The House ethics committee today released three charges of ethical wrongdoing against Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters of California.
The charges relate to whether Waters gave inappropriate assistance to a bank to which she had personal connections in getting federal bailout money.
The committee says Waters organized a meeting in 2008 between Treasury officials and executives from OneUnited Bank, where her husband was once a board member and had large investments. The bank received $12 million from the federal government’s Troubled Asset Relief Program.
The first charge against Waters states she violated a House rule that members must “behave at all times in a manner that shall reflect creditably on the House.” Waters should have instructed her chief of staff to stop assisting OneUnited once it became clear she should not be involved in helping the bank, but she failed to do so, the charges state.
Her staff’s “continued involvement in assisting OneUnited created an appearance that [Waters] was taking official action for [Waters’] personal benefit, which did not reflect creditably on the House,” the charges state.
This is old news, but it isn’t the first time she has been charged with ethics related violations.
This charge has to do with The California congresswoman raising hundreds of thousands of dollars each election cycle from some of her state’s biggest politicians paying to be listed on her slate mailers—sample ballots traditionally mailed out to about 200,000 voters in Los Angeles highlighting whom she supports.
Since 2004, the campaign in turn reportedly has paid $750,000 to the congresswoman’s daughter, Karen Waters, or her public relations firm Progressive Connections for help producing them.
House Democrat Charlie Rangel was also charged with multiple ethics violations this summer and will stand trial before the committee in the fall.
h/t No Dhimmi