by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
As Democratic Reps. Ayanna Pressley (Mass.), Ilhan Omar (Minn.), and Cori Bush (Mo.) rage against capitalism from within the halls of Congress, their husbands bring home the bacon, raking in millions through consulting firms, vineyards, and private security operations. The husbands of the “Squad,” who appear to be friends in their own right, have seen their financial fortunes rise in line with their wives’ political stardom.
Here’s how they did it.
Mr. Ayanna Pressley
Three days before Pressley took office in January 2019, her husband, Conan Harris, left his $92,500-per-year position as public safety adviser to then-Boston mayor Marty Walsh (D.) to launch his own consulting business. A convicted felon who served 10 years in prison for drug trafficking, Harris said he launched his firm to provide him more “flexibility professionally.”
The move has paid off for Harris. By 2021, he more than tripled his annual salary, earning $350,000 by consulting for nonprofits and businesses in the Boston area. Harris in 2022 earned up to $1.05 million from his consulting businesses, according to Pressley’s financial disclosure.
Experts warned at the time that Harris’s transition into consulting could pose ethical problems, as it created the appearance that he was trying to profit off his wife’s political success. But Harris has shown he isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty to bring in business. …
… Mr. Ilhan Omar (the Third)
After divorcing the father of her children and probably marrying her brother, Omar personally saw that her third marriage started on solid financial grounds. Her campaign paid Tim Mynett’s firm just under $3 million from 2018 through 2020 for advertising and fundraising consulting services, with payments beginning as the pair embarked on a secret romantic affair.
Though Omar and Mynett in 2019 initially denied having an affair, the pair ultimately divorced from their respective spouses and tied the knot in March 2020.