Steve Stockman Subject of Ethics Investigation, Steve Stockman Reports
Posted at 6:24 p.m. on April 25, 2014
The Ethics Committee is supposed to release the name of a member under investigation in the coming days. But even if the committee remains mum, we now know the identity of the unnamed member, thanks to the Houston Chronicle.
Stockman, with pencil, spilled the beans. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)
Rep. Steve Stockman, who has faced a number of questions surrounding his financial disclosures and campaign finances is, according to the Houston Chronicle, the member at the heart of a new investigation from the House Ethics Committee.
On Friday, the Texas Republican told the Chronicle that his office was “aware of and is cooperating fully with the Ethics Committee’s preliminary inquiry into an [Federal Election Commission] reporting error.
“I thus join 34 of my colleagues who have also been the subject of an Office of Congressional Ethics review in the 113th Congress, and am confident the Ethics Committee will ultimately dismiss the matter after it completes a careful review,” Stockman said.
The Houston Chronicle reported last year that two Stockman staffers were fired in October for making prohibited contributions to the campaign last year.
From the Chronicle:
Stockman spokesman Donny Ferguson told the Chronicle then that Jason Posey and Thomas Dodd had been terminated from Stockman’s House office.
Posey had worked with Stockman since the mid-1990s, and was his 2013 campaign treasurer. In April 2013, he filed a report to the FEC that falsely attributed three donations totaling $7,500 to a relative, Donnie Posey, in Mississippi, and another three, also totaling $7,500, to Dodd’s mother.
Then, in October, Posey filed an amended report disclosing that he and Dodd actually had made the contributions originally attributed to their respective relatives, FEC records show.
In that report, Posey explained that the six contributions were wrongly “attributed to family member(s) as a result of miscommunication with accounting about joint charitable donations and other family/personal funds.” Three days later, Posey reported that the contributions from him and Dodd “have been refunded in full as the corrections may have deemed them not permissible.”
Posey was replaced as treasurer of the troubled campaign committee in January. Stockman, in December, announced he would not seek reelection in the Texas 36th Congressional District and would instead challenge Sen. John Cornyn in the Republican primary, a bid he lost in March.
“The Federal Election Commission reporting error was committed more than a year ago by an accountant who was a campaign volunteer,” Ferguson said in a statement released Friday. “Rep. Stockman caused the mistake to be corrected more than six months ago, less than a week after he became aware of it. The accountant responsible for the mistake was removed from his position and the campaign committee has since been closed.”