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Congresswoman Omar has paid husband’s firm more than $800k

New campaign finance data shows that Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D) had paid her own husband’s consulting firm more than $878,000 since 2018. Omar was divorced in March and married Tim Mynett, who was a member of her political consulting team.

The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported that in the first quarter of this year, Mynett’s firm received more than $292,000 from Omar’s campaign for digital advertising, fundraising consulting and research services. In 2019 he was paid more than $500,000.

Omar’s campaign is the biggest client by far of her husband’s firm. According to Open Secrets, one-third of the congresswoman’s campaign cash goes to the firm.

“It should not be allowed,” said Richard Painter, a former White House ethics lawyer. “I think it’s a horrible idea to allow it, given the amount of money that goes into these campaigns from special interests.”

At least one conservative group has taken issue with the arrangement. The Virginia-based National Legal and Policy Center filed a complaint against Omar last year and sought an FEC investigation. If the FEC does investigate, Omar and Mynett would have to provide proof that Omar is paying market-based rates for the services.

The couple was first outed by Mynett’s ex-wife when she claimed Omar was having an affair with her husband in her divorce filing. Omar initially denied the affair.

In March, Omar tweeted that she and Mynett received permission from federal authorities to continue their business relationship.

“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 tweeted.

Jonathan Turley is the chair of Public Interest Law at George Washington University. He called Omar out on Twitter on Wednesday.

“Omar yesterday insisted that we cannot allow people to “prioritize profit without considering who is profiting. That question is now being raised in growing ethical concerns over Omar giving her husband’s company a massive amount of her campaign funds,” Turley tweeted.

A 1960s federal anti-nepotism statute prohibits members of Congress from hiring relatives for government jobs but it does not block family members from doing campaign work. A handful of other members of Congress pay their relatives for campaign advice but non to the tune of $800,000.

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10 Comments

  1. Phil July 9, 2020

    Wouldn’t this be money laundering if they were Republicans?

  2. Jojodmonkey July 9, 2020

    This mooslime ne gaaaah ho should be sent to prison and be deported, her scumbag mooslime family should be deported immediately!

  3. Tony Winters July 9, 2020

    My first question concerning this article is Which Husband? Since it is reported that she married some guy while still married to her brother. I am sure that her husband’s company provided real services to her and or her campaign, of course, $800,000 is pretty expensive Stud Services, you wouldn’t have to pay that much to a racehorse stud farm.
    My next question is when the hell is an investigation going to be started for this waste of skin and the other three morons. There is talk and talk and more talk when the hell is there going to be some action taken?

  4. Gregg Pennington July 9, 2020

    Really ? So what else is new ?!! ?

  5. SHEILA MARQUIS July 9, 2020

    Yes, when is some action going to take place? Furthermore, she and all the others who took oaths to protect our constitution, etc., are doing just the opposite- why are they not being pushed to resign or be tried for treason? ( yeah because congress is mainly dem and they won’t do that) Tired of signing petitions and nothing happening!!

  6. JC July 9, 2020

    OK it isn’t her brother! And why isn’t she in jail or out of office?

  7. Rob July 9, 2020

    The fact that this piece of shit is still in government shows that her constituents are a bunch of idiots. I can’t wait to hear the report of a true patriot knocking her teeth out. Maybe stuffing that do-rag up her ass.

  8. B July 9, 2020

    She is a demarcate, a member of congress, The rest of congress and politicians will do nothing, they do not want it to happen to them !

  9. Fran Holloway July 10, 2020

    In my opinion that is laundering money and that is against the law. Is the money accounted for?

  10. Mako July 10, 2020

    TERM LIMITS! TERM LIMITS! TERM LIMITS! That’s he only thing that will drain the swamp.

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