Trolling isn’t just for social media, folks. In fact, two Republican members of Congress just introduced a bill that will put a smile on your face while annoying the far left.
The Daily Caller reported, “Two House Republicans introduced a bill Friday to prevent members of Congress from using campaign funds to pay their spouses, a measure they named after Rep. Ilhan Omar.”
Wisconsin Reps. Tom Tiffany and Mike Gallagher proposed the Oversight for Members And Relatives Act, otherwise known as the OMAR act. The proposal is intended to address reports that Omar’s campaign paid $2.8 million to a consulting firm that her husband, political consultant Tim Mynett, owned. (See: Ilhan Omar Has Now Paid Her Husband’s ‘Firm’ Over $1 Million In Corrupt Scheme)
“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 Tiffany in a press release.
“Loopholes that allow members of Congress to funnel campaign funds to their spouses are despicable and erode trust in our government,” Rep. Gallagher noted. “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.”
The two lawmakers explained that the bill is based on a piece of legislation that Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) introduced in 2007 that was intended to prevent elected officials and candidates from employing their spouses on their campaigns.
“It is outrageous and inappropriate for Members of Congress to convert campaign donations to personal funds in this way,” Tiffany argued. “It feeds public perceptions of corruption, undermines public trust in Congress, and must come to an end.”
“Regardless of political party, we should all be able to agree that running for political office shouldn’t be part of a family enrichment scheme,” Tiffany concluded. “Passing the OMAR Act will help restore public confidence in Congress and stop politicians from effectively pocketing their campaign funds.”
The Daily Caller pointed out that “The Republican proposal goes further than Schiff’s, which passed the House on July 23, 2007, given that it would prohibit payments to candidates’ spouses who serve as consultants to their campaigns.”
Rep. Omar has faced scrutiny on several occasions when it was revealed that she was using campaign funds to benefit herself and her husband. She is alleged to have funneled donations through Mynett’s consulting company to enrich herself.
Of course, this proposal will likely go nowhere until Republicans control both chambers of Congress. The fact that the bill is named after a Democratic congress member who has blatantly flouted the law when it comes to campaign funds indicates that left-leaning lawmakers will want to bury it as quickly as possible. But it is still another reminder of the malfeasance that Omar engaged in with her campaign. These allegations will not stop following her anytime soon.