July 21, 2020

USA: Democrat Congressman Ilhan Omar A Refugee From Somalia Who Claims She Is Oppressed In America Paid Her Husband’s Consulting Firm Nearly $900,000 Since He Began Working For Her In 2018

Daily Caller
written by Chris White
Wednesday July 8, 2020

Rep. Ilhan Omar has plowed hundreds of thousands of dollars into her husband’s consulting firm over the past two years, financial records show.

The Minnesota Democrat’s campaign paid Tim Mynett $292,814 in 2020 for advertising and research services, among other consulting measures, Federal Election Commission filings show. The New York Post was the first to report Tuesday on Omar’s contributions, which show she has paid Mynett’s firm $878,930 since 2018.

Omar’s payments prompted one ethics complaint in 2019 after Beth Mynett, Tim Mynett’s then-wife, accused Omar in her divorce filing of having an affair with a married man on her consulting team. The Democrat was married to her second husband at the time of the accusations.

Omar argued in March that “rightwing Twitter trolls” are dredging up her past for political purposes. “Everything we spend is used for a legitimate expense and paid at fair market value,” she told her Twitter followers that month.

Legal experts argue that the FEC’s rule allowing lawmakers and candidates to hire family members on campaigns should be changed.
“It should not be allowed,” Richard W. Painter, who served as chief ethics lawyer in the George W. Bush White House, told the Post Tuesday.

He added: “I think it’s a horrible idea to allow it, given the amount of money that goes into these campaigns from special interests.”

Beth Mynett said in her divorce filing that Tim Mynett claimed he was “nearly broke” due to his “floundering business.”

“There’s a long line of abuses in this regard where members of Congress will hire family members and pay their family members to do ‘campaign work’ in order to supplement the family income,” Cleta Mitchell, an expert in political law, told the Post.

If the FEC investigates the contributions, then Omar must provide evidence that her campaign is offering her husband a market-based rate, according to Mitchell.

Omar’s office has not responded to the Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment.
The Washington Free Beacon
written by Joe Schoffstall
Tuesday July 14, 2020

Rep. 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. Omar denied the two were romantically involved, but Mynett's then-wife alleged in divorce papers that the two were having an affair.

Omar refused to answer questions about her relationship with her campaign's top vendor. "I have no interest in allowing the conversation about my personal life to continue and so I have no desire to discuss it," she said last year. Her earliest payment to Mynett's firm came in August 2018, during her first run for federal office.

The newly released filings also show that Omar's Democratic primary opponent, Antone Melton-Meaux, drastically outraised her in the second quarter, bringing in $3.2 million to Omar's $471,000.

Omar's campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the payments.

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