Rep. Maxine Waters’ (D-CA) campaign doled out another $8,000 in cash to her daughter in September, which merely adds to the over $1 million total she has received since 2003.
A Federal Election Commission report on Wednesday revealed that Citizens of Waters made two payments to Karen Waters’ company for “slate mailer management fees.” That $8,000 brings the year’s haul to nearly $50,000 for the representative’s daughter’s firm.
Dating back almost two decades, Progressive Connections has now received over $1 million in campaign funds.
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According to Fox News, slate-mailing is almost unheard of in federal elections. Maxine Waters, the U.S. House Financial Services Committee chairwoman, is the only national-level politician to use the tactic in the 2020 elections.
It involves the creation of a pamphlet containing lists of candidates and positions along with recommendations for voters.
Charges of nepotism followed the California representative for years. It was 2004 when the Los Angeles Times reported that Waters’ campaign organization paid out over $1 million to her family members over an eight-year period.
When confronted with the paper’s findings, Waters told reporters that “we don’t have to answer your questions. We are not bad people.”
While it is not illegal for federal candidates to pay family members with campaign cash, ethics experts generally look upon the practice with disfavor.
In 2020, OpenSecrets revealed research that showed candidates from both major parties directed funds toward family members for services.
Waters also recently landed in hot water for her lavish praise of disgraced former FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried. His now bankrupt cryptocurrency exchange lavished tens of millions of dollars onto political organizations, most of which lined up with his liberal philosophy.
Waters complimented Bankman-Fried for his being “candid” and added that his honesty will help the bankrupt firm’s “customers, investors, and others.”
That group of unfortunate individuals and businesses faces the likely loss of billions in unrecoverable funds.
Maxine has a long track record of pouring campaign funds into family coffers, and that pattern is only continuing. Unfortunately, it reflects the sad state of affairs in Washington that only a massive reversal in ethics will erase.