California congresscritter and otherwise nutcase Democrat Maxine Waters has been in the news lately for her incendiary attacks on President Donald Trump. She insists there has to be a way to impeach him with no evidence of a crime all while telling her disciples to go out into the world and cause trouble with Trump supporters.
Well, there’s a little thing about drawing attention to oneself that results in the opposition looking into the details of business practices. A government watchdog group, National Legal and Policy Center, of conservative bent and with an eye on the law investigated Mad Maxine’s fundraising practices, since she’s pretty successful at it, and discovered that the woman might not be so crazy after all.
Well before her current political fame, though, she mastered this somewhat-rare form of fundraising in slate mailers. California’s top politicians as well as local office-seekers have given far in excess of legal contribution limits to her campaign to be on her slate of endorsed candidates. The campaign then pays Karen Waters and other firms to produce, print and mail the sample ballots. The FEC approved the practice by Waters in 2004.
“Maxine Waters found an old provision and turned it into a cottage industry,” Anderson told Fox News.
Crafty, but in this instance not crazy so long as no one was looking. (Also rather low energy and maintenance when it comes to fundraising.)
How much money are we talking? Karen Waters mentioned her, the congresscritter’s daughter, has been paid over $750,000 in the period investigated all for producing mailers.
Individual candidates want to be on Waters’ mailers, so they pay her tens of thousands a pop for the privilege.
A separate report shows that the [Kamala] Harris campaign paid $30,000 to the Waters campaign earlier in 2016 for a primary slate mailer, but no subsequent payments….
For the 2018 election cycle, FEC data shows, as of July 28, that Democrat Gavin Newsom’s gubernatorial campaign paid $27,000 to Waters’ re-election campaign to be in the mailers.
The state Democratic Party snubbed Sen. Dianne Feinstein this year, but she paid $27,000 and has the Waters endorsement. Candidates for state assembly, sheriff and judges paid between $2,000 and $12,000 to Citizens for Waters to be included on the mailers.
And so National Legal and Policy Center took all of the evidence gathered and filed a formal complaint against Mad Maxine’s operation with the Federal Election Commission.
The first complaint alleges Waters broke federal campaign finance law, and also names the California Democratic State Central Committee and Sen. Kamala Harris, a likely 2020 Democratic presidential contender.
The conservative National Legal and Policy Center is still drafting a second broader complaint focusing on the sources of money going to the Waters campaign and flowing to her daughter—and the accuracy of campaign finance reports, said Tom Anderson, director of the group’s government integrity project.
We’ll see where this one goes.