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.