Ilhan Omar’s Campaign Paid Her Lover-Turned-Husband $878,000
Over the last two years, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), paid $878,930 to a consulting company run by her husband, Tim Mynett. Filings with the Federal Election Commission show over 100 payments from Omar’s campaign to Mynett’s E Street Group since 2018, ranging from $50,000 payments for “digital advertising” to fundraising consulting and travel expenses.
The New York Post, which first broke the story, also found that Omar paid Mynett’s firm almost $200,000 in March 2020 alone, shortly after their marriage. The payments precede their wedding, showing Omar was also paying Mynett while she was having an affair with him.
The National Legal and Policy Center filed an ethics complaint in 2019 regarding Omar’s relationship with her campaign consultant Mynett, who was then married to another woman. While hiring a family member for a campaign isn’t inherently against the law, Omar and Mynett’s relationship has raised eyebrows.
Omar’s campaign paid Mynett’s firm more than any other client this year, hundreds of thousands of dollars more than their second-largest patron. Back in August 2019, the Washington Examiner suggested that almost a third of Omar’s campaign payments were being made to Mynett.
The New York Post also reported that Mynett had previously told his ex-wife he was “nearly broke,” according to her divorce filings. Now that he’s received over three-quarters of a million dollars from his new wife’s campaign, it’s doubtful that he’s still in such a predicament.
On Tuesday, Omar called for the “dismantling” of the American economy and political systems because they “prioritize profit.” But that apparently hasn’t kept her family from profiting economically off of the same political system she criticizes.
Elle Reynolds is an intern at the Federalist, and a senior at Patrick Henry College studying government and journalism. You can follow her work on Twitter at @_etreynolds.