Rep. Ilhan Omar raised $832,000 in the first quarter, according to her FEC report — among the best totals posted by any House Democrat. Roughly half of her donations, $415,000, came from people who gave less than $200 to Omar, and the majority of her funds, $631,000, came from online donors who gave via ActBlue, the Democratic online fundraising platform that has been such a boon to the party’s candidates in recent years that Republicans are scrambling to develop an alternative.
In just her first few months in Congress, Omar has become a fixture of GOP attack ads against Democrats, which have focused on charges of anti-Semitism and other harsh rhetoric. In the last week, the Minnesota Democrat has been a direct target of rhetorical attacks by President Donald Trump and other Republicans accusing her of downplaying the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. She and her allies say their comments — which Republicans say were taken out of context — have prompted a number of death threats against her.