Maxine Waters Under Ethical Scrutiny, Transferring $100K to Daughter from Campaign Funds


Democrat California Congresswoman Maxine Waters is slated to pay her daughter over $100,000 in campaign funds this election cycle, drawing scrutiny from multiple media outlets.

The Daily Caller News Foundation reported $42,862 has already been paid to Karen Waters since the beginning of 2017 based on Federal Election Commission filings, while another $65,000 is listed as yet to be paid for “professional services” working on a “slate mailer.”

According to The Washington Free Beacon, the younger Waters had collected approximately $650,000 as of April for running the slate mail operation for her mother over multiple election cycles.

That figure will top over $750,000 by the end of this cycle.

The Citizens for Waters slate mailers contain a list of all the candidates the congresswoman is endorsing.

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“The mailers are sent to nearly 200,000 residents in South Central Los Angeles, an area where Waters holds considerable clout,” The Beacon reported.

“The mailers contain an ‘official sample ballot’ and brief quotes from Waters about the candidates and measures that she supports,” the news outlet added.

During the 2016 election cycle, Citizens for Waters collected close to $300,000 from more than 20 payments to the campaign.

Karen Waters was paid $65,287 during that cycle to run the slate mailer operation.

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In 2016, California Democrat Sen. Kamala Harris contributed $30,000 to Waters’ campaign to appear in the endorsement mailers.

In 2010, she paid $28,000, according to The Beacon, for the same service when she was a candidate for California’s attorney general.

The liberal watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington named Waters one of the “most corrupt” members of Congress in 2011.

“In the midst of a national financial catastrophe (following the 2008 stock market crash), Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) used her position as a senior member of Congress and member of the House Financial Services Committee to prevail upon Treasury officials to meet with OneUnited Bank,” CREW explained. “She never disclosed that her husband held stock in the bank.”

According to CREW, her husband had also previously served on the board in what is billed as “America’s largest black owned bank.” The Washington Examiner reported the bank received $12 million in bailout funds from the federal government.

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After a multi-year investigation, the House Ethics Committee ruled Waters did not technically break any rules, but brought to light the congresswoman’s questionable practice of making her grandson, Mikael Moore, her chief of staff.

Omar Navarro, Waters’ 2018 Republican challenger, dinged his rival for riding in Saturday’s Armed Forces parade in Torrance in a BMW convertible and living in a mansion outside of the 43rd congressional district she represents, which is located on the south side of Los Angeles.

“Where is Maxine Waters going?” he tweeted. “Maybe #HancockPark to the 4.3 Million Dollar Mega home outside the district.”

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Randy DeSoto has written more than 2,000 articles for The Western Journal since he joined the company in 2015. He is a graduate of West Point and Regent University School of Law. He is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths" and screenwriter of the political documentary "I Want Your Money."
Randy DeSoto is the senior staff writer for The Western Journal. He wrote and was the assistant producer of the documentary film "I Want Your Money" about the perils of Big Government, comparing the presidencies of Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama. Randy is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths," which addresses how leaders have appealed to beliefs found in the Declaration of Independence at defining moments in our nation's history. He has been published in several political sites and newspapers.

Randy graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a BS in political science and Regent University School of Law with a juris doctorate.
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