Republican legislator introduces 'OMAR' Act to ban campaign compensation for candidate spouses

"Members of Congress should not be able to enrich themselves by paying their spouses with campaign money," Rep. Gallagher said.

Published: March 31, 2023 2:46pm

Wisconsin GOP Rep. Tom Tiffany introduced legislation titled the OMAR Act, which would make disclosure of campaign compensation to candidates' immediate family members transparent. 

"Regardless of political party, we should all be able to agree that running for political office shouldn't be part of a family enrichment scheme," Rep. Tiffany said in a statement he gave to Fox News Digital.

"Public officials should serve their constituents; they shouldn't be serving up a plate of campaign cash to their spouse," he continued in the statement. "The OMAR Act will help restore public confidence in Congress and prevent politicians from pocketing their campaign funds." OMAR is an acronym for Oversight for Members And Relatives, and is named after "Squad" member and Democrat Rep. Ilhan Omar who has received backlash due to her campaign's payments to the E Street Group, a consulting firm co-owned by her husband, Tim Mynett. 

Co-sponsors of this bill include Reps. Mike Gallagher (R-Wisc.), Nancy Mace, (R-S.C.) and Claudia Tenney (R-N.Y.).

"Members of Congress should not be able to enrich themselves by paying their spouses with campaign money," Gallagher told Fox Digital. 

"It's crazy this is even legal in the first place," he concluded. "This bill puts an end to this despicable practice and is a common-sense way to restore trust in government and ensure people don't profit off running for Congress."

Charlotte Hazard is a reporter for Just the News. Follow her on Twitter for more stories.

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