House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband purchased 2,500 shares of Tesla stock amid Democrats’ push for increased green energy spending.
Paul Pelosi, the Democratic House leader’s millionaire husband, purchased the tranche of Tesla stock on Thursday, when the company’s share price reached about $872 per share by the end of day, according to congressional filings published Monday. Pelosi bought the shares, worth roughly $2.18 million at the time, at a strike price of $500 per share.
Since Paul Pelosi’s purchase, Tesla’s share price increased nearly 19%, over $1,036 a share, making his tranche worth nearly $2.6 million.
In December 2021, Nancy Pelosi defended members of Congress who traded stocks despite the potential ethics concerns raised by such activity. She said lawmakers should, like the average American, be allowed to participate in the free market.
“We have a free market economy, they should be able to participate in that,” Pelosi told reporters at a news briefing at the time.
But after pushback, the Democratic leader reversed positions months later and vowed to support a ban if legislation including it was introduced.
“I do believe in the integrity of people in public service. I want the public to have that understanding,” Pelosi remarked on Feb. 9. “We have to do something to deter something that we see as a problem, but it is a confidence issue, and if that’s what the members want to do, then that’s what we’ll do.”
Forbes first reported Paul Pelosi’s stock purchase Tuesday.
Democrats have pushed heavily for greater green energy spending, urging President Joe Biden to move quickly on pending legislation. Over the last two months, a group of 23 Democrats asked Biden to stand firm on the $555 billion for climate action that had been included in the Build Back Better Act, and a group of 89 Democrats said the president should go further.
On March 17, the Congressional Progressive Caucus, a group of 97 left-wing lawmakers, unveiled a sweeping climate agenda for the president to pursue.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk, a vocal critic of Biden, gave Labor Secretary Marty Walsh a tour of Tesla’s facility in Houston, Texas, earlier in March. The White House has repeatedly snubbed Tesla from high-profile electric vehicle events.
Pelosi’s office didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment from the Daily Caller News Foundation.