Developing: Rep Maxine Waters Facing New FEC Complaint

California Democratic Representative Maxine Waters once again has an ethics complaint lodged against her. This latest one is with the Federal Elections Commission and has to do with mailers. It seems that when a candidate sends out mailers they can also include other candidates in that mailer as well as endorsing or saying nice things about them. That is all well and good and there are FEC rules about how these candidates and PACs reimburse each other. Rules are made to be bypassed and here is an example of how to play that game.

As Written and Reported By Fred Lucas for Fox News:

California Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters is facing a new complaint about an obscure fundraising tactic that rakes in thousands from state politicians in exchange for being listed on her slate mailers — this time, involving supporters of a former Los Angeles mayor defeated in the June gubernatorial primary.

The National Legal and Policy Center, a conservative watchdog group, filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission against Waters, her campaign and a pro-charter school group called Families and Teachers for Antonio Villaraigosa — which backed the former Democratic mayor of Los Angeles.

The pro-Villaraigosa group paid $25,000 to the Citizens for Waters Committee on May 25 to include Villaraigosa in her slate mailer, according to the complaint. FEC guidelines, however, say only a candidate’s committee can pay for the mailers — sample ballots traditionally mailed out to about 200,000 voters in Los Angeles highlighting whom Waters supports.

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Waters’ mailers have faced scrutiny since 2010 because the campaign, since 2004, has paid her daughter Karen Waters, or her public relations firm Progressive Connections, to produce, print and mail the sample ballots.

Legally, candidates are paying a reimbursement for the slate mailer, rather than buying an endorsement. But it’s difficult to prove whether the Waters endorsement comes as a result

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