Pelosi and her husband, a multi-millionaire who runs a venture capital firm in San Francisco, purchased millions of dollars in call options after defending the right of congressmen to trade stocks, The Daily Wire reported. The lawmaker said in December 2021 that lawmakers “should be able to participate” in stock trading after Business Insider released a report finding that “57 members of Congress and at least 182” well-paid staffers filed stock trades late in 2020 and 2021.
After pushback on a bipartisan level, Pelosi changed her position months later on stock trading for members of Congress. Pelosi said she would not block a ban, noting, “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.”
Paul Pelosi’s large purchase of Tesla stock comes as Democrats continue to support more green energy spending. Twenty three Democrats urged President Joe Biden recently to pledge $555 billion to climate action, as included in a framework for the president’s Build Back Better plan. The investment is noted in a White House memo as “the largest single investment in our clean energy economy in history, across buildings, transportation, industry, electricity, agriculture, and climate-smart practices across lands and waters.”