According to a new report from Dailymail, Ilhan Omar’s campaign is set to pay her new husband’s consulting company roughly double what they did last year.
DailyMail reports congresswoman Ilhan Omar is on track to pay her new husband’s company nearly double the half million dollars she funneled his way last year, new figures obtained by DailyMail.com show.
In the first three months of this year Omar paid more than $290,000 to the E Street Group, a fundraising and consulting group run by Tim Mynett, who she married last month.
If she continues at this rate it will mean the company would get a whopping $1.16 million from Omar’s campaign in 2020. It received a total of $523,000 for the whole of last year.
‘Omar’s campaign chest is looking more and more like a dowry,’ Peter Flaherty, the head of a group which has filed a complaint with the FEC over Omar’s spending, told DailyMail.com.
‘Most candidates for federal office keep a close eye on their vendors to make sure they aren’t being overcharged, but with her being married to her chief fundraiser the incentive may be the other way round as the money spent is going directly to the family.
‘Basically, her campaign finance disclosures read more like a wedding registry where friends can make gifts to the happy couple,’ added Flaherty, chairman of the conservative National Legal and Policy Center.
The raw figures, released late Wednesday by the Federal Election Commission, show that Omar’s campaign committee, Ilhan For Congress, paid E Street a total of $291,059.91 between January 1 and March 31.
That includes regular monthly payments of $67,000, broken down as $50,000 for ‘digital advertising,’ $12,000 for ‘fundraising consulting’ and $5,000 for ‘digital consulting.’
She had been paying the lower two figures through much of her time in Congress, but only started paying the $50,000 figure on a monthly basis in December, soon after both she and Mynett got divorced.
The other $102,000 is for expenses for items such as travel, postage and campaign merchandise.
Omar’s spokesman did not answer specific questions that DailyMail.com put to him regarding the figures, instead pointing to a series of tweets that Omar made last month about her marriage to Mynett and his work for her campaign.
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Per TCO, Public records show Ilhan Omar’s campaign is her new husband’s biggest client. This has led to quite a bit of speculation and criticism from conservatives.
Omar took to Twitter last month to defend their business relationship.
My husband Tim was Keith’s national fundraiser for a decade – raising millions of dollars across the country to support Keith – and is an expert in the business.
My relationship with Tim began long after this work started. We consulted with a top FEC campaign attorney to ensure there were no possible legal issues with our relationship. We were told this is not uncommon and that no, there weren’t.
As a family, we are committed to the practice of joy, compassion and love in our politics. And we are giving ourselves the permission to be happy and hope others will as well.
It’s disappointing that reporters would rather amplify the baseless claims and misinformation of rightwing Twitter instead of talking to actual experts on the law.
This is everything wrong with media coverage in 2020.
FreeBeacon reports Rep. Ilhan Omar (D., Minn.) and new husband Tim Mynett—who is also her campaign consultant—are downplaying the campaign cash the freshman lawmaker funneled to his consulting firm. But campaign records show that Omar’s campaign has been by far the firm’s biggest client, funneling more than half-a-million dollars to the group in the 2018 and 2020 election cycles, almost half of all the money the company took in from federal candidates.
Omar and Mynett announced their marriage last Wednesday after vigorously denying they were engaged in a romantic relationship.
Now Omar’s campaign and Mynett’s firm, the E Street Group, a campaign consultancy for progressives, are defending their professional relationship from critics who have charged that Omar broke the law by improperly using campaign money for personal travel—in particular, to reimburse Mynett’s travel from California to Washington, D.C., to visit Omar.
Mynett’s business partner, Will Hailer, swatted down those criticisms, arguing that Omar is one of the group’s run-of-the-mill clients. “On any given day, eight or more people could be touching her account at some point, between design, digital ads, social media, email content creation, high-dollar fundraising, political support, and many other things that we provide for the campaign,” Hailer told the Washington Post. “Similar to what we provide for countless other clients across the country.”
A review of campaign finance records, however, found that the firm has just 17 clients and that Omar has been the firm’s largest for the entirety of its existence. During the 2018 cycle, Omar paid the E Street Group $62,674 for fundraising consulting and was one of just four of the firm’s campaign clients. Omar, who has spent $523,443 in total on the group’s services in the 2020 campaign cycle, remains the firm’s largest political client, according to data from the Center for Responsive Politics.
The E Street Group began operations in 2018 and brands itself as a team of “progressive political consultants working with candidates and causes to tell authentic stories.” The group brought in a total of $145,406 in its first cycle and $1,285,994 so far this cycle. The pair have also launched a separate project, estreet.co, which markets itself as a “group of creative-minded hype agents working with start ups, non profits, breweries, vineyards and more.”
Aside from Omar, E Street Group’s largest political client this cycle has been MATH PAC, a pro-Andrew Yang super PAC that spent the large majority of its money on media purchases, including $475,993 through the E Street Group. Other clients include failed California congressional candidate Cenk Uygur, who spent $6,800 with E Street Group, and about a dozen other liberal candidates and committees.
Hailer and Mynett did not respond to an inquiry into whether Omar remains E Street Group’s largest client.