This just keeps getting juicier and juicier.
Yesterday, PJM’s Tyler O’Neil informed us of a divorce filing that named Rep. Ilhan Omar as “the other woman.” Today, the Daily Caller reports that the National Legal and Policy Center has filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission alleging that Omar used campaign money to illegally fund the travel of her boyfriend — during her extra-marital affair.
Omar’s campaign has disbursed $223,000 to Tim Mynett’s company, E. Street Group, LLC, from August 2018 through June 2019, mostly for fundraising consulting, FEC records show. But on April 1, her campaign began making payments to E. Street Group for “travel expenses.”
Beth Mynett said in her filing that her husband’s “more recent travel and long work hour snow appear to be more related to his affair with Rep. Omar than with his actual work commitments.”
Campaign money can be spent on just about anything. But to fund the travel of your married boyfriend so you can be together on those long, lonely nights on the campaign trail?
“If Ilhan for Congress reimbursed Mynett’s LLC for travel so that Rep. Omar would have the benefit of Mynett’s romantic companionship, the expenditures must be considered personal in nature,” NLPC said in its complaint.
The NLPC noted that FEC regulations prohibit the use of campaign funds for personal travel unless the candidate’s personal funds are used to reimburse their campaign.
“Rep. Omar’s filings do not reveal subsequent reimbursements for Mynett’s travel,” the NLPC stated.
It’s not the first time Omar has been in hot water with campaign finance regulators:
Omar, 37, was fined $500 by the Minnesota campaign finance and public disclosure board in June and ordered repay her campaign just under $3,500 for using campaign funds to travel to a conference in Florida.
It should be noted that Omar is technically still married:
Omar has been married twice to her current husband, Ahmed Hirsi. The Daily Mail reported in July that the pair had split and were headed for a second divorce.
The Minnesota Democrat denied that she was separated from her husband or dating somebody during an interview Tuesday with CBS Minnesota.
“No, I am not,” Omar said. “I have no interest in allowing the conversation about my personal life to continue and so I have no desire to discuss it.”
Democrats can always get away with having an affair because, ostensibly, Republicans who cheat would be hypocrites for promoting “family values” or something.
I guess devout Muslims aren’t interested in “family values,” ergo, Omar is not a hypocrite. Or something.
Frankly, this business of peeking into the bedrooms of our lawmakers is unseemly in a republic. Omar could be banging anyone and what would it matter to us?
Except when she breaks the law, she should pay the price — and not just a slap on the wrist from the FEC. Her constituents have the final judgment and in November 2020 should vote accordingly.