The New York Post reported today that the consulting firm co-owned by Congresswoman Ilhan Omar’s husband was paid nearly $635,000 in COVID relief, at a time when millions of small businesses went into bankruptcy and even more Americans were left unemployed. Tim Mynett was alleged to be having an affair with Omar for nearly two years while they were both married to other people. Eventually, Mynett and Omar married this March after Omar’s then-husband, walked in on them having a romantic encounter, confirming his earlier suspicions that she had been cheating on him.
Over the course of a year and a half, Federal Election Commission records detail a massive payout of nearly $2,800,000 to Mynett’s firm, with almost the entirety coming from Omar’s campaigns for Congress. The Post also reported in July that very soon after the two former lovers married in March, Omar paid his consulting firm nearly $200,000 for additional work.
Despite earning several million dollars over just a year or two, Mynett’s company, E Street Group LLC., was paid $134,800 in federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funds, as well as $500,000 in Economic Injury Disaster loans. In that same time period, less-politically connected business struggled to fill out the complicated paperwork, and many went under, costing millions of Americans their jobs in a time of great economic uncertainty.
After receiving nearly $635,000 in taxpayer funds, Mynett’s political consulting firm was paid an additional $1,600,000 from Omar’s campaign, as well as $27,000 more several weeks later.
In a lengthy Twitter thread from March intended to rebut the mounting criticism of her relationship with her top consultant, Omar stated, “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.”
Fox News reported last month that Omar fired Mynett in mid-November through an email to her supporters, but not before paying him an additional $138,000. She still denied any wrongdoing, but many think it was an attempt to stop criticism of their tangled personal and professional relationship. She has so far not responded to the New York Post’s request for comment.