The editorial, "Ilhan Omar's credibility takes another hit", is noteworthy because the Star Tribune has often been criticized by conservatives for downplaying questions about Omar's freakish marital history. The Campaign Finance Board found Omar had filed a joint tax return with a man when she was legally married to another at the time. Omar, for two years running, filed joint tax returns with a man she was living with but not legally married to.
In another statement to the Associated Press, Omar's campaign said, "All of Rep. Omar's tax filings are fully compliant with all applicable tax law".
Omar was ordered by campaign finance officials to pay a fine of $3,500 over this incident and her misuse of thousands of dollars in campaign funds between the years 2016 and 2017.
It's not Omar's first financial transgression, either.
They had two children together before separating in 2008. "The former state representative who won a seat in Congress last fall continues to be dogged by past missteps, this time eight violations of Minnesota campaign-finance law that will cost her almost $3,500 in reimbursements and civil penalties". But for tax purposes, only civil marriages qualify.
She then married Elmi in 2009, and obtained a divorce in 2011.
Omar and Hirsi reunited, she says, sometime after she divorced Elmi, had a child together in 2012, and then legally married in 2018. But according to her IRS filings, it appears that Omar and Hirsi filed jointly as a married couple in 2014 and 2015, after she'd separated from her other husband, but before she'd filed for a legal divorce, and well before she legally married Hirsi in Minnesota. It's not clear, according to the Associated Press, that Omar or her non-husband saw any benefit from filing jointly, or that they purposefully meant to pay less in taxes by filling out the paperwork together.
The Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board never referred the case to county prosecutors, so it's unlikely action against Omar will be taken, the Associated Press reported. "Every month seems to bring a fresh problem".