Ilhan Omar Paid 878G’s to New Husband’s Consulting Firm, Data Show: Report

Grind for March 9th

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The Headline

Ilhan Omar Paid 878G’s to New Husband’s Consulting Firm, Data Show: Report

The Grind

When U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar got remarried in March following her divorce, the MinnesotaDemocrat tied the knot with a man who was a member of her political consulting team.

Now, campaign data show Omar has paid Tim Mynett’s consulting firm a total of more than $878,000 since 2018 – including $189,000 just weeks after the couple announced they were husband and wife, the New York Post reported.

In the first quarter of this year, Mynett’s E Street Group has received more than $292,000 from Omar’s campaign for digital advertising, fundraising consulting and research services, the Star Tribune of Minneapolis reported in April, citing data from the Federal Election Commission (FEC).

The Details

Payments for 2019 totaled more than $500,000, the Star Tribune reported.

Omar’s campaign is her husband’s firm’s biggest client by far, Open Secrets data suggest- with E Street Group receiving about one-third of all the Democrat’s campaign cash, the Washington Examiner reported.

The arrangement is possible because of a 1960s federal anti-nepotism statute that prohibits members of Congress from hiring relatives for government jobs but does not block family members from doing campaign work, a former chief ethics lawyer from the administration of former President George W. Bush told The New York Post. Read more…




No Epidemic

The Headline

CDC Might Stop Calling COVID an ‘Epidemic’ Because of Major Drop in Mortality Rate

The coronavirus mortality rate in the United States has dropped so low that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention may soon stop calling the virus an “epidemic.”

The agency explained last Friday that the COVID-19 mortality rate has dropped so low that “the percentage is currently at the epidemic threshold.”

“Based on death certificate data, the percentage of deaths attributed to pneumonia, influenza or COVID-19 (PIC) decreased from 9.0% during week 25 to 5.9% during week 26, representing the tenth week of a declining percentage of deaths due to PIC,” the agency wrote on its website.

The Details

According to the CDC, an “epidemic” is “an increase, often sudden, in the number of cases of a disease above what is normally expected in that population in that area.” A “pandemic” is an epidemic happening on a global scale.

The CDC’s update is good news.

The media has been stoking panic for weeks over an increase in cases across the Sun Belt, which has been partly driven by record levels of testing.

However, national data show, as the CDC explained, that the mortality rate for COVID-19 has steadily decreased nationwide after peaking in late April. Read more…



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