Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) paid her daughter $24,000 in campaign funds to work on the legislature’s re-election campaign in the first quarter of this year, Federal Election Commission records show.
Records show that Karen Waters was paid by her mother’s campaign committee, Citizens for Waters, in installments of $5,000 and $3,000 for slate mailer management fees.
Karen Waters received a total of $8,000 on January 5th, January 31st and March 21st.
In total, the younger Waters has received more than $1.2 million for campaign services since 2003, according to Fox News.
In fiscal 2021, Waters’ campaign paid her daughter $81,650 in 12 installments for “slate mailer management” fees and “GOTV,” or “Get Out the Vote,” services.
In the last election cycle, Maxine Waters paid Karen around $240,000 to work under the same labels.
It is legal for the legislature to hire family members to work on campaigns. However, Federal Election Commission rules prohibit paying relatives of candidates a salary unless they are providing “faithful campaigning service” and the salary represents “fair market value for the services rendered.”
Despite bipartisan practices, Waters has historically spent more on her daughter than her peers on their relatives.
In 2020, nonprofit data-tracking organization OpenSecrets found that Waters paid her daughter more than $114,000 for her campaign services, 56% more than the rep at the time. Steve King (R-Iowa), who paid his son and daughter-in-law the second highest amount ($73,212).
Waters defended the payments to her daughter in 2004, saying her politics and her family’s business were separate.
“You do your business and I do mine,” Waters said at the time, according to the Washington Post. “We are not bad people”
Waters faces re-election in 2022 and is expected to easily win her term in the 17th house.
https://nypost.com/2022/04/15/maxine-waters-pays-daughter-another-24k-in-house-campaign-cash/ Maxine Waters is paying her daughter an additional $24,000 in cash for the home campaign