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Rep. Ilhan Omar has sparked some scrutiny after a fundraising tweet was questioned by the director of the project she claimed to be helping.
The Minnesota Democrat tweeted — then deleted — a message calling for contributions to help a Minnesota food bank. As it turned out, the link she provided in the tweet was not for the organization at all but for a technology company that provides online fundraising tools for Democrats and progressive groups.
“As Minnesotans struggle with hunger, I’m partnering with @MNFoodShare and other local groups that pack and deliver meals to students and families,” the tweet read.
“Chip in $5 today to power their efforts to keep our communities fed!” Omar added, but included the ActBlue link.
— Katherine Trotter (@TrotterKatAlexa) May 8, 2020
The donate button was to actblue – a democratic fundraising platform – https://t.co/FitWeC3S5j
— Becky ⭐️⭐️⭐️ (@LiliesLegacies) May 9, 2020
The freshman House Democrat soon got called out, however, by the executive director of Greater Minneapolis Community Connections, a century-old organization that runs the Minnesota Foodshare program.
“Ilhan Omar had nothing to do with this project. I do not know where this money is going to,” the tweet, posted by a user named Adrienne, read.
I am the Executive Director of GMCC – Minnesota FoodShare is our program. Ilhan Omar had nothing to do with this project. I do not know where this money is going to.
— Adrienne (@adorn416) May 5, 2020
The GMCC hired Adrienne Dorn as the organization’s Executive Director in 2018 after she was, according to their website, “managing the campaign of State Rep Candidate Osman Ahmed while consulting for Augsburg University and Somali youth soccer program West Bank Athletic Club.”
Omar soon deleted her tweet after Dorn’s message.
— David Steinberg (@realDSteinberg) May 8, 2020
“The Minnesota FoodShare March Campaign brings together organizations, businesses, faith communities, and individuals to help keep 300 food shelves statewide stocked throughout the year,” the organization explains on its website, adding that donations are “secured year-round from corporations, individuals, foundations, and businesses.”
But ActBlue is apparently not involved.
100% of your donation during the campaign goes to local food shelves who work day after day to build strong communities & feed their neighbors.https://t.co/GKnrgVX3bY
2020 #MarchCampaign runs through April 30.
— Minnesota FoodShare (@MNFoodShare) April 30, 2020
Omar’s fundraising tweet generated plenty of questions.
Did you figure out where the money donated to her campaign was going? Did it get to Minnesota Food Share?
— JD Rucker (@JDRucker) May 8, 2020
2 accounts, I wonder if she opened the 2nd one after she was called out? That would be a clencher. pic.twitter.com/xKE3ybVKb0
— 🇺🇸Fight TheGoodFight🇺🇸 (@ConklinLora) May 9, 2020
I think so.
— Katherine Trotter (@TrotterKatAlexa) May 9, 2020
Curious, does your Food Share for Minnesota have an account on SecureActBlue? Because it does show a donation for MN. Food Share. It would be interesting to find out if this account was set up after you responded saying you are with FS. Did she make it after the fact? 🤔@adorn416 pic.twitter.com/1ftCGsJr80
— 🇺🇸Fight TheGoodFight🇺🇸 (@ConklinLora) May 9, 2020
Omar was accused of violating state campaign finance rules last year and ordered to reimburse more than $3,000 in campaign funds after it was found she had used committee funds for travel expenses. Omar was hit with a Federal Election Commission complaint about paying Tim Mynett, now her husband, and his consulting firm hundreds of thousands of dollars.
‘Looking more and more like a dowry’: Ilhan Omar’s new husband’s firm raking in campaign cash https://t.co/iPxxUl586P
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) April 17, 2020
The latest move in tweeting the link to ActBlue may have been an error on the congresswoman’s part but, given her shady spending and fundraising history, many Twitter users were not going to give her the benefit of the doubt.
Fraudster @Ilhan Omar (D-Hamas) is at it again. Immigration fraud, marriage fraud, financial aid fraud; and now this.
Any other white person who she often accuses of having “white privilege” would be cuffed and taken to jail for having committed these fraudulent activities.
— ChiKung Flu (@Fukumi_Fukuyu) May 9, 2020
Oh yes, 100 percent I do. I hope this is investigated. I’m appalled.
— HarleyQuinn (@HarlyQuinne) May 9, 2020
So, wait, are you saying an elected Representatives from MN is lying about bring partnered with a charity? This seems like some CBS/NBC level news. (at least CNBC)
— obeygravitas (@obeygravitas) May 9, 2020
Wow, that’s very shady of her. @IlhanMN where are you funneling this money?
— China is Asshole! Tip your Delivery Drivers! (@Jordan81007378) May 9, 2020
Once a thief, always a thief…
— Im Essential (@ChemtrailsExist) May 9, 2020
— Beth Sullivan (@bsull617) May 9, 2020
Why @IlhanMN can break the law time after time with no punishment ?
— Hamanito (@zaxxken) May 9, 2020
Well, it says actblue in the link… so @MNFoodShare , the money is going straight into a Democrat Super PAC. – all the best to you and your lawyers!
— indict them all (@BodiazRising) May 9, 2020
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