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Murray, of the Government is Not God PAC, said he got a call soliciting donations for Stockman but “I was so furious he was throwing away that congressional seat, I dressed them down pretty good.”

The anti-tax Club for Growth has shunned him - after spending around $5.5 million to help Cruz upset mainstream Republican contender David Dewhurst in the state’s 2012 U.S. Senate GOP primary.

Since making it back to Congress, Stockman has thrived on shock-value publicity, claiming “Democrats worship abortion with the same fervor the Canaanites worshipped Molech” and offering supporters a campaign bumper sticker reading, “If babies had guns, they wouldn’t be aborted.” A Stockman campaign website suggesting that Cornyn secretly supports the White House-backed health care law even doctored what appears to be an old picture of then-Florida Gov. Charlie Christ beaming at the president to make it look like Cornyn was the one doing so.

But investigations by The Houston Chronicle and the watchdog Sunlight Foundation have uncovered a bevy of potential violations of Federal Election Commission rules. In October, Stockman fired two congressional staffers for making prohibited contributions to his campaign.

Some tea party groups maintain that Stockman can still rally. “I know that Steve has gotten hit from multiple sides,” said Larry Ward, political director of the Revolution PAC in Washington, “but that wouldn’t be happening if he weren’t a serious threat.”