Maxine Waters Faces NEW Scandal
Meanwhile, the banking and financial sectors anxiously await if the liberal firebrand will make good on her campaign rhetoric.
But according to post-election filings, her campaign appears to have glaring financial issues of its own, even prompting calls for a full audit. (Fox News)
The Citizens for Waters report to the Federal Election Commission from Dec. 11 lists $183,022 in debt to her daughter Karen Waters, who is in charge of distributing “slate mailers.”
The mailers have faced scrutiny since 2010 because the campaign, beginning in 2004, has paid Waters’ daughter or her public relations firm Progressive Connections to produce, print and mail the sample ballots. Watchdog groups have raised questions about the propriety of campaign funds financially supporting a family member, as well as Waters raising contributions in excess of federal limits through an unusual process. Since 2004, the campaign has paid the younger Waters almost $1 million, based on previous news reports.
But another point in the report that raised red flags is $13,000 debt listed to a charter school group -- which was the subject of an earlier FEC complaint against the Waters campaign, first reported by Fox News.
That organization, Families & Teachers for Antonio, backed the losing gubernatorial campaign of Antonio Villaraigosa, a former Democratic Los Angeles mayor. The independent organization, which was not part of the gubernatorial campaign, had paid $25,000 to the Citizens for Waters Committee to put Villaraigosa on Waters’ slate mailers -- which are sample ballots sent out to about 200,000 voters in her Los Angeles district listing congresswoman’s endorsed candidates.
An FEC complain contends the Waters campaign violated election law because FEC guidelines explicitly state only another candidate or candidate's committee may pay for having their name listed as an endorsed candidate on a slate mailer.
The National Legal and Policy Center, a right-wing government watchdog, intends to file a new FEC complaint against Waters, but can't do so until the partial government shutdown ends.