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FEC complaint filed against Omar after affair accusation

Updated: August 28, 2019 06:11 PM

A Federal Election Commission complaint has been filed against Rep. Ilhan Omar after a D.C. woman filed for divorce, claiming her husband — who runs a political consulting business — had declared love for the freshman congresswoman.

The complaint was filed Wednesday by the National Legal and Policy Center.

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It alleges Omar used campaign money to pay for the travel expenses of Tim Mynett, who is a partner with E Street Group, LLC.

Mynett's wife filed for divorce after he told her he was romantically involved, and in love, with Omar, according to a divorce filing submitted to the Superior Court of D.C.

Divorce papers say man left wife after declaring love for Rep. Ilhan Omar

The NLPC's complaint states Omar's campaign paid more than $200,000 to Mynett's company, with more than $20,000 of that going to travel expenses.

"It appears that Respondent Mynett's travel as reported by Ilhan for Congress may have been unrelated, or only partially related, to Omar's campaign," the complaint reads. "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 a personal nature." 

When asked for comment regarding her alleged relationship with Mynett on Wednesday, Omar responded, "I have no interest on commenting on anything you are about to ask about my personal life."

David Mitrani, counsel to Omar's campaign and E Street Group, issued the following statement Wednesday: 

"Our law firm serves as counsel to Ilhan for Congress, as well as to E Street Group. The complaint filed today by the National Legal and Policy Center is nothing more than a political ploy to harm Congresswoman Omar's standing – and just another example of the right wing's attempts to "throw the kitchen sink" at the Congresswoman and her allies. 

"Any accusation made that our clients acted to skirt the law in any way is absolutely false, and completely unfounded. 

"E Street Group provides multiple different services to Ilhan for Congress under an arms-length contract – fundraising, digital advertising and the like. As a part of those services, the principals of E Street Group travel around the country fundraising for the Congresswoman. There is nothing untoward about this, nor anything illegal about it – and the complaint even misstates the law on travel reimbursements (as it is not required for payments to vendors, only for payments specifically to individuals). 

"From this – the complaint is nothing more than blustering to attempt to create the appearance of legal jeopardy, when there is none. The parties have at all times complied with federal campaign finance law."

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