A California Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters has paid her daughter Karen Waters a large sum of US Dollars for campaigns. Waters gave nearly $8000 in September and according to previous records Karen Waters has raked around $1.2 million since 2003.
According to the filing, Rep. Maxine Waters had been paying her daughter, Karen Waters, for various tasks such as administrative work, fundraising, and rally expenses.
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Republicans were never pleased by this act of carelessness with the money of American hardworking people. They have called out many democrats who have been engaged in this same practice of putting family members on the campaign payrolls.
Republicans are now ramping up their efforts to oppose family members of lawmakers profiting off campaigns. Moreover, the GOP is also aiming to raise a united voice against such lawmakers, and looking forward to placing a ban on them.
As per the New York Post, “The Family Integrity to Reform Elections (FIRE) Act, to be introduced by Rep. Pat Fallon (R-Texas) on Monday, would bar any candidate running for federal office from compensating immediate family members for campaign services,”
The report further added, “It is currently legal for lawmakers to employ family members to work on campaigns. However, Federal Election Commission regulations prohibit paying candidate relatives a salary unless they are ‘providing bona fide services to the campaign’ and the salary represents “fair market value of the services provided.’ The legislation – first reviewed by The Post – would extend the ban to any political committee ‘established, maintained or controlled by a candidate or an individual holding Federal office’ – blocking any current lawmaker from compensating a family member for working on their campaign,”
The report also stated that: “Fallon’s bill would also require campaigns to report any payments made to a candidate’s immediate family members. Relatives who fall under the proposed ban would include spouses, parents, siblings, grandparents, grandchildren, and domestic partners as well as the spouses of campaign committee members. If the bill becomes law, any candidate who violates the ban will face a fine of either $100,000 for each violation or twice the amount paid to the family members — whichever is greater — and imprisonment for up to two years.”
Fox News also realized a statement that said, “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,’”
The Executive director of the Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust, Miss Kendra Arnold, told the Washington Examiner that “with payments to family members, this can be difficult to determine because, unlike payments to others, there may be incentive to pay a family member more or pay them for work that is not needed,”
Furthermore, she added that “this makes it difficult for the public to determine whether the payments complied with the law.”
People provide money to politicians for their campaigns, not for hiring and distributing all that money to their family members. Lawmakers should not have any right to hire individuals from their families for campaigning and provide them with millions of dollars. This sort of corruption must come to an end.