Ilhan Omar’s campaign finances raise questions

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Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar’s political campaign continues to spend money on a firm owned by the man she’s alleged to be having an extramarital affair with.

Omar’s campaign disbursed about $146,713 to Tim Mynett’s ‘E Street Group LLC’ between July and September. The payments were primarily for digital advertising, consulting services, and about $3,000 were payments for “travel expenses.” Before that, from August 2018 to June 2019, her total spending with the firm was $223,000. About 30% of Omar’s spending in the third quarter went to Mynett’s firm, according to The Washington Free Beacon.

In April, Mynett’s wife’s divorce filing alleged that he had admitted to having an affair with the congresswoman. Around the same time, Omar began reporting payments for E Street Group’s travel expenses. Mynett’s “more recent travel and long work hours now appear to be more related to his affair with Rep. Omar than with his actual work commitments,” the divorce filing stated.

Omar faces a Federal Election Commission (FEC) complaint alleging she illegally used campaign funds to pursue a romantic affair with Mynett, The Daily Caller reports. Her attorneys dismissed the complaint, calling it a baseless “political ploy.”

Omar denied that she was having an extramarital affair in an interview in late August. “Are you separated from your husband? Are you dating someone?” asked WCCO reporter Esme Murphy. “No, I am not,” Omar replied. “And like I said yesterday, I have no interest in allowing the conversation about my personal life to continue.”