by Frank Holmes, reporter
Rep. Ilhan Omar. D-M.N., has been the focus of a dirty sex and money scandal for months. The far-left congresswoman has funneled millions of dollars to a firm that just happens to be run by her husband.
Omar just took action to limit the damage the outrage by cutting off the circular cash flow… right after she gave her hubby’s business the largest payment to date.
FEC records show that, during the last election cycle alone, Omar steered $2.8 million to the E Street Group, LLC. It’s owned by Tim Mynett, her husband. The pair tied the knot in March, a few months after Mynett’s ex-wife, Beth, filed divorce papers saying that Tim and Rep. Omar had been having an affair.
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The two had already had a longtime financial relationship as shady as their allegedly steamy personal affair. As Omar had been sighted with the married Mynett, setting tongues wagging throughout the capital, she spent higher and higher shares of her campaign donations on his consulting fees. There was a $12,000 fee every two months, plus checks for direct mail, advertising, and production.
All said, Omar spent nearly three million dollars on Mynett’s services in the most recent election cycle. As of June 30, donors gave Omar $2.6 million—and she pumped $1.04 million back into her husband’s business—40% of all the donations she received at that time.
That’s not necessarily illegal, as long as she paid him a competitive rate and didn’t pad his bottom line too much. But it skirts the law. It lets Omar enrich herself on donors’ money, and it makes her moer liable to corruption. Imagine someone wanted to bribe Omar, so he donated to her campaign—knowing that 40 cents out of every dollar will end up in private bank accounts controlled by Omar or her husband.
The socialist congresswoman finally brought the charade to an end—or, at least, said she did—in an email to her supporters.
“So we’ve decided to terminate our contract with Tim and Will’s firm,” the email, which the Washington Free Beacon obtained, said. “While many of our close supporters know these two well and have recommended we keep them on—I want 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.”
She decided to have one last blowout before cutting financial ties. FEC filings show the last recorded payment she made to her husband’s business came on July 22, 2020. But Mynett’s E Street Group LLC got a whopping $404,338.75 on July 7 for “digital advertising”—by far the largest payment listed in FEC filings this cycle. Call it a going away present.
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And the last line of her email leaves the door open to her resuming the payments once she’s certain her donors have no “perceived issue” with her lining her own nest with their money.
Omar has already primed the pump for cutting new checks to the family business, claiming that the funds just represent business as usual in D.C. “I don’t pay my husband,” she said. “I pay the firm to do work…and so what we do is that we have this firm really carry out the contractual work that we do with other vendors.”
For now, she’s hoping to put the tawdry affair behind her, and she and an expanded group of House socialists wield more power on Capitol Hill. A very public series of sex and money scandals has embarrassed the congresswoman, who was born in Somalia.
Ilhan married her first husband, Ahmed Hirsi, in 2002, a marriage that lasted six years.
Shortly after that divorce, Ilhan married her second husband, Ahmed Nur Said Elmi—a British national many people believe is her biological brother. Critics say she married him to help ease his immigration to the United States.
But by 2012, Ilhan had set up house with Hirsi and filed joint tax returns with him—while she was still legally married to Elmi. (That pair didn’t divorce until 2017.) Filing joint tax returns with anyone other than the man on your wedding certificate violates Minnesota state law.
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Meanwhile, Mynett’s wife says Omar was having an affair with Tim Mynett, who was Omar’s campaign advisor and is now her third husband in her fourth marriage.
The finances are as messy as her love life. Omar has had to return $2,500 in speaking fees, which violated campaign finance rules—because it opens the congresswoman up to charges of bribery or influence-peddling, just like funneling campaign donations back into her husband’s bank account.
The Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board has also slapped Omar with thousands of dollars in fines after a complaint said Omar used campaign funds to pay her private attorney for “for services related to the marital dissolution” of her marriage to Elmi.
The media have given allegations of Omar’s public financial corruption even less coverage than her anti-American and anti-Semitic outbursts, which reporters have downplayed as much as possible.
Now, Omar hopes her email will make the whole thing disappear. But we won’t forget—and neither should you.
Frank Holmes is a veteran journalist and an outspoken conservative that talks about the news that was in his weekly article, “On The Holmes Front.”