The Sun reports Ilhan Omar’s primary opponent has raised a whopping seven times more money than the controversial Congresswoman – also increasing the chances Omar could be voted out of office after just one term.
Antonne Melton-Meaux brought in $3.2 million while Omar received $471,600 in the second quarter of 2020, according to filings with the Federal Election Commission.
Melton-Meaux, who seeks to unseat Omar in Minnesota’s fifth congressional district, is a lawyer and mediator.
It is nearly impossible for Minneapolis to miss Melton-Meaux’s flyers and campaign ads that have blanketed television.
When asked what inspired him to run for office, Melton-Meaux told Insight News that Omar’s controversial comments about Israel and pro-Israel lobbyists do not represent his values.
“That started me down a path of thinking whether this is the representation that reflects my values and the values of this district,” Melton-Meaux said.
“In 2019 alone, she missed 40 votes. She missed more votes than all other Democrats in the Minnesota delegation combined, by many factors.”
Melton-Meaux claimed to initially support Omar in 2018, saying that “she did good work for the district, but instead of bringing us together, she’s become a divider.”
Omar ignited a bipartisan uproar in Washington and Minnesota during her first weeks in Congress in 2019 when she suggested on Twitter that members of Congress support Israel for money.
But Melton-Meaux trailed Omar in terms of campaign donations in 2019 and the first quarter of 2020.
However, a closer look at Omar and Melton-Meaux’s filings displays differences in where the money comes from.
According to MinnPost, Omar has out-raised Melton-Meaux in unitemized individual donations — these are contributions from people who gave less than $200 and whose identifying information isn’t required to be reported to the FEC — by more than ten to one.
Three quarters of the money Omar raised in the second quarter came from these types of small donations.
On the contrary, Melton-Meaux out-raised Omar by more than two to one in itemized contributions — money from donors who gave over $200 and whose names and addresses are required to be reported by the campaign to the FEC.
Of his second-quarter funds, $3 million came in donations of $200 or more.