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Why the Omar Act To Ban Campaigns From Paying Candidates’ Spouses Is Doomed To Fail

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This bill, as commonsensical as it is, is doomed to failure in the fetid, corrupt swamp that is Washington today because Ilhan Omar is golden and cannot be touched by any allegations, as she herself knows. All she has to do is say that her accusers are targeting her because she is black, female, and Muslim, and she wins the game on a triple victimhood play.

Once the political and media elites began to play identity politics, it was the end of accountability for those in protected groups and their allies, and ultimately it will be the end of representative government itself.

“House Republicans introduce OMAR Act to ban campaigns from paying candidates’ spouses,” by Valerie Richardson, Washington Times, February 5, 2021:

House Republicans introduced Friday a bill to stop federal candidates from adding their spouses to the campaign payroll, dubbing it the OMAR Act, which probably isn’t a coincidence.

Rep. Ilhan Omar, Minnesota Democrat, came under criticism last year for paying her husband’s consulting firm a reported $2.8 million during her 2020 reelection run, prompting conservatives to file a complaint with the Federal Election Commission.

She told supporters after the election that she would cut ties with E Street Group, headed by her husband Tim Mynett, to avoid any “perceived issue,” but the sponsors of the legislation said that the problem is bigger than any single candidate.

“For too long, lawmakers of both political parties have engaged in the ethically dubious practice of pocketing campaign funds by ‘hiring’ their spouses and laundering the money as campaign-related expenses,” said Rep. Tom Tiffany, Wisconsin Republican, in a statement.

The Oversight for Members and Relatives Act would prohibit candidates for federal office from compensating spouses who work on campaigns and require disclosure of any direct or indirect payments made to spouses or immediate family members, including children, parents, siblings and in-laws.

“Loopholes that allow members of Congress to funnel campaign funds to their spouses are despicable and erode trust in our government,” said Rep. Mike Gallagher, Wisconsin Republican. “There’s simply no logical reason for allowing this practice to continue, and I’m proud to join Rep. Tiffany in this common-sense effort to ensure members can’t profit off running for Congress.”

At least two top Democrats could be predisposed to support the measure: A similar measure sponsored by Rep. Adam B. Schiff, California Democrat, was approved by the House in 2007 with the support of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Mr. Schiff said in a 2007 press release that candidates “run for federal office to serve the public, not to financially profit from the campaign.”

“There have been too many reports of corruption and abuse in Congress over the last few years, and the passage of this bill with bipartisan support marks an important step forward in restoring the public’s confidence that elected officials are working in the public’s interest and not their own,” Mr. Schiff said. “Candidates run for federal office to serve the public, not to financially profit from the campaign.”…

Article posted with permission from Robert Spencer

The Washington Standard

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