According to Fox News, Karen Waters made $192,300 off her mom's campaign to run her "slate mailer" operation from Jan. 2021 and Dec. 2022. In a slate mailer campaign, other candidates’ campaigns pay Waters' campaign to appear on endorsement mailers sent out to constituents.
According to the outlet, Waters may be the only national politician using practice to raise funds but the practice is common among Democrats in the Golden State.
This is not the first time the congresswoman’s daughter has profited off her mother’s campaign. The Federal Election Commission gave the ok for the operation in the fall of 2004 and since then, Karen has received over $1.2 million in payments.
Vice President Kamala Harris when campaigning for California attorney general in 2010, had her campaign send $33,000 to Waters' campaign for a slate mailer. In 2016, Harris paid Waters’ campaign $30,000 for another while running for the US Senate, according to Federal Election Commission filings.
California Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom paid Waters’ campaign $45,000 for a slate mailer while running for lieutenant governor in 2010.
Former Democratic Senator Barbara Boxer spent a combined $33,000 in 2010 and 2018 with Waters’ campaign for the mailers.
In 2020, embattled progressive Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascón paid $36,500 to Waters' committee for the slate mailers during his campaign.
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