New FEC records show Maxine Waters campaign kept dishing out big bucks to daughter through election cycle

U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters was reelected to her 16th term in the House of Representatives and her daughter is reportedly reaping the benefits.

Federal election data appears to show that the campaign for the 82-year-old California Democrat paid out about $240,000 to Karen Waters during the election cycle. Voters sent the congresswoman, who is the chairwoman of the House Financial Service Committee, back to Washington in her reelection bid that proved to be a financial windfall for her daughter.

New Federal Election Commission records indicate that from March 2019 to September 2020, Karen Waters was paid more than $200,000 for “office expenses” and “canvassing” for her mother’s campaign. Most of the fees were related to “Slate Mailer Management” which refers to endorsement space on postcards sent out in mass mailings to potential voters.

A “post-general” filing showed more than $28,000 was paid to the congresswoman’s daughter while more than $212,000 in payments were listed on a page titled, “Schedule B: Itemized Disbursements,” Fox News reported.

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The five payments to Waters’ daughter totaling $28,150 include $1,000 “Walker payments” dated October 23 as well as payments of $900 and $5,000 marked “GOTV” dated Oct. 30 and Nov. 2. Payments marked “Slate Mailer Management Fee” were also listed in the amounts of $8,750 and $12,500,” and dated Nov. 6 and Nov. 17, respectively.

The filings showed 26 separate entries which paid out a total of $212,654.73 to Karen Waters who apparently made a similar amount in her mother’s previous campaign in 2018. That midterm election cycle saw the younger Waters receive more than $200,000 in payments from the campaign, again with much of that coming from managing the “slate mailer” services.

Complaints were filed with the Federal Election Commission in 2018 asking for an audit of her campaign which reportedly paid her daughter or her then-public relations firm, Progressive Connections, $750,000 from 2004 until that time.

Waters has come under scrutiny in the past for her campaign’s finances and her family’s involvement has raised criticism and questions.

According to a 2019 Fox News report:

The mailers have faced scrutiny since 2010 because the campaign, beginning in 2004, has paid Waters’ daughter or her public relations firm Progressive Connections to produce, print and mail the sample ballots. Watchdog groups have raised questions about the propriety of campaign funds financially supporting a family member, as well as Waters raising contributions in excess of federal limits through an unusual process. Since 2004, the campaign has paid the younger Waters almost $1 million, based on previous news reports.


A report back in 2004 indicated that Waters’ family members earned more than $1 million over the course of eight years by working with different causes and businesses, as well as candidates, that the lawmaker supported.

“They do their business and I do mine,” Waters told the Los Angeles Times at the time. “We are not bad people.”

Reports on the latest lucrative campaign work by Waters’ daughter fired up social media users.


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