People often wonder how it is that so many members of Congress are so wealthy. They enter office and over the course of years build up small fortunes on a congressional salary.
Maxine Waters shows one way they do it. Her daughter has been involved in her political campaigns for years and a lot of money has changed hands in the process.
Over a million, in fact.
FOX News reports:
Maxine Waters has given over $1 million in campaign cash to daughter
U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., has cashed in more than $1 million for her daughter through her campaigns since 2003, according to federal election data.
Karen Waters received over $1.1 million for her services with her mother’s campaigns — $250,000 of which came from the most recent election cycle, reported the Federal Election Commission.
The daughter of the California Democrat organized slate-mailing operations to bolster her mother’s re-election.
Slate-mailing is an uncommon 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 how to cast their ballots.
Rep. Waters was reportedly the only federal politician to use a slate-mailer operation during the 2020 general election.
Though the practice is not all together that uncommon in the state of California, who has seen politicians like Gov. Gavin Newsom use the campaigning method. Vice President Kamala Harris also used slate-mailers during her 2017 Senate campaign.
George Washington University Professor Jonathan Turley points out how this happens:
Maxine Waters giving her daughter over a million dollars shows how corrupt practices are simply shrugged off by voters. https://t.co/K8ICLOnlrs One of the many loopholes created by members to enrich their families. Rep. Omar gave her husband's company over a million as well.
— Jonathan Turley (@JonathanTurley) January 31, 2021
Public service is not supposed to be a path to wealth.
So why is it?