Maxine Waters pays her daughter an additional $16,500 in campaign funds, adding to $1.2 million in previous payments

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Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., re-election campaign paid her daughter an additional $16,500 in June, adding to the more than $1.2 million the congresswoman has paid her daughter over the past few years. two decades.

Karen Waters, who has been running slate mailings in support of her mother’s re-election since 2003, and her company, Progressive Connections, have received more than $1.2 million from Waters’ campaign.

A Federal Election Commission filing filed Friday by Citizens for Waters shows the younger Waters received four payments totaling $16,500 from the committee in June for “slate mailing management fees.”

Representative Maxine Waters, Democrat of California and Chair of the House Financial Services Committee, speaks during a hearing in Washington, DC, U.S., Thursday, June 23, 2022. (Photographer: Eric Lee/Bloomberg via Getty Images/Getty Images)

Sending out slates is an uncommon practice in federal elections, where a consulting firm is hired to create a sort of pamphlet containing a list of candidates or policy measures and telling voters how to vote.

MAXINE WATERS CONTINUES TO PAY HER DAUGHTER WITH CAMPAIGN MONEY, ADDING UP TO $1.2 MILLION TO DATE: FEC

Representative Waters, chair of the U.S. House of Representatives Financial Services Committee, was reportedly the only federal politician to use a mail-in slate operation in the 2020 general election.

Rep.  Maxine Waters (D-CA)

Representative Maxine Waters (D-CA) speaks to abortion rights activists following the announcement of the Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health Organization decision in the U.S. Supreme Court on June 24, 2022 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images/Getty Images)

Other members of the Waters clan have also benefited from donor money during the MP’s long career.

In 2004, the Los Angeles Times revealed that the Waters campaign had paid more than $1 million to other family members in the previous eight years. Waters defended the practice at the time, telling the newspaper, “They do their thing and I do mine.”

“We don’t have to answer your questions,” she added. “We are not bad people.”

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Democrats and Republicans have paid parents with campaign contributions over the years. While it’s legal for federal lawmakers to employ family members in campaigns, the practice is generally frowned upon by ethics experts.

Waters’ campaign did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment.

Fox News’ Caitlin McFall, Houston Keene and Joe Schoffstall contributed to this report.

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