Rep. Ilhan Omar, a Minnesota Democrat, continues to push campaign cash to a firm run by her alleged boyfriend, filings show.
Omar’s new committee filings submitted Friday morning show that between Oct. 1 and Dec. 31, 2019, her committee made $215,000 in additional payments to the E Street Group, a firm run by political consultant Tim Mynett, Omar’s alleged boyfriend. The payments were reported as going toward consulting, direct mail, research services, travel expenses, advertisements, and graphic design.
The new payments mark another increase in money funneled to the firm. Mynett’s group is yet again the highest-paid vendor from Omar’s campaign.
The committee reported hauling in $403,000 in individual contributions while disbursing $404,000 over the last three months of 2019. The $215,000 paid to Mynett’s group for its services accounts for 53 percent of the total disbursements from the campaign during this time.
Over the first three quarters of 2019, Omar’s campaign paid out a total of $310,000 to the E Street Group. Accounting for the fourth-quarter payments, Mynett’s firm collected a total of $525,000 from Omar’s campaign in 2019.
Omar’s campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the payments.
Dr. Beth Mynett, Mynett’s ex-wife, said in divorce papers filed last year that her husband was having an affair with Omar.
“The parties physically separated on or about April 7, 2019, when defendant told plaintiff that he was romantically involved with and in love with another woman, Ilhan Omar,” the papers said.
“By way of example, days prior to defendant’s devastating and shocking declaration of love for Rep. Omar and admission of their affair, he and Rep. Omar took the parties’ son to dinner to formally meet for the first time at the family’s favorite neighborhood restaurant while plaintiff was out of town,” the papers said. Rep. Omar gave the parties’ son a gift and the defendant later brought her back inside the family’s home.”
Omar has evaded questions on the situation while Mynett has denied allegations of an affair. The pair, however, has been spotted together on numerous occasions.
The Daily Mail reported last year that Omar and Mynett are living together. The Washington Free Beacon also spotted the two together last November at the posh Mandarin Oriental hotel in Washington, D.C., during a secretive gathering of the Democracy Alliance, a liberal millionaire and billionaire donor club, where they were mingling with other attendees.
(Reporting by Joe Schoffstall)
- Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn, claps alongside Tim Mynett at an event in Austin, Texas, in May 2019.: Screen grab