Rep. Ilhan Omar may face legal jeopardy amid allegations that the Democrat lawmaker funneled campaign funds to her married lover.
A Federal Election Commission complaint filed Wednesday by the conservative National Legal and Policy Center claims Omar used tens of thousands of campaign donations to fund the expenses accumulated during her affair with political strategist Tim Mynett, as she reported the expenditure as “travel expenses.”
Omar paid Mynett’s firm $230,000 through her campaign from August 2018 through June 2019 for fundraising consulting, digital communications, and internet advertising.
Her campaign began making payments to E. Street Group for “travel expenses” on April 1. Days later, on April 7, Mynett confessed to his wife that he was “romantically involved with and in love with” Omar, according to a divorce filing Tuesday by Dr. Beth Jordan Mynett.
Between April 22 and June 11, more than $70,000 of that money was transferred in 14 payments to Mynett’s E. Street Group LLC, according to FEC records.
“If Ilhan for Congress reimbursed Mynett’s LLC for travel so that Rep. Omar would have the benefit of Mynett’s romantic companionship, the expenditures must be considered personal in nature,” NLPC states in its complaint.
NLPC Chairman Peter Flaherty warns “this arrangement where Ilhan is paying her lover consulting fees could be illegal if he’s not doing the work.”
“And we’ll be asking the FEC for an investigation to determine the nature and level of his work product,” he told the New York Post Tuesday.
In court filings, Beth Mynett’s questions if her husband’s alleged work travel with Omar was legitimately work related.
“On reflection Defendant’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, averaging 12 days per month away from home over the past year,” the court documents state.
Compensating Mynett’s firm for months during their affair isn’t illegal, but Omar never itemized the $12,673.43 of campaign funds she labeled “travel expenses,” as is FEC law requires, Flaherty explained.
“Our question is whether this was necessary travel or whether she was just bringing her boyfriend along for the company,” he said.
Omar and Tim Mynett have been pictured together on numerous occasions. He accompanied her in March at a CAIR fundraiser where the congresswoman described the 9/11 terrorist attacks as “some people did something.”
Omar, a 37-year-old Somali native and mother of three, is also facing legal jeopardy amid allegations that she committed immigration and tax fraud to conceal evidence of marrying her brother.
Public records show scandal-plagued lawmaker divorced her alleged brother, Ahmed Elmi, in 2017 then legally married Hirsi in 2018.
But Omar jointly filed tax returns with Hirsi for 2014 and 2015 while she was still married to Elmi, a Minnesota ethics investigation confirms. She then compensated an attorney to obfuscate tax fraud. As a candidate for Minnesota state house in 2016, Omar made a $1,500 payment to her lawyer so the campaign committee could independently obtain the candidate’s tax returns and rebut allegations that she married her brother.
Judicial Watch and Omar’s Minnesota colleague, Rep. Steve Drazkowski, are demanding the House Ethics Committee investigate Omar for immigration and tax fraud.
In June, Omar was ordered by the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board to reimburse her campaign finance committee $3,469.23 and a $500 civil fine in June, after the board discovered she violated state campaign finance rules by using her committee’s fund for out of-state-travel expenses.
“Ilhan Omar has already established a lengthy and extraordinary record of legal convictions and fines,” Drazkowski said. “This is a record upon which a House Ethics Committee should begin its investigation. But first, she needs to come forward and tell us the truth. She won’t even identify her own siblings at this stage.”
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