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March 24, 2014

Mullin refutes ethics inquiry

CLAREMORE —

An anonymous complaint about Congressman Markwayne Mullin’s involvement in his business has prompted a House Ethics Committee inquiry.
Mullin, who was elected in 2012 as Oklahoma’s 2nd District congressman, owns Mullin Plumbing in Broken Arrow. 
The Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) has been meeting with Mullin since August 2013 about the anonymous complaint.
When he arrived in Washington, Mullin said he met with the House Ethics Committee, who made several recommendations which he could implement concerning his personal involvement in his business.
“In November 2012, they gave us recommendations. They said they had never dealt with a member like us,” Mullin said in a telephone interview with the Claremore Daily Progress Monday morning.
Among the recommendations were:  that Mullin hire a CEO for his company, place the ownership of his Oklahoma City company in his wife's name and change a number on the company's red service vans, he said.
“We had our CFO and CPA meet with the House Ethics Committee for hours and hours,” he said.
However, the Office of Congressional Ethics, a sub-group of the House Ethics Committee, is making its own inquiry based on the anonymous complaint. The OCE’s investigation results will be sent to the full House Ethics Committee for consideration.
These type of ethics inquiries take as little as two months or as long as two years, Mullins said.
He said the OCE was to release its documents on the inquiry on Monday, but will not provide the specifics of the complaint.
“They say it is confidential,” Mullins said.
“This review — based on an anonymous complaint — is referring to whether we want citizen legislators or just professional politicians making laws that impact our jobs, our families and our communities.” Mullin said in a prepared release from his office.
Since his election, Mullin has personally appeared in numerous television commercials for Mullin Plumbing. 

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