Waters’ FEC Reports Show She’s Continued Controversial Practice of Cutting Big Checks to Her Daughter

Aaron P. Bernstein/Reuters

Recent Federal Election Commission (FEC) reports show Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) continued to cut large payments to her daughter during the first quarter of 2019.

The congresswoman — who serves as chair of the House Financial Services Committee — paid her daughter, Karen Waters, $50,000 in just the first three months of the year. The reports claim the money was given to Waters’ daughter as payment for “slate mailer management service” fees.

Citizens for Waters, the PAC that Waters used to pay her daughter, had an outstanding debt of $183,022.15 to Karen from the 2018 election and used the money raised to pay back part of that debt throughout the first quarter following her re-election.

This is not the first time that Waters has cut a major check to her daughter for the obscure task of “mailer management.” In August 2018, Waters was hit with an FEC complaint for paying her daughter to manage the mailers.

The complaint outlined how the campaign would accept large payments from other politicians, including California Gov. Gavin Newsom, to be included on sample ballots she would mail to constituents. From 2004 to 2018, the California congresswoman paid Karen or her public relations firm, Progressive Connections, around $750,000 to produce and mail the sample ballots.

Despite the complaint, Waters continued to pay her daughter the $50,000 from the first quarter of 2019 because Karen’s services were still listed as a campaign debt from the 2018 election.

Although the payments to her daughter are the most controversial of Waters’ campaign finance decisions, there were a few other nuggets that caught people’s eyes.

She spent nearly $20,000 on a Christmas party at the Hyatt Regency in Los Angeles.

To foot the bill for her $20,000 Christmas party and her other campaign expenses, the congresswoman has been accepting money from PACs, a practice that has become taboo for many Democrats. The congresswoman received money from several corporate PACs, including Amazon, Boeing, and General Electric.

Waters, a vocal critic of President Donald Trump, has been serving in Congress since 1991.

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