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Carl Spitzer {C Juno} cwsiv at juno.com
Thu Oct 11 20:03:22 MDT 2018

Maxine Waters Hit with FEC Complaint for Lucrative Campaign Operation
That Pays Daughter

Karen Waters, Maxine's Daughter, has collected more than $750,000 for
operating the slate mailers

Rep. Maxine Waters

Rep. Maxine Waters / Getty Images

BY: Joe Schoffstall Follow @JoeSchoffstall 
August 2, 2018 1:26 pm

Rep. Maxine Waters (D., Calif.) is the subject of a complaint filed to
the Federal Election Commission for a campaign operation that has paid
out hundreds of thousands of dollars to her daughter, according to

Waters runs a slate mailer, or endorsement mailer, operation through
Citizens for Waters, her campaign committee, and has done so for years.
The operation has proved lucrative to both the campaign's coffers and to
Karen Waters, Maxine's daughter.

Karen has collected more than $750,000 in payments for running the
operation, the Washington Free Beacon previously reported. The slate
mailers also pull in lucrative cash for the Waters campaign. In order to
appear on the mailer, a politician must make a donation to the

The mailers are sent to more than 200,000 residents in South Central Los
Angeles, where Waters holds considerable clout. A list of candidates
"endorsed" by Waters appear on the mailer along with brief quotes.

During the most recent election cycle, a handful of judicial candidates
in California have combined to pay the campaign tens of thousands of
dollars for a spot on the mailer.

Prominent California politicians have also paid to appear on the mailers
in the past.

Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris has twice paid to appear on the
endorsement mailers and has paid out over $63,000 to the Waters
campaign, the Free Beacon previously reported.

The first time Harris appeared on the mailers was when she was serving
as San Francisco district attorney and running for attorney general in
the state. Harris again paid Waters during her U.S. Senate run in 2016
for a place on the mailers.

Gavin Newsom, the Democratic lieutenant governor of California, who is
running for governor in the state, paid the Waters campaign $45,000 for
his "share" of slate mailers in 2010 as he was running for his current
position. Newsom paid $27,000 this election cycle.

Sen. Barbara Boxer also paid the Waters campaign $5,000 in 2010 and an
additional $27,000 this cycle.

The National Legal and Policy Center, a government watchdog, has now
filed a complaint with the FEC alleging that Waters broke federal
campaign finance law, Fox News reports. The complaint also lists the
California Democratic State Central Committee and Sen. Kamala Harris
alongside Waters.

"Maxine Waters found an old provision and turned it into a cottage
industry," Tom Anderson, director of the policy center's government
integrity project, told Fox News.

The group is reportedly drafting another more encompassing complaint
that will center around the money going to the Waters campaign and
subsequent payments to Karen Waters.

In 2004, Waters asked the FEC to issue an advisory opinion on whether
she could run the operation from her federal campaign, which was
approved. The endorsement mailer operation was previously run from LA
Vote, a state committee.

Slate mailers are fairly common in states such as California and Oregon,
but have come under heavy scrutiny as being deceptive practices.

Waters appears to be the only candidate on the federal level who
implements a slate mailer operation.

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Joe Schoffstall is a staff writer for the Washington Free Beacon.
Previously, he spent three years with the Media Research Center and was
most recently with the Capitol City Project. He can be reached at
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