Daughter Of Maxine Waters Has Collected $600K In Campaign Funds

The daughter of Rep. Maxine Waters (D., Calif.) has pulled in more than $600,000 from her mother’s campaigns since 2006 to manage election mailers that endorse politicians who pay the congresswoman for her support, according to a review of campaign finance records.

Waters, who has served in Congress since 1991, has utilized the endorsement mailers, known as “slate mailers,” to gather hundreds of thousands of dollars for her campaigns from Democratic candidates and causes in California. The operation has proved lucrative for both her campaign and her daughter, Karen Waters.

The slate mailers, which are sent to almost 200,000 constituents in the South Central Los Angeles area where Waters holds considerable clout, consist of an “official sample ballot” with brief quotes from Waters about candidates and measures she endorses.