Democratic Congresswoman Maxine Waters adds daughter to payroll

Controversial California Congresswoman Maxine Waters is paying her daughter over $100,000 in campaign funds for work on her 2018 reelection campaign.

According to documents Ms. Waters’ reelection committee, Citizens for Waters, has submitted to the Federal Election Commission (FEC), Karen Waters has been paid over $42,000 since May 2017.

Filings with the FEC show Karen Waters has received nine payments in amounts ranging between $3,000–$7,000. Waters is scheduled to receive an additional $65,000 ahead of the November 2018 mid-term elections.

The filings show payments to Karen Waters as fees for the management of slate mailers on behalf of Waters’ reelection campaign.  Slate mailers are non-customized political advertisements distributed by mail by political parties listing their endorsed candidates for office.

FEC filings describe the forthcoming $65,000 to be paid to Karen Waters through the remainder of the election cycle as “professional services.”

Past FEC filings have revealed Karen Waters was paid $70,000 in 2016 by the Waters’ campaign and over $600,000 since 2006 for work performed for her mother’s political campaigns.

No stranger to controversy, Waters has faced numerous ethics charges and is known for her abrasive demeanor on the House floor and elsewhere.

First elected in 1990, Waters, 79, has been accused of using her office by offering legislation to benefit firms which paid her relatives.

Waters faced intense scrutiny by the House Ethics Committee in 2010 after it was revealed she had arranged meetings with officials of Treasury Department and executives of OneUnited Bank, a Massachusetts-based trust company.

OneUnited later received $12 million in Troubled Asset Relief Program money.  OneUnited is a major donor to Waters’ campaign.  Waters’ husband, Sid Williams, is a shareholder in the firm and served on the firm’s board.

After a three-year ethics probe, Waters was cleared of wrongdoing.

A fierce critic of President Trump, Waters has led repeated calls for the House to begin impeachment proceedings against Trump.  Waters’ most recent call came after Trump withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal.

Left-leaning watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington has placed Waters on its “most corrupt members of Congress” list four times.


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