Ilhan Omar for Congress Releases Media Toolkit
To date, the campaign has focused its strategy on digital ads and direct mail. Over the next few weeks, the campaign will be running positive TV spots about Ilhan’s work for the district and progressive vision.
Voters should know that there is a sharp contrast between the two:
- Ilhan Omar – the only candidate who is a former union member. She is also the only candidate who has received endorsements from labor unions—including the Minnesota AFL-CIO, SEIU, Teamsters, the American Federation of Teachers, and AFSCME. In Congress, she has fought for both a minimum wage increase to $15 per hour as well as the Paycheck Fairness Act. Conversely, Antone Melton-Meaux was a partner at Jackson Lewis, “the notorious union-busting, management-side law firm Jackson Lewis.” [Vanessa Bee, Associate Editor of Current Affairs on Twitter 7/6/20 and HuffPost 7/24/20]
- In that role, he represented corporations who were accused of wage theft and defended corporations for firing pregnant workers.
While Antone Melton-Meaux has received massive campaign contributions from the medical industry [FEC Accessed 7/15/20] and opposes Medicare for All [MinnPost 7/10/20], Ilhan Omar has led the fight in Congress as the Vice-Chair of the Congressional Medicare for All Caucus to ensure all Americans have access to health care. She held a packed town hall with constituents and Medicare for All sponsor Rep. Pramila Jayapal.
- Ilhan Omar refuses to take contributions from Corporate PAC’s, and has an average contribution of $18 with 99% of her donations coming from small dollar contributions (under $200). Antone Melton-Meaux is backed by billionaires and generous Trump and Mitch McConnell donors averaging $650 per contribution to his campaign. The majority of his donors give the maximum—$2,800. [The Intercept 6/11/20]
- Ilhan Omar is a champion of women’s rights, equal pay, and the #MeToo Movement. Antone Melton-Meaux called the #MeToo Movement a “Scarlet Letter” for employers and even defended a woman who accused her employer of firing her because she was pregnant. [MinnPost 7/10/20]
While most Minnesotans are struggling to get by during the COVID-19 crisis, Antone Melton-Meaux loaned his own campaign $75,000—thousands of dollars more than the average Minnesotan makes in an entire year. [MNGov Accessed 7/24/20 and FEC Accessed 7/23/20]