Ilhan Omar Pumped Millions in Campaign Cash to Husband's Firm, Federal Filings Show
Democrat's campaign money accounted for 80% of all payments to husband's company
Money pumped from Rep. Ilhan Omar's (D-MN) campaign made up the vast majority of the payments her husband's consulting firm received during the 2020 election cycle, Federal Election Commission filings have revealed.
E Street Group, which is partially owned by Omar's husband, Tim Mynett, earned a staggering $2.9 million from Rep. Omar's 2020 campaign, making up most of the total of $3.7 million earned in political spending from all candidates.
Radical Democrat Omar's campaign contributed 78 percent of the total campaign funds received by the E Street Group between January 2019 and November 2020.
"Every dollar that was spent went to a team of more than 20 that were helping us fight back against attacks and organize on the ground and online in a COVID-19 world," Omar claimed in a campaign email.
Prior to that, however, Omar pushed back against the idea of cutting ties with the E Street Group, despite the potential optics of impropriety.
In September she told the New York Times that breaking off ties with her husband's firm would be a "stupid thing to do."
"You don’t stop using the service of people who are doing good work because somebody thinks it means something else," Omar said in an interview with the NYT.
However, Omar's payments to Mynett's firm massively dwarfed all other payments to E Street Group from the company's entire client list of prominent lawmakers combined.
"Omar's campaign was by far its biggest moneymaker, doling out 146 checks for $2.9 million, or 78 percent of the firm's payments," the Washington Free Beacon reported.
"Its second biggest cash source was Omar mentor Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D., Wash.), whose campaign provided $194,000.
"The two combined for 85 percent of the firm's payments."
Federal Election Commission records show that E Street Group has also worked with "The Young Turks" founder Cenk Uygur, Rep. Debra Haaland (D-NM), Rep. Veronica Escobar (D-TX), and Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), as well as the Democratic National Committee.
The E Street Group is a D.C.-based political consulting firm owned by Omar's husband and his partner Will Hailer.
E Street Group describes itself as: "Progressive political consultants working with candidates and causes to tell authentic stories — constantly innovating, motivating and inspiring donors to give, people to vote, and neighbors to mobilize."
In November, Omar pledged to sever ties with her husband's political consulting company after she was re-elected in the heavily Democratic 5th District.
Omar said her campaign was terminating its contract with E Street Group to "make sure that anybody who is supporting our campaign with their time or financial support feels there is no perceived issue with that support," the Star Tribune reported.
However, before cutting ties, her campaign paid E Street Group $138,000, Fox News reported.
Omar's relationship with Mynett surfaced in August of 2019 when Dr. Beth Jordan Mynett told the New York Post that her then-husband was having an affair with the then-married congresswoman, who was also her client.
Omar and Mynett denied that they were having an affair at the time of the accusations.
Omar was still married to her then-husband Ahmed Abdisalan Hirsi at the time of the allegations, who she was married to on two different occasions.
In March of 2020, Omar and Mynett announced their marriage in an Instagram post.
Mynett is Omar's third husband.
"My relationship with Tim began long after this work started," Omar wrote on Twitter on March 16, 2020.
"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.
"As a family, we are committed to the practice of joy, compassion and love in our politics.
"And we are giving ourselves the permission to be happy and hope others will as well."