Rep. Ilhan Omar won a second term in the House of Representatives, but questions have arisen over the $2.8 million paid to her husband’s political consultancy firm over the course of the 2019-2020 election cycle.
According to Federal Election Commission records, the majority of the money went into digital advertising provided by her husband Tim Mynett’s E Street Group, costing between $50,000 to $400,000.
The Minnesota lawmaker also paid $12,000 bimonthly sums to her husband’s firm. Other lofty expenditures included a payment for over $38,000 for direct mail and over $44,000 for mail advertising and production.
Mynett, who was previously married, worked on Omar’s campaign during the 2018 midterm election cycle and began an affair with the Minnesota Democrat, who was also married at the time. Mynett and his wife, according to a divorce filing, wound up separating by April 2019 and divorced that December. Last March, Omar and Mynett married.
Questions previously arose about the campaign’s filings back on June 30 when FEC records showed that the E Street Group took in $1.04 million of her $2.59 million in operating expenditures, which meant that 40% of every dollar contributed to Omar’s war chest ended up in the bank account of her husband’s firm.
Omar’s payments to Mynett’s firm triggered an ethics complaint back in August 2019 after Mynett’s former wife alleged in the divorce filing that he had his affair with Omar while working as a paid consultant. Omar was married to her second husband at the time.
Author: Kerry Picket
Source: Washington Examiner: Ilhan Omar paid husband’s firm $2.8M during 2019-2020 election cycle