FILE - U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar

U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn.

Campaign finance records show that Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-MN, paid her alleged lover Tim Mynett and his LLC, E Street Group, about $230,000 for fundraising consulting, digital consulting, Internet advertising, and travel since 2018.

A divorce filing obtained by The New York Post claims that Omar had an affair with Mynett.

The National Legal and Policy Center Chairman Peter Flaherty told The Center Square that they filed a complaint with the Federal Election Committee after Mynett’s wife alleged an affair between Omar and her husband.

“That allegation was made by Mynett’s wife,” Flaherty said. “In the course of that, we noticed that her campaign was paying for his travel. His wife said that his travels were more related to his affair than his work.”

Omar’s reelection campaign filed $21,547 in travel expenditures for Mynett since April.

“Defendant’s more recent travel and long work hours now appear to be more related to his affair with Rep. Omar than with his actual work commitments,” the divorce filing reads.

Omar’s filings show eight lump sum expenditures totaling $12,673.43 paid to Mynett’s LLC labeled only as “travel expenses,” which violates FEC rules that travel expenses be itemized because of prior travel expense abuse, Flaherty said.

“When you travel using campaign funds, you’re supposed to identify the vendors: hotels, airlines, etc.,” Flaherty said. “They didn’t do that.”

Flaherty said a criminal investigation penalties could result in a substantial fine.

“The appearances are not good here,” Flaherty said. “You have a married member of Congress who purports to be an observant Muslim, using campaign money to travel with her boyfriend who’s also married.”

Omar spent a majority of that sum after she overcame her opponent in the primary with a 48/30 margin on Aug. 14, 2018.

Then Omar spent $132,082 on “fundraising consulting” from Sept. 5, 2018, to April 1, 2019, an average of $18,868 per month.

Judicial Watch’s Tom Fitton told The Post that the group planned to file a complaint with the Office of Congressional Ethics.

Omar told WCCO’s Esme Murphy on Aug. 27 that she had "no interest in allowing the conversation about my personal life to continue."

Omar was hit with a $500 fine in June for improperly using campaign funds to travel to a conference in Florida.

Flaherty’s complaint may not be addressed until President Donald Trump nominates new FEC commissioners who are then confirmed by the Senate, according to The Center for Public Integrity.

Former FEC Vice Chairman Matthew Peterson’s resigned on Aug. 27, which left the group under the four-commissioner limit required to reach a quorum.

Staff Writer

Scott McClallen is a staff writer covering Michigan and Minnesota for The Center Square. A graduate of Hillsdale College, his work has appeared on Forbes.com and FEE.org. Previously, he worked as a financial analyst at Pepsi.