There seems to be a controversy in how this money has flowed to her daughter, Karen Waters. Maxine’s campaign has spent the almost million since 2004 and they’re facing heat from a government watchdog who has filed two complaints with the Federal Election Commission (FEC). They’re asking for a full audit of Citizens for Waters, the campaign working for Maxine. An FEC complaints can be read here.
Fox News stated: “The first complaint alleges Waters broke federal campaign finance law, and also names the California Democratic State Central Committee and Sen. Kamala Harris, a likely 2020 Democratic presidential contender.
The conservative National Legal and Policy Center is still drafting a second broader complaint focusing on the sources of money going to the Waters campaign and flowing to her daughter—and the accuracy of campaign finance reports, said Tom Anderson, director of the group’s government integrity project.
Rep. Waters, first elected in 1990, has been in the headlines lately for her calls to impeach President Trump and statements urging public confrontations with his Cabinet officials.
Well before her current political fame, though, she mastered this somewhat-rare form of fundraising in slate mailers. California’s top politicians as well as local office-seekers have given far in excess of legal contribution limits to her campaign to be on her slate of endorsed candidates. The campaign then pays Karen Waters and other firms to produce, print and mail the sample ballots. The FEC approved the practice by Waters in 2004.
“Maxine Waters found an old provision and turned it into a cottage industry,” Anderson told Fox News.
However, the FEC complaint filed on July 25 states that the California Democratic party paid $35,000 to the Waters campaign in 2016 to include the endorsement of Harris’ Senate candidacy on the mailer. The FEC complaint, which cited an October campaign finance report, contends a third party is not legally allowed to pay for the mailer of a candidate without a reimbursement under the 2004 FEC advisory opinion.
A separate report shows that the Harris campaign paid $30,000 to the Waters campaign earlier in 2016 for a primary slate mailer, but no subsequent payments.
“The Democratic State Central Committee of California’s $35,000 contribution to Citizens for Waters violated campaign finance limits,” the complaint states.
It’s no wonder Maxine Waters told the truth about the Democratic Party in an old video of hers!
The Washington Beacon also covered controversy swirling around Maxine Waters. They stated: “Rep. Maxine Waters’s campaign has pulled in $56,000 this cycle through her “slate mailer” operation, filings show.
The mailers are sent out to more than 200,000 people in South Central Los Angeles and contain an “official sample ballot” and quotes from Waters on the candidates or measures she supports. In exchange for placement on the mailer, Waters’s campaign committee receives a donation.
The payments to Citizens for Waters this cycle range from $2,000 to $12,000 and have come from a handful of California judicial candidates. Waters’s campaign has collected the $56,000 from seven committees, filings show.
Citizens for Waters, Waters’s campaign committee, runs the program. Karen, Maxine’s daughter, has collected more than $750,000 in “professional fees” from the campaign since the practice first was given the green light by the Federal Election Commission (FEC).
Other prominent California politicians have paid Waters to appear on the slate mailer in the past, including Sen. Kamala Harris, who has paid a total of $63,000 to Waters’s campaign and twice appeared on the mailers.
The first time Harris appeared on the mailers was on May 5, 2010, as a San Francisco district attorney and running for attorney general in the state. Harris’s committee, Harris for AG 2010, made three payments to the Waters campaign throughout the cycle for a total of $33,000.
Harris again paid to be featured on the slate mailers in 2016 when she was running for the U.S. Senate. Harris’s committee, Kamala Harris for Senate, paid $30,000 to appear on the mailer that cycle.
Gavin Newsom, the current Democratic lieutenant governor of California who is now running for governor, paid the Waters campaign $45,000 for his “share” of slate mailers as he was seeking his current position in 2010.
Sen. Barbara Boxer paid the Waters’s campaign $5,000 that year.
Waters first ran the operation through a state committee called LA Vote. This changed in 2004 after Waters had asked the FEC to issue an advisory opinion on whether or not she could run it through her federal committee, which the commission allowed.
The slate mailer practice, which has come under heavy scrutiny in the past, is fairly common in California, Oregon, and other states. However, it is unique to Waters on the federal level, as she appears to be the only politician running it from their federal committee, according to a search for payments marked as “slate mailers” on the FEC’s website.
Waters’s campaign did not return a request for comment by press time.”