congress after her anti-Semitic statements towards Israel. Last week, a group of GOP members in the House tried to gather support for removing Omar from her committees, which is what Democrats did to Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.)
Meanwhile, both sides have joined forces on the issue of funneling campaign money to spouses. They think stopping the practice will create greater transparency in election finance and put an end to the culture of corruption.