Rep. Ilhan Omar's campaign has paid her new husband's consulting firm more than $1 million so far this election cycle.
Omar, a first-term Minnesota Democrat, last quarter funneled $228,000 to the E Street Group, a Washington, D.C.-based consulting firm run by her husband, Tim Mynett, according to Federal Election Commission records released this week.
The payments, mostly for digital and fundraising services, came after Omar doled out $815,000 to Mynett's company during 2019 and the first quarter of 2020.
- Omar first hired E Street during her 2018 congressional bid.
- The company has repeatedly been her campaign's highest-paid vendor, accounting for 44 percent of expenditures between April 1 and June 30.
- Omar later dismissed questions about the couple's financial ties as "baseless claims and misinformation."
- She did not respond to a request for comment about the payments to E Street, which were the subject of a complaint to the FEC last August.
Omar has also faced scrutiny over a lack of transparency about her two previous marriages, campaign finance violations and a potential violation of House ethics rules regarding the advance she received on her recently published memoir.
According to the latest FEC filings, Omar's Democratic primary opponent Antone Melton-Meaux greatly out-raised her in the second quarter, $3.2 million to $471,000.