Rep. Maxine Waters Caught Up In $1 Million Campaign Cash Controversy With Daughter
Recent reports from the Federal Election Commission has many raising eyebrows over the amount of money Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Cali) has given to her daughter.
According to reports, Maxine’s daughter, Karen Waters has received (since 2003) over $1.1 million for her services. During the last election cycle Rep. Maxine Waters campaign paid the Congresswoman’s daughter $250,000.
Karen Waters was tasked with “slate-mailing” operations to help her mother get re-elected.
From Fox News:
Slate-mailing is an uncommon practice in federal elections, where a consulting firm is hired to create a pamphlet of sorts that contains a list of candidates or policy measures, and advises voters how to cast their ballots.
Rep. Waters was reportedly the only federal politician to use a slate-mailer operation during the 2020 general election.
Water’s daughter isn’t the only family member cashing in from working for the campaign.
In 2004 the Los Angeles Times uncovered that the other members of the Waters’ family have received over $1 million during the previous eight years, from businesses and campaigns related to the congresswoman.
“They do their business and I do mine,” Waters said during the time. “We are not bad people.”
But, that doesn’t seem to be the case.
The LA Times found that Waters and her children are connected through a political organization call LA Vote that publishes an election mailer listing campaigns she endorsed. The paper found in 2004 that $450,000 went to Waters’ daughter Karen and $115,000 were paid to her son Edward.
According to reports Waters made over 30 payments to her daughter during the 2020 election cycle, the funds were to pay for Slate Mailer Management Fees.
Two other payments Waters received were for “GOTV” services however the details of those services were not listed. “GOTV” commonly stands for “Get out the vote.”
In 2017, even the very liberal Daily Beast cited that Rep. Maxine Waters one of the “most corrupt” elected officials in Washington. Waters earned the title after Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics exposed Waters role in pushing a $12 million bailout for a bank that had close ties with her family.
After an investigation, Waters was cleared but her grandson was not.