Earmark investigation: Nancy Pelosi on San Francisco light-rail project

February 7, 2012

Over the past decade, Pelosi has secured $50 million in earmarks to help build a light-rail project that provides direct access to San Francisco’s Union Square and Chinatown for neighborhoods located south of Market Street. Pelosi’s husband, Paul Pelosi, owns a four-story commercial building a few blocks from Union Square and several blocks from Chinatown. Pelosi’s financial disclosure form shows the building is worth between $1 million to $5 million and that her husband earns an undisclosed salary for managing the building. Business owners and leaders in Chinatown and other city officials lobbied for the project, which is under construction. These earmarks were previously reported by Peter Schweizer in his book “Throw Them All Out.”

See Nancy Pelosi’s earmark here

Thirty-three members of Congress have steered more than $300 million in earmarks and other spending provisions to dozens of public projects that are next to or near the lawmakers’ own property, according to a Washington Post investigation. Under the ethics rules Congress has written for itself, this is both legal and undisclosed.

 

In the first review of its kind, The Post analyzed public records on the holdings of all 535 members and compared them with earmarks members had sought for pet projects, most of them since 2008. The process uncovered appropriations for work in close proximity to commercial and residential real estate owned by the lawmakers or their family members. The review also found 16 lawmakers who sent tax dollars to companies, colleges or community programs where their spouses, children or parents work as salaried employees or serve on boards.

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