A firm co-owned by Rep. Ilhan Omar’s (D-MN.) husband, Tim Mynett, received over $500,000 in COVID-19 bailout funds in addition to the millions they got from the Minnesota Representative’s campaign.
Fox News reports that the political consulting firm the E Street Group received “nearly $135,000 in Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans and $500,000 in Economic Injury Disaster loans.”
This, on top of the nearly $2.8 million Mynett’s firm received from Omar’s 2020 campaign, according to Federal Election Commission (FEC) data.
According to reports last month, Omar’s campaign paid her husband’s company for a vast array of services such as “cable advertising, ‘digital consulting,’ video production, and editing.”
The question arises – Why would a firm whose tasks can almost exclusively be completed online need COVID relief funds, especially when they’re being paid handsomely by one of the co-owners wives and her campaign?
— Kevin Corke (@kevincorke) December 7, 2020
Ilhan Omar, Whose Husband Was Getting Thousands From COVID Relief Funds, Complained Money Isn’t Going to the Little People
As conservative filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza pointed out, “Apparently, being married to Ilhan Omar is a lucrative business.”
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Not lucrative enough though, if his firm is seemingly in dire need of relief funds meant for small business owners struggling to make ends meet during the pandemic.
You know, the same little people Omar complained that just days ago were not getting the money …
Negotiating months on end, while the average person hasn’t been able to pay their bills is cruel. Prioritize relief for people.
Percent of wages currently subsidized by governments due to COVID:
France: Up to 84%
United Kingdom: Up to 80%
Canada: Up to 75%
United States: 0% https://t.co/SVs1rgyVxq
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) December 4, 2020
“Negotiating months on end, while the average person hasn’t been able to pay their bills is cruel. Prioritize relief for people,” she tweeted, distraught over the lack of movement on stimulus money and bailouts.
Some social media viewers didn’t look too fondly on Mynett appearing to abuse the system for his firm’s benefit.
Well she’s learned one thing about capitalism. It works for politicians in Washington.
— Rick Thorn (@GoldenEagle1968) December 7, 2020
Others were none-too-impressed with the level of hypocrisy coming from the Minnesota Democrat herself.
Name a worse—slimier, yet somehow actually dumber—politician than Ilhan Omar. pic.twitter.com/uw1KXVUaUJ
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) December 7, 2020
Omar Tried To Cut Ties
Shortly after reports had outed Omar’s campaign for funneling millions to Mynett and his firm, the congresswoman reportedly cut ties with the E Street Group.
In an email to her supporters, Omar wrote that her campaign was terminating its contract with the firm in order to “make sure that anybody who is supporting our campaign with their time or financial support feels there is no perceived issue,” according to the Star Tribune.
Ilhan Omar’s husband received $635k in Covid-19 bailout money for his consulting firm https://t.co/20JzVRvoKp
— Daily Mail US (@DailyMail) December 7, 2020
Omar insisted for quite some time that her campaign sending funds to her husband’s firm were perfectly acceptable.
This is what happens when rightwing Twitter trolls are treated as authorities on campaign law.
Let’s clear the air.
1. The gov’t doesn’t fund my campaign. Grassroots donors do.
2. Everything we spend is used for a legitimate expense and paid at fair market value. (Thread) pic.twitter.com/pjBwtfDykz
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) March 17, 2020
Controversy seems to follow Omar with nearly every move she makes.
Last year, the Tribune reported on documents raising questions as to whether she previously married her own brother as a means to “skirt immigration laws.”
In January, Fox News correspondent Trace Gallagher indicated investigations by the Department of Education and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) involved allegations of “perjury, immigration fraud, tax fraud, student loan fraud, and possibly bigamy.”
Omar easily won re-election in November.
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