Ilhan Omar has been charged by the National Legal and Policy Center with misuse of campaign funds and a complaint has been filed with the Federal Election Commission.
The chairman of the watchdog group, Peter Flaherty, filed an amendment to an already standing complaint against Omar, once it was revealed that she had been using campaign funds to pay her affair partner and finance chief Tim Mynett.
According to reports, “lhan’s campaign paid Mynett’s company more than $369,000 since hiring him in August of 2018 and payments run up until this past September. Nearly $25,000 is labeled as travel expenses, according to records filed to the FEC. ”
Flaherty alleged in the complaint amendment that “‘If Ilhan for Congress reimbursed Mynett’s LLC for travel so that Rep. Omar would have the benefit of Mynett’s romantic companionship, the expenditure must be considered personal in nature.”
He went on to explain that campaign finance laws “prohibit the use of campaign funds for personal expenses collateral to travel…unless personal funds are used to reimburse the committee”
Although Omar has publically denied the allegations of the affair with Mynett, she abruptly filed for divorce from her husband, Ahmed Hersi, in October and the divorce was finalized just 30 days later.
Mynett’s wife also filed for divorce in August, and cited the affair with Ilhan Omar as the reason for the divorce in official court filings, which destroys Omar’s defense.
Flaherty is asking the FEC to launch an investigation to determine if Omar was indeed misappropriating campaign funds to facilitate travel with her lover.