In case you haven’t noticed, Democrats sure have been whining about President Trump appointing his daughter, Ivanka, to an unpaid, assistant position in the White House. However, Maxine Waters, one of Trump’s biggest critics in D.C., has a rather interesting working relationship with her daughter…and the Dems, well…speechless, of course. Funny how that works, huh?
If you haven’t followed much of Maxine Water’s political career, she currently represents California’s 43rd District. A district which has an unemployment rate of 11.3% (115% higher than the 4.5% national unemployment average!).
In other words, it’s no secret that she’s the representative of a district with very high unemployment, and she is not much of an advocate for job-creation.
Well…unless of course it’s job-creation (and a well-paying one at that!) for her very own daughter.
According to The Washington Free Beacon:
Rep. Maxine Waters (D., Calif.) is slated to pay her daughter another $108,000 for running a lucrative campaign operation that pulls in hundreds of thousands of dollars each election cycle, FEC filings show.
Karen Waters, the daughter of Rep. Waters, collected nearly $650,000 to date for running the operation for her mother’s campaign.
Karen is in charge of a “slate mailer” operation for Citizens for Waters, Rep. Waters’ federal campaign committee. Slate mailers, or endorsement mailers, involve a candidate or political group paying for the endorsement of another politician.
As discussed here, these mailers are essentially part of a pay-for-play scheme in which Maxine sells her political endorsement to the highest bidder, and has proven to be very profitable for the Waters family.
In order to appear on a Waters’ slate mailer, candidates for political office must pay Citizens for Waters from their own political committees. If a candidate does not directly pay Waters’ campaign committee, they must credit their own campaigns with in-kind contributions from Waters.
The mailers are sent to almost 200,000 constituents in the South Central Los Angeles area, where Waters holds considerable sway. The mailers consist of an “official sample ballot” with quotes from Waters about candidates and measures she supports.
Newly elected California senator Kamala Harris for example has paid Citizens for Waters $30,000 to appear on one of the group’s endorsement mailers.
Democrat Kamala Harris, the former California attorney general who won a seat in the Senate this November, paid Citizens for Waters $30,000 to appear on the endorsement mailers, campaign finance records show.
This was not the first time Harris has paid for Waters’ endorsement.
Harris made two payments totaling $28,000 to Waters in 2010 to appear on the mailer when she was running for attorney general.
You get it by now, right? All in all, the bottom line is this: Maxine Waters has paid her daughter Karen over $750,000 to essentially mail stuff.
Now, I’m not the greatest at math, but I’m pretty sure that equates to a significantly higher annual salary than the $44,000 median household income of the people in Waters’ very own 43rd District. And whole hell of a lot more than an unpaid, assistant position. Wouldn’t you agree?
Way to represent and criticize, Maxine!