Skip to comments.(Mad Maxine) Waters, seeking top panel perch, hasnít donated to Dem campaign committee
Posted on 03/11/2012 1:28:03 PM PDT by Libloather
Waters, seeking top panel perch, hasnt donated to Dem campaign committee
By Molly K. Hooper - 03/11/12 05:00 AM ET
Rep. Maxine Waters (Calif.), who is looking to replace Rep. Barney Frank (Mass.) as the top Democrat on a powerful panel, hasnt contributed a dime to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) this election cycle.
The dearth of donations to the DCCC could significantly hamper Waterss goal of becoming Franks heir on the Financial Services Committee.
According to the most recent DCCC dues sheet obtained by The Hill, Waters has raised only $500 for the DCCC and paid none of her dues.
The next highest-ranking Democrat on the Financial Services Committee, Rep. Carolyn Maloney (N.Y.), has paid $73,000 in dues, raised more than $100,000 and contributed/raised more than $140,000 for endangered incumbents or candidates in the DCCCs Red to Blue program. Maloney represents a large chunk of Manhattan, where many wealthy Democratic donors reside.
At press time, it was unclear how much DCCC are requesting from Waters and Maloney during the 2012 cycle. In 2010, Waterss dues level was $300,000 while Maloneys was $250,000. Waterss level was higher because she served, and continues to serve, as a chief deputy whip.
Waterss lack of transfers to the DCCC is not new as she has not met her DCCC goals in recent cycles. And while that has not cost her a job as a whip, it will be a factor in whether she secures the top Democratic spot on the Financial Services Committee.
Following the 2010 election, Maloney was passed over for the top Democratic spot on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee for Rep. Elijah Cummings (Md.), a lower-ranking committee member who is a member of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC).
Waters, a CBC member, recently expressed her confidence that she will replace Frank during a speech to the 2012 California State Democratic Convention.
Let me let you on a secret: I am the senior-most person serving on the Financial Services Committee. Barney Frank is about to retire, and guess whos shaking in their boots? The too-big-to-fail banks and financial institutions and all of Wall Street because Maxine Waters is going to be the next chair of the Financial Services Committee, she said.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D), Waterss colleague in the California delegation, is expected to play a major role in deciding who will replace Frank. Throughout prior cycles and this one, Pelosi has repeatedly urged her Democratic colleagues to pony up their dues to the DCCC.
Some CBC members have balked at dues mandates, pointing out that they represent less affluent districts than other members of the House Democratic Caucus.
Waters is certainly not sitting on a large war chest. As of the latest federal filing deadline, Waterss personal campaign account had $34,315 cash-on-hand while her political action committee (PAC) had $6,643 cash-on-hand.
Meanwhile, Maloneys personal campaign fund had $876,400 cash-on-hand while her PAC had $39,411 cash-on-hand.
Recognizing the CBCs concerns about dues, the DCCC has said it will recognize other ways members can pitch in to help Democrats win back the House. Yet, the dues sheet figures indicate Waters has not significantly helped the committee in ways other than direct transfers.
Waterss bid for the top Democratic spot is also plagued by an ongoing ethics investigation looking into whether she violated House rules by arranging a meeting between Treasury Department officials and a bank in which her husband had a financial interest.
Regardless, CBC has long stressed the need for the House Democratic Caucus to weigh seniority heavily in picking chairmen and ranking members. That pressure clearly favors Waters, a liberal lawmaker who is known for speaking her mind.
Maloney has not yet indicated if she will seek the top perch on the Financial Services panel though many on Capitol Hill believe she is seriously considering a run for the post.
Waters and Maloney did not comment for this article.
Maxine didn’t pay to play?
But that’s racist to demand she pay her ‘fare’ share.
Another “whitey-hating” commie.....I guess we need more in power......sarc/
Still waiting for her ethics investigation
She’s counting on her good looks to get her the job.
Barney Franks is a corrupt, deviate, fugdepacker, disengenious and immoral, but at least Barney Frank was a intelligent man...nobody can accuse him of being stupid.
Maxine Waters is door knob stupid and that's being nice
Very good, indeed. You made me laugh, big time.
An evil, petty, entitled wench.
Somehow, I don’t think Barney Frank has many legitimate heirs...
Shes counting on her good looks to get her the job.
Nope: On her skin color. and it will work too.
Waterss personal campaign account had $34,315 cash-on-hand while her political action committee (PAC) had $6,643 cash-on-hand.
Kinda makes ya wonder how she manages to get reelected
Maxine Waters Ethics Case: 6 Committee Members Recuse Themselves Los Angeles Times ^ | Richard Simon - Friday, February 17, 2012 3:05:05 PM
The tumultuous ethics case against Rep. Maxine Waters, one of Los Angeles most enduring politicians, took another strange turn Friday as six members of the House Ethics Committee recused themselves from considering the charges against her.
Committee Chairman Jo Bonner (R-Ala.) said that all five of the panels Republicans, including himself, and one Democrat were taking the unusual action of recusing themselves from further involvement in the long-running Waters case "out of an abundance of caution and to avoid even an appearance of unfairness." Six new House members immediately were named to the bipartisan panel to consider all matters related to the Waters case.
Maxine Waters Ethics Trial Stalls. Again. (Who Is Surprised?) | July 23, 2011 | Patrick Richadson
Waters threatens to sue the House Ethics Committee for mishandling her case.
Its notable that Waters is not asking for the case to be dismissed on the merits, but only because she claims she can no longer get a fair trial.
Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., chairman of the Financial Services Committee, said in an interview that he inserted the provision for minority banks to protect OneUnited because it is based in his state.
The provision sought by Waters and inserted by Frank told the Treasury Department that it should consider for bailout money banks that had an asset size of $1 billion or less, and whose size dropped to a lower range because they owned devalued preferred stock in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
The only bank that language would affect was OneUnited.
Waters is accused of using her influence to gain special treatment for Massachusetts-based bank OneUnited, which received $12 million in bailout funds. Changing a law was required in order to get them the money. Her husband, former Ambassador Sidney Williams, owned more than $350,000 in stock in the bank, and had also been a board member.
Citing gross misconduct, the lawyer representing Democratic Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) is asking the House Ethics Committee to dismiss all charges against his client.
In a letter addressed to the chairman of the House Ethics Committee, Republican Jo Bonner of Alabama, and the committee's top Democrat, Linda Sanchez, Waters' attorney Stanley Brand cited internal documents showing a close relationship between two former committee lawyers in the case and Republican committee members, saying any further action by the committee would be irremediably tainted and without legal foundation.
Rep. Waters is a senior member of the House Financial Services Committee. The committee alleges that she tried to obtain a federal bailout for a minority-owned bank where her husband is an investor.
Based on the facts of the case and the record of committee misconduct, the only remedy that vindicates the principals of the quasi-judicial functions of the committee is immediate dismissal with prejudice. No other remedy exists to cure this misconduct, Atty. Brand wrote.
Rep. Waters has repeatedly denied wrongdoing, saying she had no role in the Obama administration's decision to bail out Boston-based OneUnited Bank. The congresswoman's husband, Sidney Williams, owns stock in the bank, and his investment was in danger of becoming worthless during the near-financial collapse of late 2008.
OneUnited received $12 million in bailout money in December 2008. But Treasury Department officials have told House investigators that Rep. Waters was not involved in that decision.
Rep. Waters contended she had supported legislation to help all troubled, minority-owned banks like OneUnitedand specifically those, like OneUnited, that were hurt by their investments in the then-collapsing mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
Atty. Brand said internal documents showed that the two former lawyers regularly corresponded exclusively last year with Rep. Bonner, then the ranking Republican and now the ethics chairman.
The two lawyers, C. Morgan Kim and Stacy Sovereign, were suspended last year by the previous Democratic chairman, Zoe Lofgren of California. Neither accepted Atty. Bonner's offer earlier this year to reinstate them.
The committee had charged Rep. Waters with violating House rules and was ready to begin a proceeding on her conduct late last year, but the case was sent back for further investigation after the controversy erupted over the conduct of the two lawyers.
Atty. Brand said in his statement that if there is prosecutorial misconduct in a criminal case, a judge would usually dismiss the charges. He also said the case was flawed.
Given that both current members and staff are implicated in these documents, any other suggested remedy would lack legal credibility and would confirm an unprecedented level of bias against my client, Atty. Brand added.
Meanwhile ethics watchdogs are calling on Rep. Bonner to step down as chairman of the House Ethics Committeeat least temporarilyfor his role in the ongoing turmoil over Rep. Waters' case.
I think there needs to be an investigation into the whole matter, including Mr. Bonner's role and that Mr. Bonner should step aside during the course of that investigation, said Melanie Sloan, executive director of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington.
If Mr. Bonner is found to have broken the committee's rules, he should be sanctioned by the full House.
Blake Chisam, the chief counsel and staff director for the ethics panel, initially sought to fire Kim and Sovereign on Nov. 19, but was unable to do so.
It is unclear if the decision to place Kim and Sovereign on paid leave was related to the Waters case or another matter, although they were placed in that status on the same day that Reps. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) and Jo Bonner (R-Ala.), the chairwoman and ranking member of the committee, announced the Waters trial was delayed. The committee announced that it had new information, including e-mails from Mikael Moore, Waters' chief of staff, that would have an impact on the Waters matter.