Hennepin County Attorney investigating alleged ballot harvesting in Democrat Rep. Ilhan Omar’s district

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN — An undercover investigation by a private group alleges ballot harvesting is taking place in Democrat Rep. Ilhan Omar’s 5th District, and captured video footage reveals a man seemingly bragging about numerous absentee ballots in his possession that favor a city councilman.

Minnesota is a key swing state in the 2020 presidential election.


The investigative team at Project Veritas released an undercover video that purportedly shows an operative, identified as Liban Mohamed, talking about money, absentee ballots, Jamal Osman, a woman identified as Aamino and more.

Mohamed had posted his videos on social media, but eventually removed them. However, Project Veritas captured the videos before they were removed.


Mohamed speaks English and Somali. At times, a translation is provided in the undercover video, and an interpreter is also translating a conversation being recorded.

Mohamed is seen on video saying:

“Money is everything. Money is the king in this world. If you ain’t got money, you should not be here period. You know what I’m saying?

“Money is everything, and a campaign is driven by money. You cannot campaign with $200 or $100 you collected from your grandmother or grandfather. You cannot campaign [with] that.

You gotta have an investment to campaign. You gotta have a fundraisers. You gotta to have what they call, you gotta to have the whole team.”

Later in the video, numerous envelopes that look like ballots are seen on the dashboard of a vehicle Mohamed is allegedly in, according to Project Veritas.

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Minnesota law states that “an agent may deliver ballots to no more than three persons in any election.”

A man who sounds like Mohamed is heard saying:

“Numbers don’t lie. Numbers don’t lie. You can see my car is full. All these here are absentee ballots. Can’t you see? Look at all these. My car is full. My car is full. All of these are for Jamal Osman. Look. Look.

“Just today we got 300 for Jamal Osman.”

Osman won his city council election in August, beating 10 other candidates.


Mohamed is seen later in the video identifying a woman he calls Aamino and explains her role:

“The army is led by Aamino…. She is the general of the troops, as you know.”

The video later shows a different man, whose identity is blurred out, claiming in Somali, and translated by an interpreter, that blank absentee ballots were being filled out by “the ones who work for the campaign.”

The same man also claims in the video:

“There are some Somali people who work with Ilhan.

“They come to us. They come to our apartments.

“They say, this year, you will vote for Ilhan.

“They say we will apply for the absentee ballots. We will fill the form for you, and when you get it back, we will again fill it out and sent it.

“You stay home and you will not go to the place.

“When we get the mail back, they mark for us by saying, ‘This is Ilhan.’

“Then they sign it for us, put it in an envelope and send it.”

When a Project Veritas journalist asks the man where money is paid out, he says:

“When we sign the voting document and they fill it out is when they give us the money.”

Project Veritas’ investigation found three locations inside Ward 6, where ballot harvesting was alleged: The Riverside Plaza apartments, the senior citizen community at Horn Towers and the Minneapolis Elections and Voter Services office at 980 E. Hennepin Avenue, which also functions as a voting location and ballot drop-off site.

In the video, an unnamed and blurred out female, identified as a former political worker, is heard claiming that all ballots were taken from seniors who resided in Horn Towers. She tells a Project Veritas journalist:

“At the end of this street, there’s three towers called Horn Towers, and it’s all seniors and they took every ballot.

“Every single ballot. [They] knock on the door and say, ‘Your ballots come? Give it to me. Give it to me.’”

The same female further claims that seniors were not paid for their ballots, which were allegedly taken away. Regarding other demographic groups, she said:

“And the ones that didn’t vote on ballots, the young people, and the women and stuff, they were paying cash, cash, cash.

“They were carrying bags of money, the last one week here, to drive people.

“And when you vote and they mark you off, then you get in the van, they give you the cash.”

It was unknown how much people were allegedly paid.

The unidentified woman further claimed that “the money was brought by Ali Gainey” and said, “Ali Gainey is the campaign chair of Ilhan, and he is a staffer in her office.”

The woman said he “was coordinating everything…and managing the voting place.”

She then claims sometimes voters are told how to mark their ballots by unnamed individuals:

“They bring them. They line them. They put the open ballots in there, and then they take them in and say, ‘Here.’

“And the people mark. How is that working?

“They have perfected this system. This is what they do.”

It is a violation of federal law to vote for others illegally and is punishable by up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

She also claimed that sometimes mailed ballots, which were never opened by the intended addressee, were removed from their homes by these same unnamed individuals.

“They will tell you, ‘We are applying for your ballot.’

“They take a picture of your social security and your driver’s license.

“They have a database. When the ballot comes, they track it. Sometimes, they make fake emails.

“And they track the ballot. Then they come and pick up the ballot, unopened.”

The woman then says, “So, there is vested interest, but we are victims of the system.”

Later in the video, she claims nonresidents are involved in the alleged voting fraud and that the polling stations and Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party (DFL) are aware of it and accepting temporary addresses as valid:

“Hundreds of people have come back who do not live here.

“And then they are saying that it is 30 days that they must live.

“These people are collecting benefits elsewhere, housing elsewhere, living in other places, and the DFL knows everything. They just want the numbers.

“Truck drivers are coming, getting temporary addresses.

“There needs to be a database of where are these people coming from?

“They don’t live in Minnesota.

“We don’t have hundreds of Somalis lining up every day for balloting. Where are they coming from?

“And as soon as this election is done, people will go back to their normal lives.

“It’s over. They’re accepting temporary addresses, they’re accepting all kind of shenanigans….people that are showing their ID, ‘I moved 30 days ago, my ID has not come back.’”

Omar Jamal, identified as a whistleblower who secretly recorded conversations with the players involved in the alleged voter fraud, claims in the video that the ballot harvesting is an “open secret” and suggests that Rep. Omar and her staffers are a part of the ballot harvesting team:

“She will do anything that she can do to get elected, and she has hundreds of people on the streets doing that.”

Jamal also confirmed that Gainey is a deputy director for Rep. Omar.

Jamal also called the DFL a “machine” that is “in full oppression in the state of Minnesota.”

Jared Edge, the chief legal officer for Project Veritas, told Breitbart that Mohamed and other ballot harvesters could face heavy penalties for their alleged violations of the law:

“The federal laws, 18 USC §597 and 52 USC §10307(c), are quite clear. In the case of 18 USC §597, it is punishable by up to two years in prison and in the case of 52 USC §10307 it’s punishable by up to $10,000 in fines and up to five years in prison.”

Edge said the Minnesota statute 211B.13(1) prohibits paying a person or receiving money to register to vote or to vote:

“This is a state felony punishable by more than one-year imprisonment.”

Beyond paying voters, there are also state and federal laws regarding intimidation of voters, Edge said:

“The federal laws 52 USC §20511, 18 USC §594, and 52 USC §10307(b) and the Minnesota statue 211B.07 prohibit anyone from using undue influence, threats, intimidation, or fraud to influence a person’s vote or to influence them to vote at all.

“It is also a violation of federal law for anyone who votes for others illegally.

“The punishment under 52 USC §10307(e) also goes up to five years’ incarceration and a $10,000 fine.

“In addition to those statutes, Minnesota has another statute, 211B.11(3), which makes it a misdemeanor to induce or persuade a voter to vote for or against a candidate while transporting the voter to the polls.”

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