In a move sure to disappoint right-wing conspiracy theorists, the Federal Election Commission made the rare unanimous decision this week that Congressman Ilhan Omar (D-MN) was in fact did not use campaign cash to help fund her love affair with a Democratic Consultant she eventually married.
The ruling follows a complaint filed by the far-right National Center for Legal & Policy in 2019, alleging that Omar diverted donors’ money for personal use by paying travel expenses for campaign consultant Tim Mynett, whom Omar married in 2020.
Original complaint accused.
Campaign response explode the allegation, which, the campaign’s lawyers wrote, “does not document even a potential violation.” They said the claims were “based on speculation about rank” and were nothing more than “a veiled attempt to harass Congresswoman” in order to “create another journalistic narrative”.
The complaint was predicted almost entirely on one line in a divorce court filing from Mynett’s ex-wife, which stated that “his more recent travel and long hours seem to be related more concerned with his romantic relationship with Representative Omar than with his actual work. commit. ”
While the FEC waived Omar’s legal fees, the commission teach she works with the agency to make corrections to her reports at “if needed” time.
But claimants are not the only ones misappropriating payments. News organization note The campaign paid for their coverage of their affair with Mynett, and their subsequent marriage, and some conservatives smelled of blood.
“On the surface it looks like she used campaign finance to benefit her participants,” said Tom Fitton, head of conservative watchdog Jud Justice Watch, told The New York Post 2019.
“This is tantamount to the course for Ilhan Omar,” says Fitton.
Omar’s love life has long been a haunting spot for right-wing personalities who have accused lies and bigotry—for several years—It was Omar, a Somali refugee and the first naturalized African in Congress, previously married to her brother so he could get a green card.
She has also been the target of relentless anti-Muslims, most recently from colleagues in Congress, including Representative Lauren Boebert (R-CO), who has repeatedly called her a jihadist .
But in the world of campaign finance, it’s been a good week for Muslim members of the Progressive House group known as “The Squad”. FEC also forgiven Ally of Representative Omar Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) of the same allegation.
A lawsuit against Tlaib was also filed in 2019. Earlier that year, Tlaib and Omar were sworn in as the first two Muslim-American women elected to Congress.