Pelosi's Family Goes Along for Ride — on Taxpayer Dime

Friday, 15 Oct 2010 12:35 PM

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi may have a lot of speaking to do to talk her way out of this: Even her grandsons are military jet-setters when, Judicial Watch suggests, she could be taking taxpayers for a ride, according to the Beltway Confidential blog in The Examiner of Washington, D.C. The grandsons, as well as Pelosi’s daughter and son-in-law were among family members and staffers who took tax-paid trips on military aircraft between March 2, 2009, and June 7, 2010, according to documents Judicial Watch uncovered after filing a Freedom of Information Act request with the government.

Pelosi, jet, Judicial WatchThe two grandsons, daughter, and son-in-law were on the June 20, 2009, flight from Andrews Air Force Base in Prince George's County, Md., to San Francisco, where Pelosi lives, the documents show. This past July, one of the grandsons flew with the speaker from Andres to Travis Air Force Base near San Francisco.

Pelosi's jet-trip tally for the period was 85, according to the documents Judicial Watch obtained as the result of a Jan. 25, 2009, Freedom of Information Act request.

Previous documents the nonprofit watchdog group obtained show that Pelosi's travel "cost the United States Air Force $2,100,744.59 over a two-year period — $101,429.14 of which was for in-flight expenses, including food and alcohol," the Examiner quoted Judicial Watch as reporting.

“Pelosi’s abusive use of military aircraft demonstrates a shocking lack of regard for the American taxpayer and the men and women who serve in the U.S. Air Force. Speaker Pelosi may have a frequent flyer record for taxpayer-financed luxury jet travel,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton.

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