FEC rejects campaign financing complaint against deputy Ilhan Omar

FEC rejects campaign financing complaint against deputy Ilhan Omar

Omar is currently serving her second term representing Minnesota’s fifth congressional district. She married Mynett after the two finalized divorces with previous spouses. “Once again, the FEC has shown that it’s ineffective in policing corruption,” said Peter Flaherty, chairman of the National Legal and Policy Center, said in a phone interview Friday. “We feel it was a meritorious complaint and they should have taken more appropriate action.” “We have found true happiness together. He is my light and is an incredible father to our blended family,” Omar wrote in November of 2020. “And while I won’t comment more on our personal life than that, I can assure you that every interaction our campaign had with the folks on his team, were allowed under federal law.”

In a unanimous decision, the commission found there was no reason to believe Omar’s campaign “knowingly and willfully violated” federal law or regulations by either “converting campaign funds to personal use” or “improperly reporting payee information.” Omar announced her marriage to Mynett in March of 2020, and she severed ties with his firm later that year. She denied any impropriety but said she wanted to avoid a perception of conflict.

The commission urged Omar’s campaign to work with the FEC to update its reporting if needed. The complaint from the Virginia-based National Legal and Policy Center questioned whether Omar’s campaign paid Tim Mynett’s E Street Group for personal travel expenses. The complaint covers August of 2018 to September of 2019, when Omar’s campaign paid more than $369,000 to E Street, according to campaign finance records.

In a 2020 online essay, Hailer defended his firm’s work for Omar, writing that her personal relationship with Mynett began “long after our work for Ilhan started” and that FEC rules allow for family members to work for campaigns so long as they provide “a bona fide service” and that payments reflect a fair market value of those services. E Street Group was cofounded by Mynett and Will Hailer, both alumni of Attorney General Keith Ellison’s office when Ellison represented the Fifth Congressional District. Hailer was one of the first to reach out to Omar when Ellison announced his bid for state attorney general in 2018.

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