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Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., paid her daughter another $24,000 in campaign cash during the most recent quarter, Federal Election Commission records reviewed by Fox News Digital show.
Karen Waters, who has been organizing slate-mailing operations to bolster her mother’s re-election for nearly two decades, and her company, Progressive Connections, have received more than $1.2 million since 2003 for campaign services, including “slate mailer management” fees and “campaign managing services.”
Slate-mailing is an uncommon practice in federal elections, where a consulting firm is hired to create a pamphlet of sorts that contains a list of candidates or policy measures, and advises voters how to cast their ballots.
Rep. Waters was reportedly the only federal politician to use a slate-mailer operation during the 2020 general election.
Both Democrats and Republicans have paid relatives with campaign contributions over the years. While it’s legal for federal lawmakers to employ family members on campaigns, the practice is generally frowned upon by ethics experts.
Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., paid out nearly $3 million to her husband Tim Mynett’s political consulting firm, the E Street Group, over several years.
The E Street Group’s biggest client was Omar’s campaign, which supplied the business with nearly 80 percent of all its cash from federal committees, before ceasing the payments after they came under scrutiny.
Far-left Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., Omar’s mentor in Congress, added $194,000 in payments to the E Street Group for digital consulting.
Following questions over the arrangement, Omar terminated the contract in November 2020. Mynett and his business partner, Will Hailer, began consulting the wine industry.
However, the E Street Group appears to be shifting back to the political consulting world. In February, the E Street Group received its first federal committee payment in more than a year, which was sent from a committee linked to Omar, Fox News Digital reported this week.