Ilhan Omar violated campaign finance rules, investigation finds, as more questions about tax filings arise | Fox News
Minnesota campaign finance officials ruled that Omar violated state campaign finance rules repeatedly. But the documents also noted this:
The crisis committee had Frederick & Rosen prepare releases for Rep. Omar and Mr. Hirsi to sign in order for Frederick & Rosen to obtain Rep. Omar’s and Mr. Hirsi’s filed joint tax returns for 2014 and 2015.
As David Steinberg from PJ Media points out:
Uhhhh… that’s a serious tax problem. IRS rules prohibit joint filings between people who are not legally married.
This is a pretty big deal and if a Republican were to do this, it would be a massive national story. The only outlet to pick it up is the editorial page of the Star Tribune, which is the local paper for her district. They have had enough of her.
It is even more disturbing, therefore, to learn that among the board’s latest findings was a troubling discovery that is far beyond its jurisdiction, but worthy of greater scrutiny nevertheless. Omar, for two years running, filed joint tax returns with a man she was living with but not legally married to. Complicating matters further, she was legally married to another man at the time. It’s against the law in Minnesota to file jointly unless one filer is legally married to the other. Last year Omar told the Star Tribune that she had married her partner “in her faith,” and had earlier divorced her first husband “in her faith.” That’s fine for religious purposes. But for tax purposes, only civil marriages qualify. It’s not known whether she benefited materially by filing jointly. That is something that voters, who are obliged to follow tax laws no matter how painful, are entitled to know.