Maxine Waters: Buy my endorsement 

From the Sunlight Foundation:

Longtime Democratic lawmaker Maxine Waters has perfected an unusual tactic for fundraising over the years – getting candidates, including some of California’s most prominent political figures, running for state and local offices, to pay as much as $45,000 for her endorsement on election mailers. In this election cycle alone, Waters has raised 59 percent of her campaign’s treasury through these “slate mailers.”

…State assembly candidates, judges, Los Angeles city council members and city attorneys, school board members and insurance commissioner hopefuls have all paid Waters’ campaign to appear on her slate mailers, often far in excess of the amount a political committee could legally contribute to a congressional campaign. In all, Waters has endorsed 46 candidates and ballot measures while collecting fees. She lends her opinion on five candidates and five measures free of charge.

h/t Mickey Kaus’ twitter feed.

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David Freddoso came to the Washington Examiner in June 2009, after serving for nearly two years as a Capitol Hill-based staff reporter for National Review Online. Before writing his New York Times bestselling book, The Case Against Barack Obama, he spent three years assisting Robert Novak, the legendary Washington... more
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