FEC Complaint Filed Against Rep. Maxine Waters Alleging ‘Slate Mailer’ Election Law Violations

Today, NLPC filed a Complaint with the Federal Election Commission alleging that Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) violated federal election law in a transaction related to her so-called slate mailer during her last re-election campaign.

The transaction was a payment to Waters’ campaign fund from the Democratic State Central Committee of California (DSCCC) in the amount of $35,000 for the inclusion of then-Senate candidate, and now Senator Kamala Harris, on Waters’ slate mailer. Whereas candidates like Harris may legally pay Waters’ campaign for the proportional costs of their inclusion on her slate mailer, it is not legal for such payment to be made by a third party like the DSCCC.

Waters’ slate mailers have been a matter of controversy for years. They resemble a sample ballot distributed by political parties before and during elections, but contain Waters’ personal endorsements. She pioneered a new way to use slate mailers by seeking an … Read More ➡

Shameless Menendez Set to Blow Off Melgen Repayment?

Senator Robert Menendez, D-N.J., is on a good luck streak. On April 26, the Senate Ethics Committee formally admonished Menendez, who had faced multiple bribery charges until the Justice Department dropped the case four months ago. The ethics panel had concluded that he “knowingly and repeatedly accepted gifts” from a Florida eye doctor, Salomon Melgen, who was convicted in a separate case. It also ordered Menendez “to repay the fair market value of all impermissible gifts not already paid.” While Menendez several years ago repaid $58,500, a sum he says reflects the value of the gifts, the true figure is likely a lot higher. True to form, the committee did not provide its own dollar figure.

Robert Menendez for several years had a close friendship with a Dominican-born, North Palm Beach, Fla.-based ophthalmologist, Salomon Melgen, a man with a gift for extracting Medicare reimbursements for unnecessary and often excruciating … Read More ➡

Pelosi Doubles Down on Cardenas Ethics Probe Subterfuge

When House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi speaks, her colleagues listen. But should they? On Wednesday, May 16, Pelosi, D-Calif., reiterated her view that the House Ethics Committee should investigate fellow California Democrat Tony Cardenas in relation to an alleged sexual assault he committed against a female teen 11 years ago. The committee responded that it did not have the authority to do this because the event occurred over three congressional cycles ago. Pelosi, herself a veteran of the panel, is aware of this rule. So why does she want a probe that can’t be undertaken?

As NLPC noted Monday, Tony Cardenas, a three-term House member and the chief campaign fundraising for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, has a skeleton rattling about his closet. As the “John Doe” defendant cited in a lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on April 27, Cardenas allegedly sexually molested an unnamed 16-year-old girl in 2007, … Read More ➡

Pelosi’s Insincere Call for Ethics Probe of Rep. Tony Cardenas

Rep. Tony Cardenas (left), and friends.

For California Congressman Tony Cardenas, what goes around may be coming around. A lawsuit filed on April 27 by an unnamed plaintiff in Los Angeles is accusing Cardenas, identified in the suit only as “John Doe,” of sexually molesting a teenaged girl back in 2007 when he was a member of the Los Angeles City Council. The suit is seeking a jury trial and unspecified damages. Cardenas revealed himself as John Doe a week later. He and his attorney, Patricia Glaser, are denying all allegations and are claiming the suit is malicious.

Tony Cardenas, now 55, represents California’s 29th District, which covers the north-central part of the San Fernando Valley. Now in his third term in the House of Representatives, Cardenas already has made his presence felt. He holds leadership positions with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California and Minority Whip Steny … Read More ➡