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11/24/2013 11:40 pm ET | Updated Nov 25, 2013

Steve Stockman's Financial Dealings Are A Complete Mystery, Report Shows

Rep. Steve Stockman (R-Texas) has failed to properly disclose his financial dealings as both a candidate and a congressman, the Houston Chronicle reported on Sunday.

A continuing investigation of the representative's campaign finances shows that Stockman has failed to file federally required expense documents since his 2012 campaign; those that he did file were months late and only prompted more questions.

"Presidential Trust Marketing," the business to which Stockman attributed his income in belated reports of his 2012 candidacy, was not listed in any public records, the Chronicle said.

Following an earlier report from the Chronicle on Stockman's botched campaign disclosures, the representative accused the paper of trying to "fluff it up" in a press release, crediting the recent hire of Tim Fleck -- a "left-wing activist" that has been "obsessed with [Stockman] since 1996" -- for the damaging report.

"Fleck once picked up a coral snake and was surprised when it bit him and he had to go to the hospital, so he's not the kind who learns quickly," Stockman said in the early November press release.

The representative has developed a reputation for being a conservative rabble-rouser, accusing Democrats of "curb-stomping veterans" during the government shutdown, and bringing fellow firebrand Ted Nugent as his guest to the 2013 State of the Union address in February.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has expressed her disapproval of Stockman in the past. In an interview with The Huffington Post shortly after President Barack Obama's 2013 State of the Union address, she said her Republican colleague was "eating out of a trash can" before first being elected to Congress in 1994.

"I am more concerned about Steve Stockman being here than Ted Nugent," Pelosi told HuffPost in February. "Ted Nugent will leave. Steve Stockman will still be here."

Check out the Houston Chronicle's full report on Stockman's expenses here.

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