Pelosi's PAC Funds Raises Questions

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New ethical questions are being raised about House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

The Washington Times has discovered that Pelosi's political action committee has paid her husband nearly $100,000 over the past decade. The money went to Paul Pelosi's real estate and investment firm.

Last year, Pelosi supported banning the practice of paying a spouse with political donations. But the Times reports that Mr. Pelosi has now taken over as treasurer of his wife's PAC, and his company is set to take in another $48,000 this year.

That quadruples the amount his company has received during the past 10 years, making his company the largest vendor to Mrs. Pelosi's PAC.

Pelosi's office says she's done nothing wrong.

"She's followed all the appropriate rules and regulations in terms of records and paperwork," Brendan Daly, Mrs. Pelosi's spokesman, told The Washington Times.

"When (former treasurer) Leo McCarthy became ill, she thought that it was best that that firm did the accounting, and she's paid fair market value in San Francisco," he added.

This is not the first time Mrs. Pelosi's PACs have been in trouble.

In 2004, one of her political action committees, Team Majority, was fined $21,000 by the FEC for accepting donations over federal limits.

It was one of two PACs she operated at the same time. The Team Majority PAC was closed shortly after the fine was levied.

Source: The Washington Times

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