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Death threats and Trump taunts galvanize grassroots financial support for Ilhan Omar

Rep. Ilhan Omar seen here as she addressed supporters when she launched her congressional campaign in Minneapolis on June 14, 2018. Photo: Bethel Gessesse/Mshale

Fifth congressional representative Ilhan Omar has faced death threats as well as inflammatory taunts from the president of the United States, but it seems to have emboldened supporters to come to her aid financially.

In the legally mandated requirement to file campaign finance reports for the first quarter of 2019 with the Federal Elections Commission (FEC), Omar is among the top fundraisers in Congress. Omar raised a whopping $832,000, the largest in the entire Minnesota congressional house delegation and among the top tier nationally. Only Senator Tina Smith outraised her in the Minnesota delegation. Smith raised 1,094,181. Reports were due to the FEC on April 15.

According to the FEC report which you can view here [1], almost half of the $832,000 ($415,000 to be exact) came from those giving less than $200 with most of the funds coming through ActBlue, the online fundraising website for Democrats.

As of March 31, Rep. Omar had over $606,000 ending cash on hand. She is barely into her first term and does not face reelection until the fall of 2020.

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About Tom Gitaa [2]

Tom is the President and Publisher of Mshale and chair of the Minnesota Multicultural Media Consortium (MMMC). As Mshale founder, he did a lot of the reporting during the humble beginnings of the newspaper. While he still does the occasional reporting, he now concentrates on the publishing side of the news operation.Tom was also the original host of Talking Drum, the signature current affairs show on the African Broadcasting Network (ABN-America), which was available nationwide in the United States via the DishNetwork satellite service. On the show, he interviewed Nobel laureates such as 2004 Nobel Peace prize winner, Professor Wangari Maathai, the first woman from Africa to win the peace prize and heads of states such as the president of  The Gambia, Yahya Jammeh at State House, Banjul. Tom has previously served in the board of directors of Global Minnesota, the sixth largest World Affairs Council in the United States. He has also previously served as President of the Board of Directors of Books for Africa, the largest shipper of donated books to Africa and. He sits on the board of the United Nations Association.