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Report: Blum “Likely” Broke Several Ethics Rules

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Soon to be former Congressman Rod Blum likely violated several ethics rules in his private business dealings, according to a report released on Monday. The Office of Congressional Ethics began reviewing Blum earlier this year after the Associated Press revealed details of an internet marketing business he owned called Tin Moon Corporation. The company boasted “reputation management” services that could help companies bury damaging information in internet searches. The report found Blum failed to list Tin Moon as an asset and his role as director of the company on a financial disclosure form. Investigators also found that Blum undervalued his stake in the company in an amendment to form that Blum submitted later. The report also found that Blum may have misused House resources by allowing the company to use his official Congressional photo on its website and by posting a fake video testimonial from one of Blum’s Congressional staffers. The report was released Monday by the House Committee on Ethics. Committee leaders aren’t expected to take any further action against Blum, who is leaving Congress after losing to Democrat Abby Finkenauer last month.

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