Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Pelosi Paying Hubby From PAC

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San Fran Nan is in a bit of trouble:

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.

...Lawmakers' frequent use of campaign donations to pay relatives emerged as an issue in the 2006 election campaigns, when the Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal gave Democrats fodder to criticize Republicans such as former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay of Texas and Rep. John T. Doolittle of California for putting their wives on their campaign and PAC payrolls for fundraising work.

Last year, Mrs. Pelosi supported a bill that would have banned members of Congress from putting spouses on their campaign staffs. The bill - which passed the House in a voice vote but did not get out of a Senate committee - banned not only direct payments by congressional campaign committees and PACs to spouses for services including consulting and fundraising, but also "indirect compensation," such as payments to companies that employ spouses.
This is from the Washington Times and will never make the pages of the Washington Post or New York Times until it becomes a full-blown scandal (and the MSM will do everything possible to keep that from happening). Yet, Pelosi is caught with her hand in the cookie jar and the GOP will be ready to pounce, especially after the speech she gave slamming them just moments before the biggest vote in decades.

It's time for the RNC to strike and strike hard. Run ad after ad on this, it's an issue that Americans can grasp easily: A politician hired her spouse and pays him an exorbitant fee thus enriching herself. It's not illegal but is most-definitely shady. It's time to make the Speaker of the House sweat.

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