Freshmen Congress woman Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., continues to dish out six-figure payments to her husband’s firm, which has now received more than $1 million from her campaign this cycle.
Federal Election Commission records released Tuesday afternoon show that Omar’s campaign funneled $228,384.93 last quarter to the E Street Group, a D.C.-based consulting firm run by the congresswoman’s husband, Tim Mynett. The payments, predominantly for digital and fundraising services, bring the total that Omar’s campaign has sent to Mynett’s firm to just over $1 million for the 2020 cycle.
Omar, a freshmen congresswoman, has faced scrutiny over numerous financial and personal issues since she was elected in 2018. She has drawn criticism for a lack of transparency about her previous marriages, over campaign finance violations, and for a potential violation of House ethics rules pertaining to the advance she received on a recently published memoir. Pressed for answers, she has routinely dismissed the inquiries as “smears” and “conspiracy theories.”
Mynett’s firm is the top vendor for Omar’s campaign, which doled out $521,000 between April 1 and June 30 with Mynett’s share accounting for 44 percent of that total.
The financial relationship between Mynett and Omar began before the two announced they were married this March, but it is unclear how long the two were romantically linked before they tied the knot.
A complaint filed with the Federal Election Commission against Rep. Ilhan Omar alleges that the congresswoman illegally used campaign funds to pay for travel expenses for Tim Mynett, the Democratic political consultant whose wife accuses him of having an affair with Omar.
The National Legal and Policy Center, a conservative group, filed the complaint Wednesday alleging that the 5th District congresswoman broke the law by using campaign funds for “romantic companionship” unrelated to her political work.
According to the complaint, Omar’s campaign paid Mynett’s company, E Street Group, thousands of dollars for travel expenses beginning in early April.