Questions Swirl Around $635K in Bailout Money Received by Ilhan Omar’s Husband’s Firm

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It seems like it’s hard to go a week in Washington without hearing about a new corruption scandal from Minnesota Democratic Congresswoman Ilhan Omar.

While the rest of the country focuses on coming together to get through this tough time, Omar appears to have been very focused on how to enrich herself and her family.

The latest uproar comes as it is revealed that the E-Street consulting firm co-owned by Omar’s husband Tim Mynett got millions in funds from her campaign coffers and also nabbed about $135,000 in Paycheck Protection Program money and $500,000 for Economic Injury Disaster Loans that are meant for businesses who’ve been hit hard by COVID-19 lockdowns.

Omar Appears to Have Been Enriching Her Husband Using Her Campaign Funds

An investigation of Omar’s campaign funding showed that her 2020 campaign paid out over one million to Mynett’s firm, including over $110,000 just for “digital advertising.” Federal Election Commission (FEC) filings reveal over $2.8 million was paid to Mynett’s firm between 2019 to July, 2020. The two were having an affair while both married to others, before divorcing and marrying each other last year.

The COVID bailout money received by E-Street is also questionable, since it is intended for small businesses, and Mynett’s firm has up to 50 employees according to publicly available information.

It’s fair to ask why Mynett’s company qualified for these funds while so many other much smaller, less well-connected businesses were going bankrupt and throwing in the towel.

Did Ilhan Omar Break the Law?

At this point it is fair to call for an investigation, but under the information that has been revealed so far Omar did not break the law. The FEC does permit legislators to give work to their family members, despite how shady it looks and how much distrust it creates. There is a strong argument to be made that this law should be changed. After all, we are not living in Somalia.

“We consulted with a top FEC campaign attorney to ensure there were no possible legal issues with our relationship,” Omar had noted this past March soon after tying the knot with Mynett, adding that “we were told this is not uncommon and that no, there weren’t.”

Even though the two ended their work ties last month, the amount of money funneled to his firm and his receipt of such huge COVID bailout funding is highly questionable. Omar has not commented on these most recent revelations.

It’s high time that Omar was investigated.

 

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Omar’s Hypocrisy is Off the Charts

While grandstanding as a “social justice” champion who cares about poor people, Omar has repeatedly demonstrated that she’s a political huckster and hypocrite of the worst type. Not only does she disrespect her own religion by embracing progressive ideals that are directly against the Muslim faith for political points, she also routinely engages in the kind of self-dealing that has brought Congressional approval levels to record lows.

It’s fair to ask how many businesses who really needed bailout money were passed over because Omar’s husband’s cushy DC consulting firm wanted a handout. The kind of pandering progressives who pay lip service to the working class while vacuuming up hundreds of thousands in public relief funds are truly a drain on society and the economy.

While Omar can’t stop railing about Republicans and saying insane things like “cancel rent and mortgage payments” she appears to have no problem skimming from taxpayers and taking advantage of the United States when it enriches her and those close to her.

A thorough investigation into Ilhan Omar and her financial and political dealings needs to start as soon as possible.