Complaints filed with FEC over Maxine Waters’ fundraising activities


MAKERS. KRAFT HEINZ ITSELF IS UP 7%. HOW DOES THAT GRAB YOU? COMPLAINTS OVER MAXINE WATERS FUND-RAISING ACTIVITIES. COME ON IN PETER FLAHERTY CHAIR OF THE NATIONAL LEGAL POLICY CENTER. COULD YOU EXPLAIN EXACTLY WHAT YOU ALLEGE SHE DID WRONG?>>GOOD MORNING, STUART. CERTAINLY. WE FILED A COMPLAINT WITH THE FEDERAL ELECTION COMMISSION ALLEGING THAT MAXINE WATERS IN HER CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE VIOLATED THE FEDERAL ELECTION CAMPAIGN ACT BY ACCEPTING A 35,000-DOLLARS PAYMENT FOR HER SO-CALLED SLATE MAILER FROM THE CAMPAIGN OF THEN CANDIDATE KAMALA HARRIS IN 2006. NOW — STUART: HOLD ON A SECOND. HOLD ON A SECOND. I HAVE TO STOP YOU THERE. A SLATE MAILER. NOW WAS THIS SOMETHING THAT MAXINE WATERS CREATED, A SLATE MAIL LETTER? WHAT IS IT?>>YES. SHE PUTS OUT THESE SLATE CALIFORNIA. SHE IS THE ONLY MEMBER OF A ADVISORY OPINION FROM THE FEC BACK IN 2004. SORT OF CARVED OUT A LOOPHOLE. WE BELIEVE SHE EXPLOITED IT IN THIS CASE DONE SO ILLEGALLY. THESE SLATE MAILERS HAVE BEEN CONTROVERSIAL FOR YEARS. THEY HAVE BEEN CRITICIZED BY BOTH RIGHT AND LEFT.>>WHAT IS IT? WHAT IS IT?>>FOOD — GOOD QUESTION. IT IS LIKE A SAMPLE BALLOT. WHAT YOU GET FROM POLITICAL PARTIES BEFORE YOU GO INTO THE POLLING PLACE. SHE MAILS THEM OUT BEFORE THE ELECTION. IT HAS HER PICTURE ON IT AND SLATE OF PERSONAL ENDORSEMENTS. WHAT IS INTERESTING SHE CHARGES OTHER CANDIDATES TO BE ON IT. BECAUSE OF THE LOOPHOLE THE FEC ALLOWS, THEY’RE ABLE TO MAKE PAYMENTS TO HER IN EXCESS OF CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS UNDER THE FEDERAL ELECTION CAMPAIGN ACT. STUART: THE BOTTOM LINE, SHE CREATES A LIST OF CANDIDATES WHICH SHE APPARENTLY ENDORSES, AND SHE GOT, WHAT, $35,000, FROM KAMALA HARRIS, SENATOR HARRIS.>>THAT’S CORRECT. IT DID NOT COME FROM HARRIS’S CAMPAIGN WHICH WOULD HAVE BEEN COMMITTEE OF CALIFORNIA. THAT IS THE VIOLATION. WE BELIEVE WHERE THERE IS SMOKE AUDIT OF MAXINE WATERS CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE. STUART: SO IT SOUNDS LIKE IT IS NOT GLARINGLY ILLEGAL. IT IS TECHNICAL ILLEGAL, WOULD THAT BE ACCURATE?>>NO THIS IS ILLEGAL. IT IS STRAIGHTFORWARD. THESE MAILERS HAVE BEEN CONTROVERSIAL FOR YEARS BUT THIS IS THE FIRST TIME THAT THERE HAS COMPLAINT WHICH WILL BE A MORE FAR-REACHING RESULT OF THE SCRUTINY WE’RE GIVING HER CAMPAIGN FILINGS NOW. COMPLAINT. WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?>>WELL THE WAY IT IS SET UP NOW, SHE TAKES IN ALL THE MONEY BUT IT IS UNCLEAR WHETHER THE MONEY IS ACTUALLY SPENT PROPORTIONALLY AND PROPERLY ON THE MAILINGS. BENEFICIARY OF THIS OPERATION. SHE HAS RECEIVED OVER $750,000 OVER THE YEARS FOR COORDINATING THESE THINGS. IT IS UNCLEAR HOW MUCH WORK IS ACTUALLY ENTAILED. IT DOES APPEAR TO BE A KAREN WATERS PRIMARY SOURCE OF INCOME. STUART: OKAY. THAT IS A MORE SIGNIFICANT ITEM

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