The Republican campaign to sow mistrust in voting by mail continues with claims from the far-right media outlet Project Veritas that Minnesota Democratic Congresswoman Ilhan Omar—a favorite target of the conservatives—is involved in illegal ballot harvesting and votes-for-cash efforts in the state.
Ballot harvesting, which is not illegal in Minnesota, allows for third parties to deliver absentee ballots on behalf of voters.
The Project Veritas video shows Liban Mohamed, brother of Minneapolis city council member Jamal Osman, claiming to have 300 ballots for Osman in his car for delivery. Again, it is not illegal in Minnesota to deliver absentee ballots on behalf of voters.
Another anonymous source described as a Minnesota political worker claimed, without evidence, that Omar's campaign was paying women and young people for their votes.
The claims are sketchy at best.
In the past, Project Veritas has been caught putting forth fake sources in efforts to entrap media outlets into false reporting. Its head, James O'Keefe, has found himself in multiple legal battles in the past for his efforts.
Media Bias Fact Check rates Project Veritas as extreme Right with questionable with mixed factual reporting.
Overall, we rate Project Veritas a borderline Questionable Right Biased based on story selection that only favors the right and Mixed for factual reporting due to lack of sourcing and several failed fact checks.
Omar's communications director, Jeremy Slevin, said:
"The amount of truth to this story is equal to the amount Donald Trump paid in taxes of ten out of the last fifteen years: zero. And amplifying a coordinated right-wing campaign to delegitimize a free and fair election this fall undermines our democracy."
The Project Veritas video was released around the same time as a bombshell New York Times report on two decades' worth of Trump's tax returns, which showed that the President—who claims to be a billionaire—only paid $750 in taxes in 2016 and 2017. For 10 of the past 15 years, he paid nothing.
When Trump inevitably tweeted about the Project Veritas claims, Omar alluded to the $750 sum with a GIF from the popular game show Deal or No Deal.
The GIF shows a model opening a case with "$750" on a card before showing dismay at the number.
People were here for Omar's clapback.
Others encouraged skepticism of Project Veritas' so-called reporting, especially given its past scams.
Ilhan Omar won her primary handily earlier this year and is almost certain to be reelected in November.