Maxine Waters Paid Daughter $74,000 In Campaign Cash This Year Alone
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Democrat Rep. Maxine Waters is one of the most controversial politicians in all of Washington, D.C. and her latest scandal is not going to help her case.
Waters, the chairwoman of the powerful House Financial Services Committee Chairwoman, has paid her daughter tens of thousands of dollars in campaign funds this year.
“Campaign finance records reviewed by Fox News show that the congresswoman’s campaign has paid her daughter, Karen Waters, a cumulative $74,000 in donor cash through September,” Fox News reported.
“The last quarter alone saw over $20,000 go to the younger Waters, which is nearly a third of the median American household income in 2020, according to the Census Bureau,” the report added.
“Waters’ daughter has received over $1.1 million for her work on her mother’s campaigns since 2003. In fact, the 2020 election cycle alone saw $250,000 funneled to the House Financial Services Committee chairwoman’s daughter,” the report continued.
A report earlier this year revealed that Waters funneled more than $1 million from her various campaigns to her daughter Karen Waters since 2003.
Karen Waters received over $1.1 million for her services with her mother’s campaigns — $250,000 of which came from the most recent election cycle, reported the Federal Election Commission.
The daughter of the California Democrat organized slate-mailing operations to bolster her mother’s re-election.
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 on how to cast their ballots.
Rep. Waters was reportedly the only federal politician to use a slate-mailer operation during the 2020 general election.
Though the practice is not altogether that uncommon in the state of California, which has seen politicians like Gov. Gavin Newsom use the campaigning method. Vice President Kamala Harris also used slate-mailers during her 2017 Senate campaign.
But for Rep. Waters, it is all in the family as it is not only her daughter Karen who has cashed in on the gravy train of her job as a United States representative.
A report in 2004 by The Los Angeles Times showed that various members of the Waters family were paid more than $1 million in the eight years prior to that story being written, and that was more than 16 years ago.
“Waters’ husband has collected fees for opening doors with his wife’s political allies on behalf of a bond firm seeking government business,” The Times reported.
“Son Edward Waters has shared in the slate mailer proceeds and has occasionally worked as a consultant to campaigns his mother supported,” it said.
“They do their business and I do mine,” Waters, who was 66 at the time, said. “We are not bad people.”
No, not bad people, but according to The Times, they are people who were part of a growing trend of family members of top politicians getting paid big bucks due to their family connections.