Report: Blum Failed to Disclose Ownership of New Company
‘This is a textbook case of making a mountain out of a molehill for political gain,’ Iowa congressman says

Rep. Rod Blum, R-Iowa, failed to disclose his ownership of an internet company while serving in Congress. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Iowa Rep. Rod Blum failed to disclose his ownership role in a new internet company of which he is one of two directors, according to a report.

Blum was listed as a director of the Tin Moon Corp when it was incorporated in May 2016, The Associated Press reported. 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.

Ratings Change: 5 House Races Shift Toward Democrats
But Democrats are still waiting for wave required to win majority

The good news for Republicans is that the bottom hasn’t fallen out from underneath their down-ballot candidates. The bad news is that there are still nearly three weeks left before Election Day, and 24 hours in each day for Donald Trump to torpedo the party’s chances of holding the House.

District-level polling after the release of the 2005 “Access Hollywood” video and the second debate between Trump and Hillary Clinton showed some vulnerability for Republicans, particularly in suburban districts. But we didn’t see a widespread cratering of GOP candidates in the competitive districts or evidence that the number of competitive seats is increasing dramatically.

GOP Super PAC Doubles Its 2014 Spending
CLF and AAN roll out $4 million in new spending in five districts

The Congressional Leadership Fund is rolling out new spending in Kansas’ 3rd District to protect Rep. Kevin Yoder. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The largest outside conservative spenders on House races are rolling out nearly $4 million in new spending in five congressional districts.

The new spending, shared first with Roll Call, brings the total spending for the Congressional Leadership Fund, the super PAC tied to House Republican leadership, and its sister nonprofit advocacy organization, American Action Network, to twice what the two groups spent in 2014 combined. 

GOP Poll: Rod Blum Leads Monica Vernon in Iowa
Blum has been one of this year's most vulnerable incumbents

Iowa Rep. Rod Blum, right, holds a double-digit lead over his Democratic challenger, according to a new internal poll. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Internal polling from Rep. Rod Blum's campaign showed the Iowa Republican leading his Democratic challenger Monica Vernon 52 percent to 36 percent among registered voters in the Hawkeye State's 1st District. 

Blum's 16-point edge represents an increase from an internal poll from August that showed him ahead 50 to 43 percent.