Who are Maxine Waters' children? Inside the lives of son Edward and daughter Karen who got $1M in campaign funds

According to reports, an FEC filing from 2020 showed that her daughter had received over $240,000 in payments from her campaign

                            Who are Maxine Waters' children? Inside the lives of son Edward and daughter Karen who got $1M in campaign funds
Maxine Waters is said to have diverted more than $1M for her daughter, Karen, through her campaigns (Getty Images)

The US is more or less prepared for statewide protests if Derek Chauvin is acquitted in the death of George Floyd. Especially, after Rep Maxine Waters' controversial video, in which she goaded crowds to stay on the streets and demand justice.

"We're looking for a guilty verdict and we're looking to see if all of the talk that took place and has been taking place after they saw what happened to George Floyd. If nothing does not happen, then we know that we got to not only stay in the street, but we have got to fight for justice," she added.


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While some were quick to believe in her intentions, others commented she was "inciting violence."

"Maxine Waters is inciting violence in Minneapolis — just as she has incited it in the past. If Speaker Pelosi doesn’t act against this dangerous rhetoric, I will bring action this week," Kevin McCarthy wrote. Ted Cruz tweeted: "Democrats actively encouraging riots & violence. They want to tear us apart. “'We gotta stay on the street,' Waters was recorded saying, adding that protesters needed 'to get more confrontational' & they should ignore the curfew in place."





"The bold move pulled by Maxine not only put off members of the Republican but judge Peter Cahill as well, who severely criticized elected officials talking about the case in a way that is "disrespectful." "I think if they want to give their opinions, they should do so in a respectful and in a manner that is consistent with their oath to the Constitution, to respect a coequal branch of government," CNN quoted him as saying. 

Who is Maxine Waters and who are her children?

Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Maxine was raised by a single mother. She was the fifth of the 13 children her mother brought up. Today, she is considered a strong and fearless voice in world politics, but her journey wasn't a smooth one. At age 13, she began working in factories and restaurants. When she moved to Los Angeles, Maxine joined a garment factory and telephone company. Soon, she enrolled in the California State University to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree. Later, Maxine "began her career in public service as a teacher and a volunteer coordinator in the Head Start program."

Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) speaks during a House Financial Services Committee hearing on April 10, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Getty Images)

According to her website, Maxine is married to Sidney Williams, the former US Ambassador to the Commonwealth of the Bahamas and is a mother of two children- Edward and Karen. While Edward has stayed on the quieter side, Karen has helped her mother with election campaigns, which pushed the mother-daughter duo into a bit of trouble.

Re-elected to represent California's 43rd Congressional District last year, Maxine came under fire from the Republicans and right-wing media after a Federal Election Commission (FEC) filing showed that her daughter, Karen, had received over $240,000 in payments from her mother's campaign. According to reports, Karen was paid the money in "various disbursements over a nearly two-year period."

Apparently, Maxine has cashed in more than $1M for her daughter through the campaigns since 2003. The figure appears to mirror what Karen received during her mother’s previous campaign in 2018, when the daughter was paid “more than $200,000,” according to a November 2018 report by the Washington Free Beacon. Karen is in charge of slate mailers or endorsement mailers, in which candidates pay Maxine's campaign to appear on mailers that are sent to more than 200,000 residents in the South Central Los Angeles area, where Maxine holds a good amount of clout.