Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) is caught up in yet another financial scandal related to her campaign funding practices.
Omar has already been brought before the ethics committee for previous campaign finance violations, and now she has more explaining to do.
A New York Post report (via Fox News) showed that Omar’s campaign spent more than $878,000 with Tim Mynett’s political consulting firm.
Paying Hubby Big Bucks
Mynett, for those of you that don’t know, is the man Omar was running around with, allegedly wrecking Mynett’s marriage.
Omar and Mynett eventually came out as a couple and were later married, which leads us to the real problem for Omar.
Just two weeks after their marriage had been announced, Mynett received a check from Omar’s campaign for $189,000.
So far this year, Mynett has received a reported $292,000 from Omar’s campaign.
Now, I don’t know about you, but it sure seems to me that Omar could be using her campaign finances as a personal piggy bank.
It’s Not True!
Omar claims everything is legit, though, but what else would we expect…
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. We were told this is not uncommon and that no, there weren’t.
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) March 17, 2020
White House ethics attorney Richard Painter offered his two cents, stating, “It should not be allowed.
“I think it’s a horrible idea to allow it, given the amount of money that goes into these campaigns from special interests.”
Spouses and other family members and friends working for campaigns is nothing new for either side of the aisle.
Joe Biden made his sister rich during his Senate campaigns, so this seems to be par for the course in our political world and has been for some time.
Until there are laws in place prohibiting this kind of conduct, though, it will be very hard to prove anything illegal is being done.
This is especially true because Omar’s claim of paying the fair market price is accurate, as “consultants” are one of the best ways for politicians to funnel money out of their campaign coffers to friends and family, so they always pay outrageous fees.
I, for one, would love to see what Mynett did for Omar that was worth that kind of paper, though, because I would expect that if and when that little checklist ever shows up, most of us will just shake our heads in disbelief and try to figure out how to become political consultants so we can all get rich too.
Source: Fox News