Freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) is in a fight for her political life — and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) was just caught sending her a lifeline.
According to a recent report from the Washington Free Beacon, Pelosi has funneled $14,000 to Omar’s primary campaign as the Minnesota lawmaker’s fundraising continues to fall flat.
Lending a helping hand
Omar has been controversial from the moment she took over her Minnesota congressional seat in 2019. Indeed, her anti-American rhetoric dominated headlines early in her freshman term on the Hill — and she hasn’t slowed her roll since.
But while Omar has attempted to align herself with the likes of progressive powerhouse Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), the Minnesota legislator can’t seem to keep up with AOC’s level of funding.
According to the Free Beacon, Pelosi transferred $10,000 from her own PAC to Omar, and sent the freshman lawmaker another $4,000 from her campaign committee late last month.
The move comes after news that Omar’s primary challenger, Antone Melton-Meaux, had raised a whopping $3.3 million in the second quarter of 2020. Omar raised just $470,000 during that time, the Free Beacon noted.
The people are speaking
But while Pelosi may be wanting to boost Omar’s standing in her primary race, it’s up to Minnesota’s 5th congressional district to decide who represents them — and Ilhan seems to be slipping.
Indeed, the people of Minnesota are speaking with their spare change, and they don’t seem to be happy with Omar’s job performance. Of the money Melton-Meaux raised in the second quarter, $273,000 of it from the 5th district.
Omar managed to rake in only $8,000 locally in that time frame.
Cash in hand, Omar’s challenger has hit the gas pedal when it comes to campaigning. According to the Free Beacon, Melton-Meaux has spent almost $2 million on ads ahead of the Aug. 11 primary election.
Omar, on the other hand, did not even eclipse $800,000 in ad spending. And out of that money, she funneled about $600,000 to her husband’s consulting firm, the Free Beacon noted.
A loss for Omar could be a crippling blow to the progressive movement — but with numbers like these, that possibility is looking more and more like an inevitable reality. Sorry, Pelosi.