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Former Tea Party Congressman Jailed For Felony Election Law Violation

Steve Stockman

Former Texas Republican congressman and Tea Party darling Steve Stockman was arrested on Thursday, and charged with violation of federal election laws, several news outlets reported.

Prosecutors allege that Stockman, who served two non-consecutive terms in Congress from 1995 to 1997 and 2013 to 2015, created a non-profit in Las Vegas called Life Without Limits in 2011 and then funneled thousands in donations made by his employees to himself for personal use. During his second term in office, Stockman accepted one such donation for $350,000.

At an initial hearing on Thursday, Stockman appeared surprised when Judge Stephen Smith told him that he was required to obtain an attorney by 2 p.m. on Friday.

“I’ll have to hustle with that,” Stockman told the judge.

“Yeah, you will. These are serious charges,” the judge said.

Stockman’s bail has been set at $25,000. A conviction could send Stockman to federal prison.

Stockman used to be best known for inviting an Obama-mask wearing rodeo clown to perform in his state and walking out of the former president’s State of the Union address. He left the House after a failed primary challenge against Sen. John Cornyn in 2014.

Now, though, the Ted Nugent pal may wind up being most famous for going to jail.

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