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The House Ethics Committee announced Friday that Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-Okla.) will have to repay $40,000 to his family plumbing business following a roughly five-year investigation.
Mullin was cleared of the majority of the allegations against him, which included violating House rules by receiving $600,000 in earned income from Mullin Plumbing West Division in 2014, appearing in advertisements for the company and serving on its board of directors.
The article goes on to state the following:
In 2014, House rules banned members from taking in more than $27,000 a year in outside “earned income.”
The Ethics Committee said the Oklahoma Republican made a “good faith effort” to seek guidance in complying with House rules in regard to the business.
“The Committee did determine that an accounting error led Representative Mullin to inadvertently fail to fully follow part of the Committee’s advice,” the Ethics report reads.
“Committee staff advised Representative Mullin to transfer ownership of a company to his spouse. Representative Mullin transferred the ownership, but the company failed to terminate an automatic disbursement process. That mistake led Representative Mullin to personally receive $40,000 from the company in 2013, despite his lack of ownership.”
— Oklahoma Newswire (@OKnewswire) August 10, 2018
Also the Ethics Committee has decided to clarify that members shouldn’t appear in advertisements and such for their companies — Mullin apparently got somewhat different guidance from committee staff regarding his plumbing companies pic.twitter.com/ufAQ8XsoII
— Erica Werner (@ericawerner) August 10, 2018
— K Tully-McManus (@ktullymcmanus) August 10, 2018
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