California Democrat Congresswoman Maxine Waters has paid her daughter almost $1.2 million since 2004, with the younger Waters receiving an additional six figures payment during the 2022 election cycle.
According to a report from Fox News, California Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters continues her lengthy pattern of funneling campaign donations to her daughter to operate a profitable enterprise throughout the 2022 election season, earning the younger Waters additional six figures.
A Fox News Digital investigation of Federal Election Commission documents, unveiled that Karen Waters received $192,300 from her mother’s campaign to keep her “slate mailer” operation running between January 2021 and December 2022. Outside campaigns pay Waters’ campaign to appear on slate mailers, also known as endorsement mailers, given to residents in the Los Angeles region.
The tactic is extremely uncommon at the federal level, and Waters appears to be the sole national lawmaker employing it to obtain committee funding. Slate mailings, on the other hand, are widespread in her home state of California, detractors claim they include unscrupulous techniques with one campaign paying another for a politician’s endorsement in an election.
The Federal Election Commission gave Waters permission to run the operation in the fall of 2004. Karen Waters has received about $1.2 million in payments from her mother’s campaign since then.
Waters’ campaign has also benefited from the technique. While the majority of the money comes from those running for local public office in California, current federal officials, like Vice President Kamala Harris, have paid big sums to appear in the Waters mailings in the past.
Although it is permissible for candidates & politicians to use family members on campaigns, ethical experts advise against it. Republicans are now attempting to prohibit politicians from placing family members on the campaign payroll, following criticism from numerous prominent Democrats.
The Family Integrity to Reform Elections Act, sponsored by Republican Texas Rep. Pat Fallon, would prohibit campaign donations from coming to a candidate’s immediate family.
If the measure is enacted, the candidate will be held personally liable for intentionally breaching the requirement.
Rep. Fallon recently told the Daily Caller:“The Family Integrity to Reform Elections (FIRE) Act is a critical step to reducing nepotistic practices in American campaigns. Allowing direct family members to be on the take of campaigns must come to an end. For example, Maxine Waters, the worst perpetrator, has given her daughter over $1.1 million in campaign funds. This is utterly egregious, and I will not stand by as the integrity of our elections is further diminished,”
This is not the first time Waters has been called out on ethics concerns. On December 2022, the Democratic Congresswoman was criticized for showing “sympathy” to Sam Bankman-Fried, the alleged crypto scammer who is currently under investigation by the DOJ.
SBF has been under investigation by federal agents and politicians on Capitol Hill since his cryptocurrency exchange abruptly failed, exposing a slew of suspicious transactions. Once FTX allegedly moved billions of dollars in customer funds to Bankman-trading Fried’s firm, Alameda Research, the company went bankrupt. He’s also been exposed as a big donor for a group of politicians, mostly from the Democratic Party.
Back in December and according to persons with firsthand knowledge of the event, House Financial Services Committee Chair Maxine Waters told the panel’s Democrats that she did not intend to call former FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried to testify at a Dec. 13 hearing concerning the crypto exchange’s quick downfall.
Waters informed committee members of her decision at a private meeting with Securities and Exchange Commission Head Gary Gensler on Capitol Hill, according to the same source.
The report also says that Waters stated that she wanted committee staff to attempt to persuade Bankman-Fried to testify voluntarily.
After the report came out, Waters went on Twitter to deny these claims:
Fox News also reported that when Kamala Harris ran for California Attorney General in 2010, her campaign paid $33,000 to Waters’ campaign for slate mailer placement. According to documents, Harris spent an additional $30,000 to appear again in 2016 while campaigning for U.S. Senate.
Moreover, Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom paid Waters $45,000 for the service when competing for lieutenant governor in 2010, while former Sen. Barbara Boxer spent a total of $33,000 on the mailings in 2010 and 2018.
Most recently, Waters’ group received $36,500 from controversial Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascón for slate mailers during his 2020 campaign.
Independent Writer. Marketing and communications strategist for politicians, artists, public figures & corporate brands for more than 10 years. Contact: @alejandrosbasso (Twitter)
Escritor independiente. Consultor en marketing y comunicaciones de políticos, artistas, figuras públicas y marcas por más de 10 años. Contacto: @alejandrosbasso (Twitter)