Former congressman arrested for violating federal election law

Former Texas congressman Steve Stockman (R) was charged on Thursday with “conspiring to violate federal election law,” according to a report in The Hill. If convicted, he could spend time in federal prison for funneling donation money back to himself.

“Prosecutors allege that the former lawmaker conspired with several former employees to funnel hundreds of thousands of dollars for his own use during his second term in office,” according to the report, which noted that Stockman, 60, “often courted controversy” when he served in Congress (from 1995 to 1997 and again from 2011 to 2013).

Stockman created a non-profit organization called Life Without Limits in 2011 and it was reported that, after receiving a $350,000 donation from one individual, he is now being accused of conspiring to move the money back into his own coffers through donations from several former employees of the organization.

“These are serious charges,” Judge Stephen Smith reportedly told Stockman, who was brought into the courtroom in handcuffs.

His bail was set at $25,000.

H/T: The Hill

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