Seventy-five percent of the so-called “squad” has now been under investigation for alleged campaign finance violations, either at one point during their tenure or currently.
Rashida Tlaib was the latest to find herself under investigation, but Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar has been a recurring character.
Back in June, Ilhan Omar was ordered to reimburse her campaign $3,500 after an investigation from the Minnesota Campaign Finance Board found she illegally used campaign funds in 2016 and 2017, and soon-after she was hit with an FEC complaint in late August for allegedly using her campaign to illegally reimburse the travel expenses of political consultant Tim Mynett. There was alleged to be $230k in questionable expenses to Mynett at the time.
Now it turns out that’s not all. According to the New York Post:
Omar paid another $150,000 to Mynett’s political consulting group in the three months after The Post first revealed allegations the pair were romantically involved, records show.
The 37-year-old Minnesota congresswoman’s campaign has funneled $146,712.63 to Mynett’s E Street Group since The Post in August reported allegations she was having an affair with her paid consultant, records show.
That brings the grand total of allegedly improper payments to a whopping $370,000.
Luckily for Omar, the FEC needs at least four commissioner spots filled to vote on complaints, and currently only have three.
When they do eventually have the four needed for a vote, I doubt they’ll find “some people did something” to be a valid defense.