Mitchell Quoted in New York Post About Legalities of Members of Congress Hiring Family for Paid Campaign Work

07 July 2020 News
Partner Cleta Mitchell was quoted in the New York Post article, “Ilhan Omar has paid new husband’s consulting firm $878,000, filings show,” which discussed how U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) has paid her husband’s consulting firm for a variety of services including digital advertising, fundraising and research. The expenditures were based on Federal Election Commission filings.
 
Mitchell told the Post, “There’s a long line of abuses in this regard where members of Congress will hire family members and pay their family members to do ‘campaign work’ in order to supplement the family income.”

 

If the FEC does decide to investigate, the onus will be on Omar and Mynett to prove that the campaign is paying him a reasonable market-based rate and that the arrangement is “not a pretext to fluff up their income,” Mitchell said.

 

“It’s not a good practice,” she added.

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