Congresswoman Omar continues to pay large campaign funds to her husband's firm

Omar's campaign paid the company more than $292,000 so far this year

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Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar in July 2019
Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar in July 2019
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Updated: April 16, 2020 - 11:08pm

The campaign of Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., paid more than $292,000 in the first quarter of 2020 to E Street Group, according to Federal Election Commission filings. According to Omar, the man who is now her husband helped found E Street. 

Omar announced her marriage to Tim Mynett in March 2020. Mynett is a partner at the company according to his LinkedIn profile. The congresswoman's campaign has previously worked with and paid E Street in the past. Her campaign spent more than $500,000 with the company in 2019.

A group lodged a Federal Election Commission complaint in 2019 relating to travel expenses after Mynett's then-wife claimed there was an affair between her husband and Rep. Omar but the Star Tribune reports that there has been no public action in response to that complaint and Omar and Mynett had denied the affair allegation.

According to the Star Tribune it is not illegal for someone to hire their spouse to work for a federal campaign.

Omar in March publicly addressed her relationship with Mynett and the E Street Group, noting that "a substantial portion is for digital buys, print and advertising which are costs that get passed on."

She said shed does not believe the payments create a legal problem.

 

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