Democrats in Washington are up to their old tricks again! As Fox News reports, California Democrat Rep. Maxine Waters has been using campaign funds to line the pockets of her daughter, Karen Waters, to the tune of over $1.2 million since 2004.
It’s been revealed that Karen pocketed a staggering $192,300 from her mother’s campaign for her “slate mailer” operation between January 2021 and December 2022.
This is a highly unusual practice on the federal level, with critics claiming that it involves deceptive practices in which one campaign pays another for a politician’s backing in an election.
While the operation has been given the green light by the Federal Election Commission, it is still frowned upon by ethics experts. Republicans, however, aren’t sitting idly by and watching the Democrats abuse the system.
Texas Rep. Pat Fallon is introducing the Family Integrity to Reform Elections (FIRE) Act, which would prevent campaign funds from going to a candidate’s immediate family members. The bill would also hold the candidate directly responsible for any violations of this provision.
“The FIRE Act is a critical step to reducing nepotistic practices in American campaigns. Allowing direct family members to be on the take of campaigns must come to an end,” Fallon said. He went on to list the outrageous sums of money that Democrats have given to their family members from campaign funds, including Maxine Waters’ $1.2 million to her daughter, Ilhan Omar’s $2.9 million to her husband, and James Clyburn’s over $200,000 to multiple family members.
“Americans are sick of politicians abusing their voters’ hard-earned money. This modern-day spoils system must end,” Fallon added. “My bill shines a light on shady campaign finance practices while punishing those who take advantage of these funds to enrich their families.”
The FIRE Act, if passed, would bar any candidate running for federal office from compensating immediate family members for campaign services. It is currently legal for lawmakers to employ family members to work on campaigns, but Federal Election Commission regulations prohibit paying candidate relatives a salary unless they are “providing bona fide services to the campaign” and the salary represents “fair market value of the services provided.”
Democrats have been caught red-handed once again, using campaign funds to enrich themselves and their family members. It’s time for Republicans to take a stand and put an end to this abuse of the system.
The FIRE Act is the first step in restoring integrity and accountability to our elections. The time has come to protect the American people and their hard-earned money from being used as a personal piggy bank by Democrats.