Apart from the fact that she appears to be a foreign agent, it’s illegal, from a terror regime, no less. U.S. federal law prohibits foreign nationals from donating to political candidates.
IN CALL FOR CAMPAIGN FUNDS FOR U.S. REP. ILHAN OMAR – WHO HAS MET WITH TURKISH PRESIDENT ERDOGAN – TURKISH PRO-GOVERNMENT NEWS OUTLETS DECLARE: ‘ILHAN OMAR LAID OUT THE U.S.’S LIES IN THE MIDDLE EAST ONE BY ONE!’
In an article about U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), the manager of the Turkish state-run news channel TRT World’s Research Centre, Dr. Tarek Cherkaoui, encouraged readers to donate to Omar’s campaign fund. The article, written for the English-language website of the Turkish pro-government daily Yeni Şafakand published April 1, 2019, was titled “Media Flak Directed At Ilhan Omar No Surprise At All.” At least seven other Turkish media outlets ran the same article, in both English and in Turkish. It should be noted that U.S. federal law prohibits foreign nationals from donating to political candidates.
Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) meets with Turkish President Erdoğan during the 2017 UN General Assembly.
TURKISH NEWS OUTLETS CALL FOR FUNDING FOR OMAR
In his article, Dr. Cherkaoui wrote that “donating money to Omar’s campaign fund would be an adequate way of denying powerful organizations the power to censor alternative voices.” The article, which originally appeared in Yeni Şafak, was also published, with the same call for funds, on both the English- and Turkish-language websites of Turkish state-run news wire Anadolu Agency, the website of the Turkish state-run TRT World’s Research Centre, and the Turkish news websites TimeTurk, Haksöz Haber, TürkHaber, and Fikriyat.
It is difficult to calculate the reach that this call has had among Turkish readers, but Yeni Şafak’s Turkish-language website is one of Turkey’s most popular news websites, and, as of September 2018, its Turkish print edition had a weekly circulation of 111,622. Given Omar’s popularity in Turkey, and that the article was published in Turkish as well as in English, it is likely that some Turks have sought to donate to Rep. Omar’s campaign fund.
TURKISH FOREIGN MINISTER PHONES OMAR TO CONGRATULATE HER ON ELECTION WINS; OMAR MEETS WITH ERDOĞAN IN NEW YORK, AND WITH TURKISH CONSUL GENERAL, PARTICIPATES IN ISTANBUL CONFERENCE
According to diplomatic sources, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu phoned Rep. Omar in November 2016 to congratulate her on her election victory, and again congratulated her on her win in November 2018.
Turkish press reports on Turkish FM’s phone call congratulating Omar.
Article posted with permission from Pamela Geller
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