Monday, November 18, 2013

Ethical lapse for NASA's Congressman

This is just what NASA needs, their Congressman mired in ethical lapses and unable to raise campaign funds. Maybe the real Republican Party will put up a reasonable challenger to this lunatic. From the Sunlight Foundation:

By reattributing the source of some $15,000 in campaign contributions from relatives of congressional staffers to the staffers themselves, the campaign of Rep. Steve Stockman, R-Texas, has raised more questions--and a potential violation of campaign finance laws--than it has answered. 

Federal election law prohibits contributions from government employees to their employers, including members of Congress. Violators face fines and potential prison sentences of up to three years.

I don't think this is a simple "oops" moment for the campaign. Both violations, knowingly donating money under someones name other than your own, is a very serious offense. If the staffers donated their own money, over the $2500 limit and reported it as coming from relatives or others, that can be a very serious violation, and that is what this looks like.

They also note that Stockman hasn't been the cash magnet:

Despite his outspokenness, his campaign has had trouble raising enough money; as of its most recent filings, it listed $163,010 in debts and obligations.

Wow. That means if the Republican Party wants to take back their party, they have a chance right here in teabag county. I hope they do.

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