Rap Waters’ campaign has paid out over $1 million to his daughter over the years
House Financial Services Committee Chairman Maxine Waters, D-California, has paid her daughter tens of thousands of dollars more in campaign funding this year.
Campaign finance records reviewed by Granthshala News show that the congressional campaign paid a cumulative $74,000 in donor cash through September to his daughter, Karen Waters.
According to the Census Bureau, more than $20,000 of youth went to Waters in the last quarter alone, which is about a third of the median American household income in 2020.
Maxine Waters has given daughter over a million dollars in campaign
Waters’ campaign did not immediately respond to Granthshala News’ request for comment on payments to his daughter.
Waters’ daughter has received more than $1.1 million for working on her mother’s campaigns since 2003.
In fact, the 2020 election cycle alone saw $250,000 in funding to the daughter of the chair of the House Financial Services Committee.
The daughter of a California Democrat organizes a slate-matching operation to get her mother re-elected.
Slate-mailing is an unusual 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 to cast their ballots.
Rep. Waters was reportedly the only federal politician to use a slate-mailer operation during the 2020 general election.
Karen Waters isn’t the only member of the family to capitalize on Rap Waters’ career over the years.
In 2004, the Los Angeles Times revealed that the Waters campaign had paid out more than $1 million to other family members over the past eight years.
Granthshala News’ Caitlin McFall contributed reporting.
Houston Keene is a reporter for Granthshala News Digital. You can find him on Twitter at @HoustonKeene.