House Ethics Committee Opens Investigation Into Iowa Republican

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Rep. Rod Blum has called the investigation a "crusade of personal destruction" by the "radical left".

Iowa Rep. Rod Blum said the “radical left” is waging a “crusade of personal destruction” after the House Ethics Committee began an investigation into the Republican congressman.

“In my case they scream ‘ETHICS VIOLATION!’ over a clerical error on a form. Once this minor error was brought to my attention, I immediately self-reported to the Ethics Committee and apologized,” Blum said in a statement. He said that between 30 percent and 50 percent of all reports reviewed by the Ethics Committee contain errors, data that Roll Call was not able to confirm.

The Associated Press reported earlier this year that Blum failed to disclose his ownership role in a new company, in violation of House ethics rules.

Roll Call noted that one of Blum’s top staffers also provided a false testimonial for the company, praising its services.

Blum was listed as a director of the Tin Moon Corp when it was incorporated in May 2016. One of the services the company offers is helping businesses rebound after Food and Drug Administration safety violations by burying warning letters under positive internet search results. After being questioned about Blum’s role, Tin Moon removed a photo of Blum wearing his congressional pin and changed his title from CEO to “majority shareholder.”

Blum, who faces Democratic state Rep. Abby Finkenauer this fall, is viewed as one of the most vulnerable Republicans up for re-election in November.

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