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Federal election campaign reports show that Karen Waters‘ firm was paid $33,000 by the Waters political committee through June but was still owed $82,000 for her work in the primary. The records show the firm was paid $40,500 in 2005, $80,000 in 2006, $73,500 in 2007, $73,500 in 2008 and $54,000 in 2009.

The House ethics committee and the FEC say federal office holders can pay relatives from campaign funds for “bona fide” services but must pay reasonable or fair market rates.

Karen Waters did not return phone messages left at her office.

Mrs. Waters‘ sample ballot is one of 81 mailers registered in California - run by politicians, consultants and interest groups - that charge fees to list selected candidates and initiatives. But, according to the Sunlight Foundation, a government watchdog organization, Mrs. Waters is the only member of Congress who reported raising money by using slate mailers.