Ilhan Omar Challenger Cicely ‘CC’ Davis Hands Hubby Bradley Ross Ireland Thousands Donor Money

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Rep. Ilhan Omar’s Republican challenger has poured tens of thousands of dollars from his luckless but well-funded campaign into a company owned by her husband, The Daily Beast has found.

In an interview with The Daily Beast, the husband of Republican candidate Cicely Davis confessed that his company received large campaign payments from his wife to defeat Omar in the deeply Democratic district of Minneapolis. Bradley Ross Ireland, who ran a series of struggling bars in Minnesota, said he served as the campaign’s lead graphic designer, a role that earns him $100 to $200 an hour, depending on the exact task he does. ‘He is doing.

“We’ve done everything from branding his campaign, marketing, designing flyers, designing builders, designing literally everything,” he said, acknowledging that he’s currently the sole employee of the company.

The most recent disclosures Davis made with the Federal Election Commission show that his congressional candidacy paid at least $35,475 for “campaign consulting” to a company called “BR, Inc.” with an address in a condominium unit in the Elliot Park neighborhood of Minneapolis. But Minnesota incorporation records show no entity by that name registered anywhere in the state, and the apartment owner told The Daily Beast she had never heard of the company.

However, public records show that Ireland resided in a unit with a different single-digit number to that given for the company on file – and he confirmed over the phone that his company Bradley Ross, Inc. was the company in question. .

The campaign did not respond to repeated questions about why it listed the payments to Bradley Ross, Inc. in this way, or any other questions from The Daily Beast. A voicemail and text messages left at a number listed for Davis went unanswered.

Ireland admitted he had never worked for political campaigns, but maintained he had three decades of relevant experience in marketing and design. He also alleged that he was not the ultimate recipient of all the funds paid to his company, but that he had to pay almost half of the money to billboard manufacturing subcontractors and of t-shirts.

He also claimed he had replaced former graphic designers the campaign had retained, who he said had failed to produce. However, he declined to name those firms and campaign documents show no payment to a graphics firm before the first payment to the Irish firm in April.

“What you need is someone you can trust. What you have with me is someone you can trust to do the job, period,” a he declared.

Campaign finance law does not prohibit candidates from compensating themselves or their family members for services, as long as all payments are at market rates. Earnings reported by Ireland through the campaign far exceed the average hourly wage for graphic designers, which according to the Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics rarely exceeds $40 an hour, even in the most expensive parts of the country.

However, experts said that professional policy sellers often receive a comparable amount.

“It’s not unusual for political design firms to charge so much,” said Jordan Libowitz, communications director for the nonprofit Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. “Whether his job requires that rate is another matter.”

Libowitz called Davis’ decision to retain her husband “not wonderful,” but sadly not uncommon. The campaign could go against regulations if it intentionally obscured the recipient of payments, but Good Government’s lawyer said it was impossible to tell whether the incorrect address and truncation of the business name Irish were deliberate or simply “amateurism” and “negligence”. .”

Representative Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (C) and her husband, Tim Mynett (L), chat with campaign volunteer Brock Spies (R) during the campaign at Richfield Farmers Market in 2020.

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However, the choice is ironic, given online outrage among conservatives over Omar’s own payments to her husband’s consulting firm, Tim Mynett, which led to the failure of a 2019 federal complaint by the National Right-wing Legal & Policy Center.

The former Davis campaign manager has previously raged on social media over Omar’s interfamily spending habits.

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