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Originally Appeared on Glamour
c: Time to know your DEM CON on integrity: 2004, Waters' relatives had made more than $1 million during the preceding eight years by doing business with companies, candidates and causes that Waters had helped. When confronted with her and her husband’s helping a company get government bond business, and with daughter Karen Waters and son Edward Waters profiting from her connections, Waters replied that "They do their business and I do mine." Liberal watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington named Waters to its list of corrupt members of Congress in its 2005, 2006, 2009 and 2011 reports. Citizens Against Government Waste named her the June 2009 Porker of the Month due to her intention to obtain an earmark for the Maxine Waters Employment Preparation Center. Waters was accused and investigated by a House panel of ethics violation(s) related to her efforts to help OneUnited Bank receive federal aid. Waters' husband is a stockholder and former director of OneUnited Bank and the bank's executives were major contributors to her campaigns. September 2008, Waters arranged meetings between U.S. Treasury Department officials and OneUnited Bank, so that the bank could plead for federal cash. It had been heavily invested in Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, and its capital was "all but wiped out" after the U.S. government took them over when its capital was "all but wiped out". Waters told House Financial Services Committee chairman, DEM Barney Frank, about OneUnited's financial problem and her husband's role as a stockholder and former member of its board. Frank recognizing a conflict of interest, told to “stay out of it", that he would handle the matter. Waters "agreed to refrain from advocating on behalf of OneUnited," but failed to instruct her chief of staff, Mikael Moore, from doing so. Following the September 9 meeting between Treasury and National Bankers Association officials, Moore "was actively involved in assisting OneUnited representatives with their request for capital from Treasury and crafting legislation to authorize Treasury to grant the request" for financial assistance. "Reasonable" people could construe Moore's "continued involvement in assisting OneUnited as the dispensing of special favors or privileges to OneUnited," the report concluded. Months after that meeting, OneUnited received $12 million in funds from Treasury's Troubled Asset Relief Program, which did not exist at the time of the meeting.The bank received $12 million in Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) money. The matter was investigated by the House Ethics Committee, which charged her with violations of the House's ethics rules in 2010.