According to Federal Election Commission records, Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., paid her daughter another $24,000 in campaign cash during the most recent quarter.
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Since 2003, more than $1.2 million have been received by Karen Waters and her company, Progressive Connections, for campaign services, including “slate mailer management” fees and “campaign managing services.” Karen has been organizing slate-mailing operations to bolster her mother’s re-election for nearly two decades.
A “Citizens for Waters” campaign committee filing shows that, between January and March 2022, the younger Waters received $24,000 from the committee, said report.
Slate-mailing is not a very common practice in federal elections, and it means that a consulting firm is hired to create a pamphlet of sorts that contains a list of candidates or policy measures, and advises voters on how to cast their ballots.
During the 2020 general election, Rep. Waters was reportedly the only federal politician to use a slate-mailer operation.
Over the years, both Democrats and Republicans have paid relatives with campaign contributions, and while it’s legal for federal lawmakers to employ family members on campaigns, the practice is generally frowned upon by ethics experts.
Nearly $3 million were paid out by Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn. to her husband Tim Mynett’s political consulting firm, the E Street Group, over several years.
Omar’s campaign was the E Street Group’s biggest client, which supplied the business with nearly 80 percent of all its cash from federal committees, before ceasing the payments after they came under scrutiny.
Omar’s mentor in Congress, Far-left Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash. added $194,000 in payments to the E Street Group for digital consulting.
Omar terminated the contract in November 2020 after following questions over the arrangement. Mynett began consulting the wine industry with his business partner, Will Hailer.
But as it seems, the E Street Group appears to be shifting back to the political consulting world, as the E Street Group received its first federal committee payment in more than a year, which was sent from a committee linked to Omar.