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The Weekly Fix: How Democrats and Their Families Get Richer

The fix is in. The 2018 midterm elections are quickly approaching, which means congressional Democrats are fundraising like crazy to expand their influence in the House and Senate.

We can predict whose bidding congressional Democrats will do in the next session, based on where their campaign donations are coming from.

For example: In the last fundraising quarter, Democrat Senator Heidi Heitkamp received only 3 percent (or $21,318) of campaign funds from inside her home state of North Dakota. According to the Washington Free Beacon, employees of Goldman Sachs donated almost twice as much as North Dakotans. Forty-three percent of Heitkamp’s fundraising last quarter came from New York and California.

If we continue following the money, we can’t help but notice that many Democrats use campaign donations to enjoy special perks and pad the wallets of family members.

So far in 2017, Rep. William Lacy Clay (D-MO) has directed 65 percent of his campaign expenditures (more than $100,000) toward his sister's law firm, which has no website and lists a residential home as the business address.

Throughout her career, Karen Waters (daughter of Rep. Maxine Waters) has personally made over $750,000 in a “slate mailer” operation that allows candidates and outside groups to pay for her mother’s political endorsement without breaking the law.

Democrat Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee spent almost $10,000 of campaign funds on Super Bowl tickets. Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) paid his wife $347,000 in campaign donations from 2010 to 2016, and paid his daughters thousands more.

The fact pattern is clear. Special interest groups donate to Democrat candidates, and those candidates kick the money back to their families. Next, the elected legislators make votes to protect their special interest donors, and the beat goes on.

Congressional Democrats and their families get richer, while the national debt continues to rise and middle-class families get taxed into oblivion. It’s time to take a stand. The American people aren’t being heard by government because the game is rigged. Washington isn’t broken. It’s “fixed.”