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Two Democrats Turn Down Campaign Contributions From Rep Ilhan Omar

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Mike Brest Reporter

Two Democrats have decided to return contributions that Democratic Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar made to their campaigns.

Both Georgia Democratic Rep. Lucy McBath and Democratic politician Dan McCready, who is vying for North Carolina’s 9th district, turned down Omar’s contributions, according to reports Wednesday.

Their decision comes following Omar’s contentious first couple of months in Congress and media coverage of comments that many have perceived as anti-Semitic.

McBath, a first-term congresswoman from Georgia’s sixth district, rejected a $2,000 contribution from Omar, the Washington Free Beacon first reported. Hers is the most Jewish district in the state, according to a Berman Jewish Data Bank study from 2013. The sixth district has around 58,000 Jews, which accounted for 8.38% of the district’s 691,975 residents at the time of that report.

McCready, whose race was recalled because there was evidence of illegal ballot harvesting by Republican candidate Mark Harris, refunded a donation from Omar for the same amount, according to WSOC’s Joe Bruno.

Bruno also reported that a McCready spokesperson said that the Democrat “believes there is no place for divisiveness in politics,” adding that “he didn’t feel it was appropriate to accept the donation.”

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) stands with Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) … (Photo by Joshua Roberts/Getty Images)

Omar raised $832,000 in the time since being sworn into congressional office, according to the Federal Election Commission (FEC) report filed Monday. The fundraising haul puts her among the top-earning House Democrats.

Her fundraising and donations come amid backlash she’s faced for comments pertaining to Israel as well as the terror attacks on 9/11. She’s been accused of espousing anti-Semitic tropes on multiple occasions — first accusing the pro-Israel lobby of buying support from members of Congress and then for suggesting that those same members of Congress have a dual allegiance to the U.S. and Israel.

Most recently, she’s faced push back for comments that appeared to some as downplaying the tragedy off 9/11. (RELATED: Rashida Tlaib Defends Ilhan Omar’s 9/11 Comments: This is ‘Racist’)

Neither the McCready nor McBath campaigns responded to requests for comment.

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