Pelosi's PAC Paid Husband's Firm $99K for Work

Transaction legal, but would have been banned by bill Dem Speaker supported
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 1, 2008 3:45 PM CDT
The firm owned by Paul Pelosi collected $99,000 the past 9 years for work that included accounting for wife Nancy Pelosi's political action committee.    (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Nancy Pelosi paid her husband’s company $99,000 through her political action committee during the past 9 years, the Washington Times reports. Payments to Paul Pelosi’s Financial Leasing Services are routine fees for accounting and office-space rent payments, but would have been illegal under a bill Pelosi supported last year, which aimed to ban “indirect compensation” through PACs and campaign committees to lawmakers’ spouses.

“Democrats are committed to reforming the way Washington does business,” Pelosi said last year in support of the bill, which passed the House but was killed in Senate committees. The speaker’s office has defended the payments as perfectly legal, which they are, but critics counter that the self-dealing arrangement nonetheless sends the wrong message.