One of four members of the Squad Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) on Tuesday, July 14, received endorsement from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) while a political newcomer outraised her sevenfold in primary campaign.
“Ilhan is a valued and important Member of our Caucus,” Pelosi said in a statement, reported Jewish Journal. “In her first term, Ilhan has already established herself as a leader on a host of issues—from child nutrition to housing to U.S.-Africa relations.”
Omar raised just $471,624 between March and April, the congresswoman’s campaign told the Star Tribune that she has $1.1 million in cash on hand. Meanwhile, Antone Melton-Meaux, an attorney, raised $3.2 million in the same time frame to unseat the controversial congresswoman in Minneapolis. He reported having $2 million in cash on hand.
Melton-Meaux’s surge in fundraising was partly driven by fundraisers held by pro-Israel groups who have been concerned about Omar’s Israel policies. Omar is one of two Democrats in the House who support the boycott Israel movement and was named “Antisemite of the Year” by an advocacy group.
Omar’s Deputy Communications Director Isi Kirshner-Breen brushed off concerns about Melton-Meaux’s fundraising haul, touting the congresswoman’s nationwide influence.
“Rep. Omar has been fighting for big structural changes to address systematic inequalities in education, health, environment, and the economy at home and across the nation. That’s why Wall Street and GOP donors are threatened by her,” Kirshner-Breen said. “Our campaign is about organizing people. That’s what progressives do. And organized people will always beat organized money.”
Omar has defended calls to tear down Minneapolis Police Department in the wake of George Floyd’s death. Last week, she took a step further by calling for dismantling of the U.S. political and economic systems that serve as a “system of oppression.”
“As long as our economy and political systems prioritize profit without considering who is profiting, who is being shut out, we will perpetuate this inequality. We cannot stop at [the] criminal justice system. We must begin the work of dismantling the whole system of oppression wherever we find it,” Omar said during an outdoor press conference.