Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar’s campaign money comprised roughly 80% of the cashflow at her husband’s consulting firm for the 2020 election cycle.
Omar announced her third marriage in March 2020 to political consultant Tim Mynett. The congresswoman funneled 56% of her campaign expenses to Mynett’s firm, E Street Group. In total, Omar spent $5.2 million throughout the 2020 cycle and $2.9 million went to her husband’s firm, per the Federal Election Commission (FEC).
That means Omar’s campaign was responsible for just over 78% of the group’s total disclosed income ($3.7 million) between January 2019 and November 2020, reports the Washington Free Beacon.
E Street’s next largest account is with Washington Democratic Rep. Pramila Jayapal, who spent a paltry $194,000 with the firm. Omar and Jayapal’s money comprised 85% of the payments made to E Street in the 2020 election, per the Free Beacon.
Despite the massive amount of money E Street received last year, the group still managed to secure over $600,000 in COVID-19 relief funds in December 2020.
Although Omar did do business with Mynett before their marriage, her rate of spending with him increased dramatically after they tied the knot. Before March 2020, she had only spent about half a million with E Street, according to Fox News.
“Although these payments are not illegal, that doesn’t make them right,” noted her primary challenger Antone Melton-Meaux in April last year, according to the Associated Press. “Rep. Omar’s decision to keep working with E Street Group without full-disclosure continues to raise legitimate questions about her transparency, integrity, and accountability,” he alleged at the time.
The congresswoman was also subject to an unrelated House ethics complaint last year. The Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust (FACT) filed the complaint against Omar in September 2020 for allegedly “failing to properly disclose assets in violation of House ethics rules and federal law.”