Rep. Omar’s campaign paid husband’s firm around $2.8M: Report
Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) has paid her husband’s political consulting firm around $2.8 million during this election cycle so far, Fox News reported on Tuesday. The information comes from the Federal Election Commission.
Omar’s office responded to this reporter’s request for comment that she and her staff are out of the office in observance of Veteran’s Day.
The Democratic congresswoman’s campaign reportedly hired the firm of her husband, Tim Mynett, for the purposes of cable advertising, “digital consulting,” video production and editing. Omar easily won re-election last week in her U.S. House district.
From the beginning of 2019 to July 22, 2020, the Minnesota member of “The Squad” paid her husband’s firm, E Street Group LLC, $1.6 million, according to the report. In the third quarter following that, she reported another $1.1 million, with $27,000 reported in the subsequent weeks, Fox News reports.
Apparently, that $1.1 million comprised 70% of her campaign spending that quarter, according to Fox News.
Omar has previously come under fire for paying her husband’s firm. When she married Mynett in March of this year, Omar had already paid his firm $500,000 and was facing scrutiny for it. At the time, she posted a long thread on Twitter where she tried to explain herself and the situation, saying that her campaign began working with Mynett’s firm long before they began seeing each other romantically and that a top FEC campaign attorney okayed their relationship.
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