Rep. Ilhan Omar’s (D‑Minn.) campaign paid her husband’s consulting firm millions of dollars during the 2019–2020 election cycle, but Omar will be cutting off the firm going forward. After Omar was caught in an affair with political consultant Tim Mynett, her now-ex-husband Ahmed Hirsi asked for a divorce and Mynett divorced his own wife. Omar married Mynett this past March.
“So we’ve decided to terminate our contract with Tim and Will’s firm,” Omar’s campaign announced in an email to supporters, first reported by the Washington Free Beacon. “While many of our close supporters know these two well and have recommended we keep them on — I want to make sure that anybody who is supporting our campaign with their time or financial support feels there is no perceived issue with that support.”
Records from the Federal Election Commission show Omar’s campaign paid Mynett’s firm E Street Group $2.8 million during the 2020 election cycle. The campaign paid E Street Group for digital advertising in payments ranging between $50,000 and $400,000. The campaign also paid the firm $12,000 bimonthly, $38,000 for direct mail, and $44,000 for mail advertising.