Diary

Ms. PAC-Man

There are many twists and turns in the maze in which Poison Pelosi’s PAC-Man gobbles up the “fruits” of politics that are campaign cash:

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has directed nearly $100,000 from her political action committee to her husband’s real estate and investment firm over the past decade, a practice of paying a spouse with political donations that she supported banning last year.

Financial Leasing Services Inc. (FLS), owned by Paul F. Pelosi, has received $99,000 in rent, utilities and accounting fees from the speaker’s “PAC to the Future” over the PAC’s nine-year history.

The payments have quadrupled since Mr. Pelosi took over as treasurer of his wife’s committee in 2007, Federal Election Commission records show. FLS is on track to take in $48,000 in payments this year alone – eight times as much as it received annually from 2000 to 2005, when the committee was run by another treasurer.

Saying, “Democrats are committed to reforming the way Washington does business,” the speaker supported a bill last year that would have banned members of Congress from putting spouses on their campaign staffs.

Just like in the famous electronic game, Ms. PAC-Man seems to have encountered one “ghost” she cannot avoid. As with all Democrats, you have to watch what they do, opposed to what they say.

  • JP