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Omar rakes in the ‘Benjamins’ even amid cries of antisemitism – American Politics

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Ilhan Omar.
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Rep. Ilhan Omar, a freshman democrat widely known for her controversial statements, raised $832,000 in the first quarter, according to her Federal Election Commission report filed on Monday, Politco reported. 

Omar’s funds came from mostly small donations. Approximately half of her donations (USD $415,000), came from donations under USD $200. Most of her funds were donated online (USD $631,000). 

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, also often under scrutiny for antisemitism, gave Omar $2,000 on March 28, and House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (S.C.) gave her $1,000 on March 29.

Clyburn came to Omar’s defense when other democrats wanted to form legislation against Omar and her alleged antisemitic remarks, according to the report. 

Later on, the legislation broadened and targeted all hate speech in its various forms, instead of singling out Omar.  

As of March, Omar’s campaign spent $241,000 and had $607,000 in cash on hand. Omar was one of the top democratic fundraisers this quarter. 

ABC reported that the results of the investigation will be issued by the end of May at the latest. 

Omar has widely been criticized for various comments, especially those criticizing Israel. In February, Omar tweeted “It’s all about the Benjamins baby,” making a critique on AIPAC, which many thought was rooted in an antisemitic trope. Omar later apologized “unequivocally,” for this comment. 

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