(ConservativeUnit.com)- Democratic Representative Ilhan Omar is finally inspiring some legislation that will do this country some good.
This week, two Republican members of the House of Representatives introduced new legislation that would curb the abilities of congressional election campaigns from funneling money to their spouses.
Dubbed the Oversight for Members of Relatives Act, or the OMAR Act, the law will seek to crackdown on Congress members who funnel funds from their campaigns to their spouses. The bill was introduced by Mike Gallagher and Tom Tiffany, who are both from Wisconsin.
The pair said there are members of both political parties who launder money to their spouses by having them work with, or on, their campaigns. The two said that practice is not only inappropriate for people who are running for office, but also helps contribute to continued erosion of the public’s trust in the American government.
As Tiffany tweeted:
“Today, I introduced the Oversight for Members and Relatives (OMAR) Act with @RepGallagher. For too long, lawmakers of both parties have engaged in the ethically dubious practice of pocketing campaign funds by hiring spouses and laundering the money as campaign related expenses.”
A separate tweet explained:
“The bill would put an end to candidates for office tapping their campaign accounts to enrich their spouses. It is outrageous and inappropriate for Members of Congress to convert campaign donations to personal funds in this way.”
The bill is named after Omar because of the ridiculous amount of money that her campaign funneled to the E Street Group, which is a consulting firm run by her husband. Federal Election Committee reports show that Omar’s campaign gave the company almost $3 million in the 2020 election cycle alone. That amount of money accounted for almost 80% of the firm’s income for the entire year.
Omar defended the practice, saying she contacted FEC lawyers, and they assured her that she wasn’t doing anything illegal.
Even if it isn’t technically illegal, though, it’s certainly shady, to say the least.
As House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said:
“You cross the line into the ethical and legal if there is improper use of campaign funds. The question is going to be whether the consultant was conducting normal, documented work at a market rate.”
Omar has been an outspoken progressive member of the House of Representatives’ so-called “Squad.” She has taken aim at establishment Republicans for her entire time in office as a representative from Minnesota.
Now, it’s all coming back to her. She has made anti-Semitic comments on multiple occasions, and Republicans are finally sick of it.
Last week, a group of GOP representatives tried to get support to strip Omar of all her committee assignments in the House of Representatives. That was a similar move that Democrats did with Republican Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia.
As for the issue itself, it seems to have support from both Republicans and Democrats. That means that, in the near future, Omar could have her name in the legal book for banning a practice she certainly took advantage of.