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BREAKING: Top Dems Ilhan Omar, Maxine Waters Caught Paying Family Members Millions From Campaign Funds

The Republican members of Congress want to stop their colleagues from including family members on their campaign payrolls after several top Democratic lawmakers were called out for the practice.The Family Integrity to Reform Elections (FIRE) Act, was introduced by Rep. Pat Fallon (R-Texas) with the goal of stopping this behavior. 

“Maxine Waters [paid] $1.1 million to her daughter from campaign funds,” Fallon told The Post in a statement. “Ilhan Omar, $2.9 million to her husband from campaign funds. James Clyburn, over $200,000 to multiple family members from his campaign.”

The South Carolina Democrat, Clyburn’s campaign expenditures have made their way to five relatives, including two of his daughters, their husbands and a grandson, the records show. 

One family member benefiting from his campaign’s operations is Jennifer Clyburn Reed, Rep. Clyburn’s daughter, who has pocketed $45,000 for a “campaign management fee” between July and December 2020.

“The numbers speak for themselves,” Fallon added. “Americans are sick of politicians abusing their voters’ hard-earned money. This modern-day spoils system must end. My bill shines light on shady campaign finance practices while punishing those who take advantage of these funds to enrich their families.”

If the bill becomes law, any candidate who violates the ban would face a fine of either $100,000 for each violation or twice the amount paid to the family members — whichever is greater — and/or imprisonment for up to two years. The campaign committee would not be permitted to reimburse the candidate for any of the penalties. 

Co-sponsors of the FIRE Act include Rep. Ronny Jackson (R-TX), Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX), Rep. Jake Ellzey (R-TX), Rep. Randy Weber (R-TX), Rep. Byron Donalds (R-TX), Rep. Brian Babin (R-TX), and Rep. Andrew Garbarino (R-NY).

Karen Waters, who has been organizing slate-mailing operations to bolster her mother’s re-election for nearly two decades, and her company, Progressive Connections, have received more than $1.2 million since 2003 for campaign services, including “slate mailer management” fees and “campaign managing services.”

A “Citizens for Waters” campaign committee filing from earlier this week shows that the younger Waters received $24,000 from the committee between January and March 2022.

A consulting firm co-owned by Rep. Ilhan Omar’s husband, Tim Mynett, appears to be back in business after ostensibly halting its political operations at the federal level following controversy stemming from Omar’s campaign shelling out millions to the company. 

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