Thursday, June 12, 2014

Taking Stockman Of His Situation

Texas Republican congressman (and impeachment fanatic) Steve Stockman has an ethics problem and may have broken campaign laws.  Shocking, I know.

Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX) may have violated federal law and House rules when he accepted campaign donations from two of his congressional staffers, the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) said Wednesday.

OCE announced in a press release that it had sent a referral in March to the House Ethics Committee recommending further investigate a number of allegations, including that Stockman made false statements and "endeavored to impede" OCE's investigation.

According to OCE, Stockman accepted campaign contributions from two congressional staff members in February 2013. The campaign's subsequent campaign finance reports identified the donors as family members of the employees. Stockman also allegedly was paying those two staff members full-time salaries when they were only doing part-time work.

In the end it doesn't matter too much as Stockman lost his bid to primary Sen. John Cornyn earlier this year and is retiring from the House at the end of the year anyway, but it would be nice if Stockman actually faces some fines or worse for breaking the law.

We'll see.

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