Ilhan Omar Has Now Funneled Over $1 Million to Her New Husband's Firm
Radical Democrat is pumping campaign cash into Tim Mynett's company, records show
Radical-left Democrat Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) is continuing to funnel campaign cash into her new husband's firm, with the latest six-figure payments pushing the total to over $1 million in this cycle alone, new records show.
Federal Election Commission records released this week show that Omar's campaign funneled $228,384.93 to the E Street Group last quarter.
E Street Group is a D.C.-based consulting firm run by Rep. Omar's new husband, Tim Mynett.
The payments are predominantly listed as being for digital and fundraising services.
The latest records mean Omar's campaign has now sent more than $1.1 million to Mynett's firm since August 2018 for the 2020 election cycle.
Omar was previously accused of using campaign cash to fund her ex-martial affair with Mynett when the pair was still married to their previous spouses.
Omar’s campaign spending with E Street Group in the second quarter of 2020 accounted for about 44% of its total expenditures, according to the Washington Free Beacon, which first reported the FEC filing Wednesday.
Omar has faced considerable scrutiny over her payments to Mynett’s firm since August 2019, when it was first reported that she was allegedly having an affair with the consultant while both were still married to other people.
The congresswoman continued paying Mynett’s firm for consulting services despite receiving an FEC complaint by the conservative National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC), which argued that the payments were being used illegally to further their affair, according to The Daily Caller.
The NLPC’s complaint focused on $21,547 in travel expenses Omar’s campaign disbursed to E Street Group beginning April 1, 2019, which closely aligned with an accusation by Mynett’s ex-wife in a divorce filing that he had confessed on April 7 to being “romantically involved” with Omar.
Mynett’s ex-wife, Beth Mynett, said in her divorce filing that her husband’s “more recent travel and long work hours now appear to be more related to his affair with Rep. Omar than with his actual work commitments.”
The NLPC argued in its complaint that Omar’s travel payments to E Street Group “must be considered personal in nature” if it was used to benefit the alleged affair between Omar and Mynett.
Both Omar and Mynett divorced their respective spouses by the end of 2019, all the while denying they were having an affair.
But on March 12, the couple announced they had tied the knot after their relationship was exposed by The Daily Mail.
Omar responded to criticism of her campaign’s payments to her husband’s firm later in March, saying she pays fair market value for E Street Group’s services.
"My relationship with Tim began long after this work started,” Omar tweeted.
"We consulted with a top FEC campaign attorney to ensure there were no possible legal issues with our relationship.
"We were told this is not uncommon and that no, there weren’t.”
Omar added that at any one time more than eight employees from E Street Group could be doing work for her campaign ranging from ad creation, mailers, fundraising, and political support.
NLPC CEO Peter Flaherty wrote Wednesday that while it is not illegal for members of Congress to pay family members through their political campaigns for services rendered, “the scale of Mynett’s compensation from the Omar campaign is unprecedented.”