(b. Aug 1938) U.S. Rep. beginning in 1991 (in 2 previous districts), current Rep for CA’s 43rd congressional district (90% Dems) since 2013, and has been declared the most corrupt member of Congress 5 times by DC watchdog, CREW. An avid hate-monger against Trump and his supporters, and pro-impeachment before any report or hearing on the matter. Nonetheless, she has been able to market herself as a champion for black Americans, even chairing the caucus from 1997-1998, yet maintains a stagnant black poverty rate, persistent unemployment, massive homelessness, and rampant gang violence in her district. Like all good democrats, she’s raked in millions for her family via her campaigns and other political connections. She used her connections in 2008 to ensure a $12 million federal bailout of OneUnited Bank, and the LA Times reported in 2004 that Waters’ relatives pocketed more than $1 million over the course of 8 years from businesses and political campaigns that were in some way connected to the congresswoman, not counting the $1mil+ her daughter made running a slate mailer campaign operation.
Her career in Congress is also nothing to gloat about. Since she was elected in 1990, she has sponsored just three bills that became law — renaming of a post office, a Haiti relief bill, and an alteration to the national flood insurance program. In 2005, Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., was added to a liberal watchdog’s running list of the most corrupt members of Congress. Waters was added again in 2006 to the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington’s annual report on D.C. corruption. They added her again in 2009 and one more time in 2011.
The congresswoman’s daughter, Karen Waters, collected more than $200,000 for heading a slate mailer operation for her mother’s 2018 re-election campaign, the Washington Free Beacon reported, citing new Federal Election Commission data:
Karen Waters has pulled in hefty payments from the campaign to run a slate mailer operation after the FEC issued an advisory opinion in October 2004 allowing Waters to run the operation from the Citizens for Waters, her mother’s campaign committee. Prior to 2006, Karen ran the arrangement through LA Vote, a state committee in California.
Karen is in charge of slate mailers, or endorsement mailers, in which candidates pay Rep. Waters’s campaign to appear on mailers that are sent to more than 200,000 residents in the South Central Los Angeles area, where Waters holds a good amount of clout. The mailers contain a sample ballot and quotes of support from Waters.
The campaign was paid more than $200,000 from the likes of Democratic candidates and judges in California during the most recent (2018-midterms) campaign cycle.
From 2006 through the end of the 2016 election cycle, Karen Waters’ firm, Progressive Connections, has collected more than $600,000 in campaign funds from her mom’s campaign committee, the Free Beacon also reported. The congresswoman’s daughter also received an additional $108,862 in payments from the committee during the 2018 midterm election cycle, according to the FEC.
Earlier, in 2004, the Los Angeles Times reported separately that Waters’ relatives pocketed more than $1 million over the course of eight years from businesses and political campaigns that were in some way connected to the congresswoman. The reporting showed that her children profited directly from her connections, including that they collected hefty fees from campaigns she had endorsed. The California lawmaker defended herself at the time by saying, “They do their business and I do mine.”
In 2010, for example, Waters was charged with 3 counts of violations of the House’s ethics rules after it was reported that she had used her connections to ensure a $12 million federal bailout of OneUnited Bank, which had contributed heavily to her campaign and where her husband (who had also previously worked at OneUnited Bank) owned a sizable amount of stock (~$350,000) that would have been “worthless” if the bank failed. As stockholders, she and her husband profited handsomely from their relationship with the bank. Waters had allegedly helped OneUnited CEO Kevin Cohee secure a meeting to ask for $50 million in bailout funds, triggering a House ethics investigation. Cohee had previously hosted a fundraiser for Waters at his home and that he and his wife contributed to her campaign on “numerous occasions.”
It was a mutually beneficial relationship. After Waters’s office personally intervened and lobbied the Treasury Department in 2008, OneUnited received $12 million in federal TARP bailout money — despite another government agency concluding that the bank operated “without effective underwriting standards” and engaged “in speculative investment practices.” After the federal bailout of Fannie/Freddie, OneUnited’s stock in the government-sponsored enterprises plunged to a value estimated at less than $5 million. Only through Waters’s intervention was OneUnited able to secure an emergency meeting with the Treasury and then-Secretary Henry Paulson.
In addition, she arranged a meeting between the National Bankers Association (NBA), a trade group of minority owned banks of which OneUnited is a member, and Treasury officials, in which three of the four attendees NBA invited had ties to OneUnited, according to an Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) report. She was cleared of the charges in 2012, her grandson taking the fall – he merely received a reprimand. The fact that her grandson handled the OneUnited matter for her raises even more ethics concerns, watchdogs argue. House rules bar members from hiring for their congressional offices nearly anyone with a family relationship, though not grandchildren.2
Tom Fitton, Judicial Watch president, reported that Waters’s friend and fellow California Democratic congresswoman Zoe Lofgren helped delay Waters’s scheduled 2010 House ethics trial on the matter by stalling subpoenas and improperly firing two attorneys working on the investigation. Six of ten House Ethics panel members quit the case in 2012 over questions about their partiality. An outside investigator absolved Waters of any wrongdoing.
Reports also emerged during the OneUnited scandal involving her husband in which a powerful lobbyist had paid him $15,000 in “consulting fees” and in return she co-sponsored a law aimed at saving a business that was among the lobbyist’s top clients. The IRS had determined that firm in question was a scam. Maxines measure would have overturned the federal ban and the scam business would continue raking in lucrative profits. The firm in question acted as a middleman to help sellers finance down payments so that low-income buyers could qualify for mortgages insured by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA). The lobbyist who paid Waters’ husband represented the nation’s largest such middleman which stood to lose hundreds of millions of dollars if the ban wasn’t reversed. The federal ban was not overturned despite Waters concentrated efforts. She sponsored legislation several times to stop the ban or repeal it.
The democrats chose Waters to be the ranking member on the House Financial Services Committee in 2012 despite (or perhaps because of) her many transgressions over the years. The committee has jurisdiction over all issues pertaining to the economy, the banking system, monetary policy and international finance.
Waters has also come under fire for skirting federal elections rules with a shady fundraising gimmick that allows her to receive unlimited amounts of donations from certain contributors. For years the veteran Los Angeles lawmaker has raked in hundreds of thousands of dollars in short periods of time by selling her endorsement to other politicians and political causes for as much as $45,000 a pop instead of raising most of her campaign funds from individuals and political action committees.
Among the dozens of insane comments Waters has made throughout her time in political life, some of the highlights include talking about how she was once a millennial. She also said that the rioters who were attacking Koreatown during the L.A. riots were just “mothers who took this as an opportunity to take some milk, to take some bread, to take some shoes.” She has made worldwide headlines for her frequent trips to communist Cuba to visit her convicted cop-assassin friend, Joanne Chesimard, who is also known by her Black Panther name of Assata Shakur. Chesimard was sentenced to life in prison after being convicted by a jury of the 1979 murder of a New Jersey State Trooper. With the help of fellow cult members, she escaped from jail and fled to Cuba.
Outraged U.S. lawmakers insisted she be extradited but Waters always stood by her side, likening the cop-assassin to civil rights leader Martin Luther King. In fact, she wrote Cuban Dictator Fidel Castro a letter to assure him that she was not part of the group of U.S. legislators who voted for a resolution to extradite the cop murderer. Waters told Castro that she opposed extradition because Chesimard was “politically persecuted” in the U.S. and simply seeking political asylum in Havana, where she still lives. She apologized to Fidel Castro for opposing his regime and thanked him for protecting the convicted murderer, Assata Shakur.
In early 2018, Waters was among the members of Congress the Republican Jewish Coalition called on to resign due to her connections with Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan. Between 1993 and 2006, Waters repeatedly met with and had publicity photos taken with Farrakhan.
She’s earned a lifetime of left-wing adoration for whitewashing the deadly riots as a “rebellion,” excusing the week-long shooting, looting, and arson orgy as “a spontaneous reaction to a lot of injustice and a lot of alienation and frustration,” and coddling Crips and Bloods gang members — with whom she performed the Electric Slide as part of her “fearless support and understanding of young people and their efforts at self-expression.”
Michelle Malkin, who covered Waters in the early 1990s as an editorial writer and columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News, says that,
Her federally funded Maxine Waters Employment Preparation Center was a gang-infested boondoggle.
She embraced Damian Williams, the infamous thug who hurled a chunk of concrete at white truck driver Reginald Denny and performed a victory dance over the bloodied innocent bystander.
And she and her family personally profited from her rise to racially demagogic power.
She owns a tony mansion in predominantly white Hancock Park, several miles outside her congressional district.
She secured an ambassadorship to the Bahamas for her husband, a former pro football player and car salesman whose main qualification was having traveled to the island for a vacation.
Mad Maxine said that dropping all charges against hate hoaxer Jussie Smollett was ‘correct thing’
There doesn’t seem to be any clear delineation between Waters’ “business” and the rest of her family’s “business.” Everyone in that family is making bank on mom’s safe seat in Congress. But so is she. She lives in a $4.3 million dollar mansion, but claims Tucker Carlson is racist for questioning her finances. Apparently, 40 years working for the government makes you a lot of dough. Waters’s government cronyism and self-dealing earned her a “Most Corrupt member of Congress” designation from the left-wing Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington five times — in 2005, 2006, 2009, 2011, and 2017.
In September 2018, many Republicans on the Senate Judiciary had their home addresses and phone numbers published on their Wikipedia pages resulting in hundreds of anonymous calls. The victims included Republican Senators Mike Lee, Orrin Hatch of Utah, and Lindsey Graham, among others. 4plebs, an internet sleuth, traced the IP to the House of Representatives and then to Maxine Waters’s office. Kathleen Sengstock, a staffer for Maxine waters, had posted from this IP previously, soperhaps she or another of Maxwell’s staffers was guilty of the doxxing, but Waters, of course, denied all allegations.
Maxine Waters’ phone call with ‘Greta Thunberg’ was apparently the work of Russian pranksters – Rep. Waters appeared to have been tricked by Russian pranksters into thinking she was speaking on the phone with Greta Thunberg and that the teenage climate activist had dirt on President Trump. Vladimir Kuznetsov and Alexey Stolyarov, who go by the names Vovan and Lexus on YouTube, released audio of a phone conversation allegedly between Waters and people she believed to be Thunberg and her father. The audio was accompanied by illustrations poking fun at the conversation.
Waters is a vocal critic of President Donald Trump. She earned criticism for saying she wanted to “take Trump out” and called him “the most dishonorable and despicable human being to ever serve in the office of the president.” She incited violence on Trump supporters causing Judicial Watch to file an ethics complaint against her in July 2018. She called For President Trump to be “imprisoned and placed in solitary confinement.”