Kirsters Baish| California Democratic Congresswoman Maxine Waters has been in the public eye lately, but not for anything good. People are beginning to demand answers as to where the massive amount of money came from that she used to pay her daughter.
Fox News reports that Waters is able to raise money by charging other Democrats in California to be placed on the sample ballot containing candidates that she personally supports. She sends these sample ballots out with her own advertisements.
The Democratic Congresswoman’s campaign committee “Citizens for Waters” has doled out roughly $750,000 over the last 14 years to Karen Waters or her PR firm “Progressive Connections, as reported by the Washington Free Beacon.
Fox News reports that because of this transfer of money, the National Legal and Policy Center has officially filed a complaint against the Citizens for Waters campaign to the Federal Election Commission… for a full audit. There is a second complaint which has to do with the way the Democratic Congresswoman both raises and spends money. Tom Anderson is the director of the government integrity project.
Anderson stated that what Waters does is take money from other Democrat politicians (which well exceeds the campaign fund raising limit that is in place) in order to have her name appear with candidates that she personally supports.
“Maxine Waters found an old provision and turned it into a cottage industry,” Anderson explained.
While in the past the FEC explained that this was legal, the complaint drew attention to the fact that the California Democratic Party had paid $35,000 to place one of Senator Kamala Harris’ endorsements in the envelope with Waters’, which broke the rule.
“The Democratic State Central Committee of California’s $35,000 contribution to Citizens for Waters violated campaign finance limits,” the complaint reads.
Anderson explained, “(Waters) is going to be re-elected no matter what. She comes knocking on other politicians in California to say, ‘do you want my endorsement,’ because she knows they don’t want her opposing them.”
Adav Noti, a former assistant general counsel for the FEC, explained to Fox News that legally candidates are footing part of the bill for the promotional mail.
Noti, who is now a Campaign Legal Center senior director, explained, “Those payments are legitimate if it’s approximate to the cost for the entity producing, printing and sending the mailers. Without seeing the information on the cost of the mailers, it’s difficult to say if there is anything inherently wrong with the math.”
John Wonderlich, the executive director of the Sunlight Foundation, explained of the money that has been funneled to Waters’ daughter, that the issue has to do with the “question of enrichment for a family member.”
Western Journal Politics reports:
Waters has emerged as one of the Democratic Party’s most vituperative critics of President Donald Trump. Earlier this week, she indulged in name-calling after Trump said he would shut down the government if that was what it took to build his proposed border wall.
“Well you know this president is a bully,” Waters told MSNBC. “And he’ll try to intimidate all of us.”
“He’s not going to shut down the government and we are not going to be intimidated by his bluffing and his bullying,” she added.
Interestingly enough, Waters has been criticized a lot lately, which was noted by the New York Post’s John Crudele on Monday.
Crudele wrote in reference to Waters’ demand for supporters to go against Trump, “Here’s the thing, Maxine. People care about money issues. So, Maxine, sorry — you are just out of touch with the majority of Americans.”