The National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC) filed a complaint against Rep. Maxine Waters with the Federal Elections Commission, asserting that her “slate mailers” from the last election campaign violated federal law.
Specifically, the NLPC asserted that the $35,000 sent by the Democratic State Central Committee of California (DSCCC) for the inclusion of then-candidate Kamala Harris on Waters’ mailer – her personal endorsements – violated election law because it’s not legal for a third party to make such a payment.
Harris, elected to the U.S. Senate, should have paid for inclusion herself.
Waters’ use of the slate mailers themselves have flouted election law for years as a way to avoid contribution limits, the NLPC asserts.
In fact, Fox News reports the watchdog is formulating a second, broader complaint about the sources of the money for inclusion on the mailers and that a company run by Waters’ daughter, Karen Waters, has reportedly been paid $750,000 since 2004 to produce the mailers.
The mailers look like sample ballots but are Waters’ personal endorsements, which are then distributed by political parties before and during elections.
“Maxine Waters found an old provision and turned it into a cottage industry,” Tom Anderson, NLPC’s director of government integrity project, told Fox News.
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