Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Jump on the gravy train with the Pelosi family!

It's sure swell to see that Nancy Pelosi is continuing the best traditions of Democrat party bigs by funneling yet more payoffs through her family - Gupta's InfoUSA Pays Pelosi's Son:
A database company that has showered money on Bill and Hillary Clinton – and is alleged to have aided scam artists – now appears to have close links to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's family as well.

The firm InfoUSA, headed by major Clinton backer Vinod Gupta, has placed Pelosi's son, Paul Pelosi Jr., on its payroll – even though he has no experience in the company's main business activities, NewsMax has learned.

InfoUSA sells contact lists for consumers with detailed demographic information so that they can be better targeted by direct mail and telemarketers, some of whom work the sleazy side of the street. Sleaze and the Clintons, what a shock!
The company is also under fire in a shareholder lawsuit which alleges that Gupta is appropriating company funds for personal use and his political pet projects.

Shareholder critics are furious that Gupta had InfoUsa pay former President Bill Clinton $2.1 million in "consulting fees" since he left the White House, with another $1.2 million promised.

Gupta has also spent roughly $1 million of InfoUsa funds to provide corporate jet flights for both President Clinton and his wife Hillary.

You ever wonder how the conversation actually went? When ole Mr. Gupta says to Bubba, "I'd like to hire you as a direct marketing database consultant for $3.2 million," does Bubba say, "Aw, you shouldn't" or just tell him where to send the checks? But I digress since the Clintons' propensity for hot cash is well known - let's see what ole Paul Pelosi Jr. been up to:

Pelosi's son Paul acknowledged he has also been taking trips on corporate jets provided by Info USA.

Just four weeks after Nancy Pelosi became speaker of the House this past January, Gupta and InfoUSA hired her son as a senior vice president. He told NewsMax InfoUsa pays him $180,000 a year.

Even though his job with InfoUSA is considered full-time, Paul Pelosi continues another full-time job, as a home loan officer at Countrywide Home Loans, part of Countrywide Financial, in San Mateo, a suburb of San Francisco.

While InfoUSA is based in Omaha, Pelosi said he reports to a small InfoUSA office in San Mateo.

In two interviews, Paul Pelosi confirmed that Gupta hired him as senior vice president for strategic development starting Feb. 1, just after Pelosi's mother took the gavel as speaker on Jan. 4. He said his mother is aware of his new job.

A person familiar with the arrangement says Gupta treats Pelosi as a "trophy" and has the Speaker's son accompany him at high profile meetings around the country.

Pelosi denied the suggestion he is being used because of his family ties.

"I don't think that's really what happens," he said.

There's more about this boy financial genius by following the link, but you'll be interested to know that he's also President of San Francisco's Commission on the Environment. Gosh, the kid must be dynamite!