MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Federal Election Commission has dismissed a 2019 complaint against Representative Ilhan Omar from a conservative group alleging the Minnesota Democrat illegally spent campaign funds on her husband’s political consulting firm.
The complaint from the Virginia-based National Legal and Policy Center asked whether Omar’s campaign paid Tim Mynett’s E Street group for personal travel expenses.
The complaint covers a period from August 2018 to September 2019, when Omar’s campaign paid more than $369,000 to E Street, according to campaign finance records.
Omar announced her marriage to Mynett in March 2020 and she cut ties with her company later that year. She denied any impropriety but said she wanted to avoid a perception of conflict.
In a unanimous decision, the commission found there was no reason to believe that Omar’s campaign “knowingly and willfully violated” federal law or regulation by “converting campaign funds to any use personnel” or “inappropriately reporting beneficiary information”.
Omar is currently serving her second term as a representative for Minnesota’s fifth congressional district. She married Mynett after the two divorces finalized with previous spouses.
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