Texas Republican Steve Stockman May Face FEC Probe

Stockman (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Outgoing Rep. Steve Stockman may face legal action from the Federal Elections Commission over failure to pay back political donations after his loss to Sen. John Cornyn in the Texas Republican Senatorial primary.  

Stockman reportedly received $5,000 from House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's political action committee, earmarked specifically for use in the 2014 general election, not the primary. But since Stockman did not win his Senate primary and will not be running again for his House seat, FEC rules require that he return the money before he dissolves his campaign committee.  

Stockman was sent two letters by the FEC last week noting that he cannot terminate his campaign arm, Friends of Congressman Steve Stockman, until he settles up. "Since the candidate is not seeking office and will not participate in the general election, any contribution received for the general election must be returned to the donors," the FEC letter reads, according to the Houston Chronicle . "Although the Commission may take further legal action, your prompt action to refund these contributions will be taken into consideration."  

The letter adds to Stockman's legal woes. He has already faced a number of questions over his campaign finances and is the subject of an Ethics Committee investigation.