U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar severed the relationship with her husband’s political firm after the lucrative contract faced increasing scrutiny from conservative watchdogs.
The progressive Minnesota Democrat sent out an email Sunday, informing supporters that her campaign was ending its contract with E Street Group to “make sure that anybody who is supporting our campaign with their time or financial support feels there is no perceived issue with that support.”
Omar and E Street Group LLC owner, Tim Mynett, were married in March of 2020. Her campaign has paid nearly $2.8 million to the firm since the beginning of 2019.
“Every dollar that was spent went to a team of more than twenty that were helping us fight back against attacks and organize on the ground and online in a COVID-19 world,” Omar wrote. “And Tim — beyond his salary at the firm — received no profit whatsoever from the consulting relationship the firm provided.”
The newlywed’s financial ties sparked a conservative group to file a complaint with the Federal Election Commission, which alleged that campaign funds were being utilized for Mynett’s personal travel. While the FEC has not publicly taken action about the complaint, Omar defended herself in multiple posts on Twitter in March.
“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,” she posted. “We were told this is not uncommon and that no, there weren’t.”
She lashed out at “Twitter trolls” after conservative activist Charlie Kirk questioned how taxpayers “funding her marriage” was not an FEC violation.
“Let’s clear the air,” she posted. “1. The gov’t doesn’t fund my campaign. Grassroots donors do. 2. Everything we spend is used for a legitimate expense and paid at fair market value.”
A spokesman for the National Legal and Policy Center, the group that filed the FEC complaint, feels that “Congresswoman Omar is attempting to clean up a mess we laid out in our complaint.”
Omar, a member of the four-person progressive congresswoman group known as “the Squad,” was recently re-elected after easily defeating her Republican challenger in the heavily democratic 5th District of Minnesota.
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