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The vast majority of controversial Minnesota Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar’s most recent reelection campaign expenditures this year have gone to her husband’s political consulting firm, amounting to millions of dollars.
According to her campaign filings, which were released on Thursday, Omar funneled an additional $1.1 million to E Street Group, which is owned by husband Tim Mynett. That brings her total payments to the firm to $2.7 million for the current election cycle, the Washington Free Beacon reported, citing current campaign expenditure data.
Those payments to Mynett’s political consulting firm amount to nearly 70 percent of the $1.6 million Omar’s campaign paid out between July 23 and Sept. 30.
The disbursements have reportedly gone to cover ads, consulting, travel, and production expenses.
Omar has been steadily feeding her husband’s consultancy firm with campaign contribution funds all summer. By late July, her campaign had paid $1.7 million into E Street Group since August 2018.
The self-rewarding payouts likely helped fuel an August 2019 Federal Election Commission complaint that at least some funds previously disbursed were improperly used for travel.
On April 1, for instance, the Omar campaign began paying E Street Group for “travel expenses.” But days later, on April 7, Mynett confessed to his now-ex-wife that he was “romantically involved with and in love with” Omar, according to a divorce filing by Dr. Beth Jordan Mynett, the Daily Caller reported.
In her filing, Beth Mynett said that her then-husband’s “more recent travel and long work hours now appear to be more related to his affair with Rep. Omar than with his actual work commitments.”
According to FEC records, the Omar campaign paid out $21,547 to cover E Street Group travel expenses across eight payments dating from April to June.
The timing of the travel and the announcement of the Omar-Mynett affair raised campaign finance suspicions, according to an FEC complaint filed by the National Legal and Policy Center.
“If Ilhan for Congress reimbursed Mynett’s LLC for travel so that Rep. Omar would have the benefit of Mynett’s romantic companionship, the expenditures must be considered personal in nature,” the complaint said.
The legal group said that use of campaign funds for personal travel are prohibited unless the candidate reimburses the campaign with their own personal funds.
“Rep. Omar’s filings do not reveal subsequent reimbursements for Mynett’s travel,” the filing said.
The two had been pictured together at various events around the time the affair became public.
Omar is also facing a House ethics complaint regarding rules in relation to a financial advance she received for her memoir for her failure to initially list details of her book deal on required disclosure forms for lawmakers.
House members are not allowed to receive book advances but are permitted to earn royalties based on sales.
In a separate report from Sept. 30, the Free Beacon noted that published reports stated Omar’s book deal was valued at between $100,000 and $250,000. However, she made no mention of the deal on a 2018 and 2019 financial disclosure reports.
The alleged failure to disclose formed the basis of a complaint filed with the House Ethics Committee by the Foundation for Accountability and Civil Trust, which stated, “Federal law requires a member’s financial statement provide a ‘full and complete statement’ of their financial picture, and omitting a significant financial benefit would be a violation of federal law.”
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