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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.

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“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.

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.

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.

“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.

Omar’s fundraising tweet generated plenty of questions.

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.

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.

Frieda Powers


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