Accuracy in Media

On Tuesday, the New York Post reported that Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) is at the top of a new controversy in a high-profile and very public divorce.

In recently revealed court documents, Beth Mynett, who was once married to Omar’s top campaign consultant, Tim Mynett, uncovered that Tim had been unfaithful to her and has been engaging in an extramarital “affair with the Somali-born US representative.”

Beth, “although devastated by the betrayal and deceit that preceded his abrupt declaration, Plaintiff told Defendant that she loved him, and was willing to fight for the marriage.” According to the court documents, the “Defendant, however, told her that was not an option for him” and moved out the next day.

Although the extramarital affair controversy will continue to loom until it’s resolved in DC’s superior court, high dollar payments from Omar’s campaign to her newfound lover’s firm, “E Street Group” continue to be spent.

According to the Washington Examiner, “Of the $145,406 reported earnings by the E Street Group during the 2018 cycle, $62,674 came from Omar’s campaign.” While looking into the data, it shows that, “From Labor Day through the end of the year, E Street Group ate up more than 10 percent of her campaign’s spending (not counting transfers to other campaigns).”

More importantly, the Federal Elections Commission finance data filed by Rep. Omar’s campaign shows the majority of Omar’s funds spent on Mynett’s consulting firm were paid after she had won the contested primary and during the noncompetitive general election. What the Washington Examiner highlighted was, “Contrary to FEC rules, Omar’s filings did not designate whether her E Street Group disbursements were for the primary election or general election.”

Not only is this high profile divorce of a prominent doctor and a campaign consultant owner sitting in DC’s superior court, however, the love affair and misrepresentation of campaign funds prove to be a potential legal issue all in itself for the freshman US Representative.

Twenty-four-hour news organizations from print, digital and television picked up the latest on Ilhan Omar, however, much of mainstream media didn’t pick up this piece.

The latest article from CNN and latest video reporting from MSNBC on Omar was when she was banned from entering Israel due to her history of praising Palestine and speaking anti-Semitic tropes.

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