Rep. Maxine Waters paid her daughter over $183K from her 2018 campaign funds. This is the second time she’s been caught enriching her with campaign funds. In 2018 the National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC), an election ethics watchdog reported that the same daughter was paid over $750K from her mother’s campaign since 2004 and the complaint was filed with the FEC.
Per the NLPC, for the latest (2018) Waters reelection, the Citizens for Waters report to the Federal Election Commission from Dec. 11 lists $183,022 in debt to her daughter Karen Waters, who is in charge of distributing “slate mailers. In other words, since 2004, the campaign has paid the Waters’ daughter almost $1 million, not bad.
With Slate mailers, other candidates messages are included in the mailings that Waters sends to her potential voters.
In 2018 the National Legal and Policy Center filed a complaint about Waters’ payments to her daughter and a slew of other violations:
Whereas candidates like Harris may legally pay Waters’ campaign for the proportional costs of their inclusion on her slate mailer, it is not legal for such payment to be made by a third party like the DSCCC.
Waters’ slate mailers have been a matter of controversy for years. They resemble a sample ballot distributed by political parties before and during elections but contain Waters’ personal endorsements. She pioneered a new way to use slate mailers by seeking an Advisory Opinion from the Federal Election Commission in 2004 that allows her to use her federal campaign to also function as a State of California slate mailer committee while still maintaining eligibility as a principal federal campaign committee.
The main beneficiary of the slate mailers appears to be companies controlled by Waters’ daughter Karen Waters, which have received hundreds of thousands of dollars to produce the mailers.
Critics have charged that Waters’ slate mailers are a way to evade contribution limits. The Complaint alleges that the DSCCC payment was not legal under the Advisory Opinion. The Complaint further alleges that the DSCCC payment was made for purposes of influencing a federal election, making it a coordinated communication, well in excess of contribution limits. In addition to a request for an investigation of these apparent violations, NLPC asks for an audit of Waters’ campaign committee.
Sadly, even if Waters is found to have violated campaign laws by the FEC, it is doubtful that breach of ethics will affect her vote totals. She is a Teflon hater. For example, in 2010, Waters was brought up on three separate charges by her colleagues in the House, even after then-Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) warned her against getting involved in advocating for a bank in which she had a financial interest.
The panel said Waters, who sits on the Financial Services Committee, broke a House rule requiring members to behave in a way that reflects “creditably” on the chamber. The committee said that by trying to assist OneUnited, she stood to benefit directly, because her husband owned a sizable amount of stock that would have been “worthless” if the bank failed.
The committee also accused Waters of violating the “spirit” of a House rule prohibiting lawmakers from using their positions for financial gain, as well as a government ethics statute banning the dispensing of “special favors.”
She avoided those charges by throwing her grandson under the bus. The left-wing Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington included Maxine Waters in their 2009’s Most Corrupt People in Congress thanks to the One United scandal.
That was her third time earning that dubious recognition. Waters was included in CREW’s 2005 report for using “her position financially benefit her daughter, husband, and son. Rep. Waters’ family has earned a total of more than $1 million in the last eight years through business dealings with companies and issue organizations Rep. Waters has assisted.” And in 2006 for the same reason (but gives new examples). In 2011 Waters won their big Kahuna. She wasn’t named one of the most corrupt people in Congress, but the absolute most corrupt person in Congress.
Despite the corruption, Maxine Waters has never received less than 70% of the vote in her southern California district.
It’s ironic that Waters who keeps on calling for the impeachment of President Trump is the corrupt one, not the POTUS