Ilhan Omar’s husband gets over $1 million in payments from campaign in 2020
A campaign watchdog group says that Rep. Ilhan Omar’s newest husband continues to be the largest beneficiary amongst firms paid by her reelection campaign for Congress.
“In forms filed with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) on Monday,” reports the National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC), “Omar reported that another $228,111 was paid to the E Street group, owned by Tim Mynett who she married in March after denying for months that the two were having an affair.”
NLPC says that E Street primarily does online fundraising. The firm’s haul would be approximately one-third of the total $686,271 spent in the quarter.
Omar took heat for previously denying any romantic relationship with Mynett who also recently divorced his spouse as Omar divorced her husband, Ahmed Hirsi. In August of last year, NLPC filed a complaint alleging that Omar used campaign funds to pay for the personal travel reimbursement of Mynett.
“It appears that … Mynett’s travel as reported by Ilhan for Congress may have been unrelated, or only partially related, to Omar’s campaign,” said the complaint.
“If Ilhan for Congress reimbursed Mynett’s LLC for travel so that Rep. Omar would have the benefit of Mynett’s romantic companionship, the expenditure must be considered personal in nature,” NLPC added.
“Taxpayers funded her campaign. Now they’re funding her marriage. How is this not an FEC violation” tweeted Turning Point Action founder Charlie Kirk.
Over the 2020 election cycle, Omar has paid Mynett’s firm over $1 million out of $3.8 raised. The campaign has a little over $1 million in cash on hand.
“As far as the nuptials,” said Peter Flaherty, Chairman of NLPC, “I think this event underscores the problems we cited in our complaint. You have a member of Congress paying a close friend and now-husband the bulk of her campaign spending.”
Thus far the Federal Election Commission (FEC) has taken no action against Omar.
While some federal office-holders pay family members for services to their campaign, the scale of Omar’s spending with her husband’s firm dwarfs other practices.
“Opensecrets found that at least 14 current members of Congress have disbursed more than $15,000 each in wages to family members from their reelection committees,” says the campaign finance website about the 2020 election cycle.
The biggest beneficiary outside of Omar is Maxine Waters’ (CA-D) daughter, who has been paid $187,500 for campaign mailing services.
NLPC notes that while it’s not illegal to hire relatives for legitimate campaign work, if the money is used for the personal benefit of the candidate, then that would qualify as an illegal conversion of the money.
Omar is being challenged by new-comer Democrat Antone Melton-Meaux in Minnesota’s August Democrat primary.
Melton-Meaux raised $3.2 million in the second quarter compared to $471,000 by Omar, in light of the riots and violence in Minneapolis that seems to have dispirited Omar’s base.
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