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Ilhan Omar’s husband received $635k in Covid-19 bailout money for his consulting firm, despite congresswoman paying his company a staggering $2.25M this year alone
- Ilhan Omar’s husband Tim Mynett received $635,000 in Covid-19 bailout money for his consulting firm, according to records
- Mynett co-owns the Washington D.C. firm E Street Group
- The company received $134,800 in Paycheck Protection Program loans and $500,000 for in Economic Injury Disaster loans in April, records show
- E Street Group was also paid $2,256,700 since the start of 2020 from Omar’s campaign for digital advertising, fundraising consulting and website production
- Omar announced in mid-November that her campaign was terminating its contract with the firm after scrutiny about the payments
- She claimed: ‘Tim – beyond his salary at the firm – received no profit whatsoever from the consulting relationship the firm provided’
- DailyMail.com revealed that Omar married the political consultant in March
- Mynett began working for Omar during the 2018 election – which she won by a landslide – while they were both still married
By Mail Online, December 8, 2020
Ilhan Omar’s husband received $635,000 in Covid-19 bailout money for his consulting firm, despite the congresswoman paying his company nearly $2.25 million this year, according to a new report.
Tim Mynett’s E Street Group was given $134,800 in Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans and an additional $500,000 in Economic Injury Disaster loans (EIDL) in April, records show.
Mynett co-owns the Washington D.C. firm, which has also been paid $2,256,700 since the start of 2020 from Omar’s campaign for services that include digital advertising, fundraising consulting and website production, campaign records show.
DailyMail.com revealed that Omar married the political consultant back in March, which sparked scrutiny and a complaint to the Federal Election Commission by a conservative group that alleged campaign funds paid for Mynett’s personal travel.
The FEC has taken no public action on that complaint, and Omar, 38, has said payments to Mynett’s firm were legitimate.
Still, Omar announced in mid-November that her campaign was terminating its contract 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’.
Tim Mynett’s E Street Group was given $134,800 in Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans and an additional $500,000 in Economic Injury Disaster loans (EIDL) in April, records show
Mynett co-owns the Washington D.C. firm, which has also been paid $2,256,700 since the start of 2020 from Omar’s campaign for services including digital advertising, fundraising consulting and website production, campaign records show
Omar wrote: ‘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.
‘And Tim – beyond his salary at the firm – received no profit whatsoever from the consulting relationship the firm provided.’
Omar’s campaign was big business for E Street Group, reportedly paying the firm more than $1.1 million for advertising and consulting in the third quarter of this year alone.
The raw figures 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.’
The revelation raised eyebrows among some who accused the congresswoman – who is frequently a target of criticism from Republicans – of potential conflict of interest.
‘Omar’s campaign chest is looking more and more like a dowry,’ Peter Flaherty, the head of a group which filed a complaint with the FEC over Omar’s spending, told DailyMail.com back in April.
‘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.
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