Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar got married. Again. To the boyfriend she swore up-and-down she wasn’t involved with.
The Minnesota lawmaker tied the knot this week with her fundraising chief, Tim Mynett.
“Got married!” Omar announced on Instagram Wednesday evening. “From partners in politics to life partners, so blessed. Alhamdulillah.”
So, why did she lie last year about not being in a romantic relationship with him? The thing that deserves the most scrutiny is the fact that Mynett’s firm has made a lot of money in the last couple of years doing consulting work for his new wife.
The E Street Group, where Mynett has served as a partner since July 2018, received its first payment from “Ilhan for Congress” in August of that year in the amount of $10,000 for “fundraising consulting,” according to Federal Election Commission filings.
The payment came just seven months before Omar and Mynett were first spotted together and just five days before she won her primary, as my Washington Examiner colleague Tiana Lowe notes. In fact, the E Street Group collected more than $52,000 in the process of helping Omar win Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District, which seems a bit overgenerous considering she did not need much help winning a D+26 district.
Other payments since then include $52,700 in December 2019 for “digital advertisement” as well as another $25,000 that same month for “digital advertisement.”
By fall 2019, a full 40% of Omar’s campaign spending was being funneled into E Street Group. To put it into a clearer perspective, “more than half of every dollar earned by Mynett’s firm in the entirety of its existence came from Omar’s campaign,” Lowe notes.
In total, “Ilhan for Congress” has paid the E Street Group more than $580,000 since the fall of 2018 for consulting, advertising, and fundraising. That is more than a half a million dollars that are commingled with Rep. Omar’s personal finances through marriage.
Good work if you can get it!
I do not know about you, bet I am getting serious flashbacks to when another socialistic Democratic freshman was caught mixing campaign funds with a romantic interest. Remember that?
During the 2018 election, Democratic New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s campaign made several payments to Brand New Congress LLC for “strategic consulting.” A separate entity, Brand New Congress PAC, then made payouts to Ocasio-Cortez’s boyfriend, Riley Roberts, who is billed as a “marketing consultant,” according to FEC filings. Rounding out this unethical mess is the fact that both the LLC and the PAC, which carried Ocasio-Cortez’s campaign to victory, were co-founded by her campaign chairman and former chief of staff, Saikat Chakrabarti.
Quite odd for freshmen who entered Congress on the promise of combating corruption in the nation’s capital. They’ve made themselves very much at home in the swamp, it appears.
Author: Becket Adams
Source: Washington Examiner: Omar’s campaign has paid more than $500K to her new husband’s consulting firm