Conservative attacks on Rep. Ilhan Omar have dramatically increased her ability to raise funds.

By |2019-04-16T11:03:11-08:00April 17th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |3 Comments

Thanks, wingnuts.

Courtesy of Politico

Small-dollar donors rushed to defend embattled Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) in the first three months this year, as she faced charges of anti-Semitism from prominent Democrats, according to a fundraising report filed Monday with the Federal Election Commission.

Omar, a Minnesota Democrat elected in 2018 and sworn in for the first time in early January, found herself embroiled in controversy shortly after arriving in Washington. The first Somali-American member of Congress was widely rebuked in February, including by her own party, after several high-profile instances in which she invoked anti-Semitic tropes about U.S. politicians’ support for Israel.

Omar raised $832,000 in the first quarter, according to her FEC report — among the best totals posted by any House Democrat. Roughly half of her donations, $415,000, came from people who gave less than $200 to Omar, and the majority of her funds, $631,000, came from online donors who gave via ActBlue, the Democratic online fundraising platform that has been such a boon to the party’s candidates in recent years that Republicans are scrambling to develop an alternative.

This goes to show that if you want to rally the progressive donors to your side just get the conservatives to target you with death threats. 

Seems kind of dangerous but who can argue with success? 

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3 Comments

  1. Anonymous April 17, 2019 at 8:13 am

    FYI-NOW hear this>
    In an exclusive interview, US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says using 9/11 in a political attack is ‘wrong’; and Democrats won’t take the bait.

    https://www.cnn.com/videos/tv/2019/04/16/amanpour-pelosi-interview.cnn

  2. Anonymous April 17, 2019 at 10:31 am

    Conservatives HATE that Omar is an empowered Muslim woman. Which is ironic because one of their (valid) criticisms of Islam is that it’s not great towards women. Funny, huh?

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