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CAPITALIZING ON CLOUT; Capitalizing on a Politician's Clout; The husband, daughter and son of Rep. Maxine Waters have business links to people the influential lawmaker has aided.
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Los Angeles Times - Los Angeles, Calif.
Subjects: Municipal government; Families & family life; Influence; Politics
Author: Chuck Neubauer and Ted Rohrlich
Date: Dec 19, 2004
Start Page: A.1
Section: Main News; Part A; Metro Desk
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VOCAL: At an October meeting of the City Council, U.S. Rep. [Maxine Waters] spoke against Mayor [James K. Hahn]'s modernization plan for Los Angeles International Airport.; PHOTOGRAPHER: Gary Friedman Los Angeles Times; RECOMMENDATIONS: Rep. Maxine Waters' "slate mailer," a sample ballot, is used by many voters in South Los Angeles to guide their choices. This ballot from 1992 shows Waters' handwritten endorsement of Los Angeles County Supervisor [Yvonne Brathwaite Burke].; TRIUMPH: In 1986, Assembly Speaker [Willie Brown] hugged Waters after passage of her legislation requiring divestiture of state pension funds in South Africa, then under apartheid.; PHOTOGRAPHER: Los Angeles Times; GIVING VOICE: Waters, then a state assemblywoman, speaks to citizens at a 1981 demonstration in front of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors' meeting room. Over the years, Waters became a skilled street organizer, feared and admired for her ability to rally crowds around causes. She was first elected to Congress in 1990.; PHOTOGRAPHER: Los Angeles Times; FAMILY: From left, Rep. Maxine Waters' husband, [Sidney Williams], 62, who has helped a bond firm get business controlled by elected officials his wife has endorsed; [Karen Waters], 46, who has profited from advertising her mother's endorsements; and [Edward Waters], 49, who has also profited and, like his sister, served as a consultant on endorsees' campaigns. "They do their business, and I do mine," Rep. Waters said.; FAMILY: From left, Rep. Maxine Waters' husband, Sidney Williams, 62, who has helped a bond firm get business controlled by elected officials his wife has endorsed; Karen Waters, 46, who has profited from advertising her mother's endorsements; and Edward Waters, 49, who has also profited and, like his sister, served as a consultant on endorsees' campaigns. "They do their business, and I do mine," Rep. Waters said.; ALLIES: Waters greets President [Bill Clinto] as he arrives at Los Angeles International Airport on a 1998 fundraising trip for the Democratic Party. In 1993, Clinton, partly in gratitude for her early support, named Waters' husband U.S. ambassador to the Bahamas.; FAMILY: From left, Rep. Maxine Waters' husband, Sidney Williams, 62, who has helped a bond firm get business controlled by elected officials his wife has endorsed; Karen Waters, 46, who has profited from advertising her mother's endorsements; and Edward Waters, 49, who has also profited and, like his sister, served as a consultant on endorsees' campaigns. "They do their business, and I do mine," Rep. Waters said.; RECOMMENDATIONS: Rep. Maxine Waters' "slate mailer," a sample ballot, is used by many voters in South Los Angeles to guide their choices. This ballot from 1992 shows Waters' handwritten endorsement of Los Angeles County Supervisor Yvonne Brathwaite Burke.; [Ted B. Stevens]; [Harry Reid]; [John B. Breaux]; [Trent G. Lott]; [Orrin G. Hatch]; [Tom Daschle]; [Barbara Boxer]; [Curt Weldon]; [Nick J. Rahall II]; W.J. "Billy" [Tauzin Jr.]; [J. Dennis Hastert]; Maxine Waters

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