Ethics Committee investigating Rep. Steve Stockman
April 25th, 2014
05:42 PM ET
7 months ago

Ethics Committee investigating Rep. Steve Stockman

Washington (CNN) – The House Ethics Committee is investigating whether Texas Republican Rep. Steve Stockman's campaign committee violated federal reporting requirements.

Stockman revealed the development in a written statement released by his office on Friday.

"My office is aware of and is cooperating fully with the Ethics Committee’s preliminary inquiry into an FEC reporting error," Stockman said, adding that he expected the matter ultimately to be dismissed.

The independent Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) conducted a preliminary review of the matter and decided it merited further investigation by the ethics panel.

The House Ethics Committee has not made any official announcement about its investigation into Stockman, but a report from OCE last week indicated the committee faces a deadline over the weekend for publicly acknowledging how it plans to proceed on a review of one House member.

The conservative Texas Congressman, who has ties to tea party groups, decided to challenge GOP Senator John Cornyn and not run for re-election in the House, but he lost to Cornyn in the primary. Given the slow pace of ethics investigations it's unlikely that any official review will be completed before Stockman finishes his up his term and leaves the House.

In his statement Stockman blamed the error on an accountant who was a "campaign volunteer" and said he removed the person from that position and shut down the campaign committee. He said that because he took early action he was not fined, and noted that since the OCE was created in 2008 over 40 other members for Congress were fined by the FEC for similar reporting violations, including then-Sen. Barack Obama.


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soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Smitty

    Good. Investigate all of them, both parties, start with Obumbles truly an ethics problem. I pray our next pres will be able to at least man up.

    April 25, 2014 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  2. Ol' Yeller

    What the... two republicant congressman having these stories break late on a Friday!?!? And CNN is 'librul'... right!?!
    Corporate media protecting the corporate bought and paid for gop legislatures.

    Heck, I'm surprised we found out at all.

    April 25, 2014 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  3. Gurgyl

    -–in a nation of laws, all republicans are the biggest thieves. Thus the story ended. Sleep, baby, sleep!!!!

    April 25, 2014 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  4. Thomas

    Rick Perry / Chris Christie / Michael Grimm / And now Texas Republican Rep. Steve Stockman !

    Where is Darrell Issa when we need him ?

    April 25, 2014 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  5. Rick McDaniel

    These things usually go no where.

    April 25, 2014 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  6. Marie MD

    A teaklan/repug being investigated for ethics violation. What a surprise. NOT!
    Any word on Bachman?

    April 25, 2014 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  7. Republican supporter of Pres. Obama

    Awesome news. Time to hold them accountable. I will be happy to sign the indictment if there is proof to proceed to a criminal trial.

    Time the excise the cancer.

    April 25, 2014 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  8. Republican supporter of Pres. Obama

    I will pay top dollar to see this guy get called out on national TV. No one is above the law and lawmakers should hold themselves to the highest standard possible.

    April 25, 2014 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  9. don in albuquerque

    Time to take out the garbage. And garbage is using a polite word.

    April 26, 2014 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  10. Lizzie

    Maxine Waters (D) from California has been under ethics investigation for the last 5 years according to Nancy Pelosi, we will drain the swamp.

    April 26, 2014 10:44 am at 10:44 am |