An investigation into Maxine Waters by The Daily Caller has found that the California Democrat is making her family very wealthy off of the political system.
According to a report by Peter Hasson of the Caller, Waters has funneled over $100,000 in campaign funds to her daughter Karen for various services over the past year. That isn’t much less than what Waters herself earns in salary for a year ($174,000) and it is proof of just how lucrative campaigns can be.
This isn’t the first incident of Waters’ family members benefiting from her position. In 2011, Waters was widely criticized after she arranged for a California bank to receive government assistance to stay afloat, without mentioning her husband owned stock in the bank.
Waters’ ethics have been suspect to many. Not only was she once labeled the most corrupt member of Congress by a watchdog group, she was even caught attending a speech by Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan in which he praised Muslim suicide bombers.
Democratic California Rep. Maxine Waters is paying her daughter more than $100,000 in campaign funds this election cycle, according to Federal Election Commission (FEC) filings reviewed by The Daily Caller News Foundation.
Citizens for Waters has already paid $42,862 to the congresswoman’s daughter, Karen Waters, since the beginning of 2017, FEC files show. The campaign is scheduled to pay the younger Waters another $65,000 for her “professional services” working on a “slate mailer,” according to the most recent FEC files.
Rep. Waters’s campaign debt to her daughter was first noted in April 2017 by the Washington Free Beacon. The campaign had yet to report any payments on the debt at that time. Since then, the campaign has reported nine payments to Karen Waters ranging from $3,000-$7,000, according to FEC files reviewed by TheDCNF.
Rep. Waters has come under ethical scrutiny in the past.
Liberal watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) named the California Democrat one of the “most corrupt” members of Congress in 2011.
“In the midst of a national financial catastrophe, 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.”
Waters has yet to respond to Hasson’s story.
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