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 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.