Rep. Maxine Waters has paid her daughter more than $1 million since 2003 through her various campaigns, according to an analysis of federal election data.
In all, the California Democrat has funneled north of $1.1 million to daughter Karen Waters for campaign-related services to including $250,000 from the most recent campaign, the Federal Election Commission noted.
Most recently, Karen Waters organized slate-mailing operations in order to bolster her mother’s re-election campaign, the FEC data show.
The practice of slate-mailing is uncommon in federal elections. It involves hiring a consulting firm to create a pamphlet-like document containing a tally of candidates or policy initiatives while advising people how to vote.
The controversial Democrat was reportedly the only candidate for federal office to employ a slate-mailer operation during the recent election cycle, Fox News added.
That said, the practice is not wholly uncommon in California; Democrats like Gov. Vavin Newsom have used slate-mailing as did Vice President Kamala Harris during her successful 2017 U.S. Senate bid.
As for Karen Waters, she is not the only family member of the vociferous opponent of former President Trump who has profited from her mother’s campaigns.
The Los Angeles Times reported in 2004 that various other members of the family had been paid more than $1 million in the previous eight years related to businesses and campaigns linked to Waters.
However, the chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee distanced herself from those payments at the time.
“They do their business and I do mine. We are not bad people,” she told the Times.
Throughout the 2020 election cycle, Waters made more than 30 payments to her daughter, most of the money going for Slate Mailer Management Fees. In all, there are more than 160 payments from the congresswoman to her daughter since 2003.
In addition to Waters, another Democratic lawmaker has raised eyebrows by making multimillion-dollar payments to family members.
Ahead of the November elections, Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota had funneled more than $1.7 million to E Street Group, a political consulting firm owned by her husband, Tim Mynett, since 2018. In the first three weeks of July alone, payments totaled roughly $600,000, despite a lingering FEC complaint against her campaign.
The complaint was lodged by the conservative National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC) in August 2019 alleging that Omar violated federal election laws by utilizing campaign funds to pursue an affair with Mynett. Both of them were married to other people when they first began to see each other romantically.
The group’s complaint honed in on travel expenses Omar’s campaign began paying to E Street Group in April 2019. The timeframe lined up with claims by Mynett’s ex-wife, Beth Mynett, made in her divorce filing that he told her April 7, 2019, he was “romantically involved” with Omar.
In the filing, Beth Mynett said that her soon-to-be ex’s “more recent travel and long work hours now appear to be more related to his affair with Rep. Omar than with his actual work commitments.”
Omar has faced additional campaign finance troubles.
A campaign finance and disclosure board in Minnesota found in June 2019 she improperly spent thousands of campaign dollars on non-campaign expenses when she was still serving in the state legislature. She was ordered to personally reimburse her campaign for out-of-state travel expenditures claimed on her joint tax returns as well, for just under $3,500.
She was also ordered to pay a $500 fine for using campaign funds to pay for travel to a Florida conference where she was paid an honorarium for a speech.
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