Rep. Ilhan Omar has funneled nearly $2.8 million to her husband’s political consulting company since the beginning of 2019, according to a report.
Omar’s campaign paid $1.6 million to E Street Group LLC, which is owned by her husband, Tim Mynett, from the start of 2019 to July 22, 2020, Fox News reported Tuesday, citing Federal Election Commission data.
Another $1.1 million was sent to the firm in the third quarter and $27,000 in the following weeks.
The $1.1 million figure represented nearly 70 percent of the $1.6 million that her campaign spent in those three months, the report said.
The expenses were for a range of campaign services, including cable advertising, “digital consulting,” video production and editing, Fox News said.
Omar, a Democrat from Minnesota, easily won re-election last week.
Her campaign and E Street Group did not respond to requests for comment from Fox News.
Omar has defended her expenses and said her campaign worked with Mynett’s firm long before they began a relationship.
“We consulted with a top FEC campaign attorney to ensure there were no possible legal issues with our relationship,” she said in a Twitter post in March, just days after she married Mynett. “We were told this is not uncommon and that no, there weren’t.”
Omar and Mynett married last March.
The Post reported last August that Mynett’s then-wife, Dr. Beth Mynett, claimed in a divorce filing that her husband was having an affair with the Somali-born Omar and declared his love for her.
“The parties physically separated on or about April 7, 2019, when Defendant told Plaintiff that he was romantically involved with and in love with another woman, Ilhan Omar,” the court papers said.
Dr. Mynett went on to claim in court documents that her husband, whose firm assisted other Democratic candidates, met Omar when he worked for her.
The Post reported at the time that Omar had paid E Street Group about $230,000 since 2018 through her campaign for consulting work, digital communications, internet advertising and travel expenses.
Omar filed for divorce from then-husband Ahmed Hirsi in October 2019 as the allegations of her affair with Mynett circulated.
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