Republicans introduce bill, named after Ilhan Omar, to stop campaign cash from being paid out to family

FILE - In this July 25, 2019 file photo, Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., center, flanked by Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., left, and Rep. Deb Haaland, D-N.M., introduces the Zero Waste Act that would create a federal grant program to help local governments invest in waste reduction initiatives, at the Capitol in Washington. An image circulating on Facebook on Sept. 11 that shows the burning World Trade Center’s twin towers with photos of Omar laughing, puts words in the Democratic congresswoman’s mouth. Omar, the first Muslim refugee elected to Congress, has faced criticism for using the phrase “some people did something” in remarks about the attacks during a speech in March. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Republican Representatives introduce a bill named after Ilhan Omar after reports emerged that her campaign paid $2.8 million to a firm owned by her husband.

The bill is titled the “Oversight for Members and Relatives Act” or the “OMAR Act” a clever acronym brought fourth by Wisconsin Representatives Tom Tiffany, and Mike Gallagher.

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Mike Gallagher claims “Loopholes that allow members of Congress to funnel campaign funds to their spouses are despicable and erode trust in our government,”

This is not the first example of massive amounts of campaign funds being moved by members of Congress to the pockets of their loved ones.

Maxine Waters, a Democrat from California has given over $1 million in campaign cash to her daughter since 2003 according to Federal Election Data.

Aside from her daughter, various other members of the Waters family have received over $1 according to a 2004 report.

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Officials abusing their office, and status as a candidate in order to raise money and line their families pockets is certainly an issue that needs to be addressed.


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