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Pelosi Paying $18K a Month for New San Francisco Office

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Last fall, Speaker Nancy Pelosi moved her district office into the new federal building in San Francisco. The move quadrupled the rent she pays, and her new $18,736 monthly bill is almost double the next-highest rental paid by a Member of the House.

A database assembled by the Sunlight Foundation in cooperation with Roll Call provides new insight into Congressional spending on district office rents. Not surprisingly, Members from large urban districts with the highest property values are paying the most for district office rental, particularly New York–area Members.

But even in these high-rent districts, Pelosi’s new digs blow away the competition.

The next highest monthly office rent belongs to Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D), who occupies an office in a federal building in Manhattan’s trendy SoHo neighborhood for just under $10,600. Rep. José Serrano (D) paid $10,350 a month last year for an office in the Bronx, but he recently moved into a new building where the first month’s rent was only $9,583, his spokesman said Friday.

Democratic Reps. Doris Matsui (Sacramento), Stephen Lynch (Boston) and Diane Watson (Los Angeles) all pay $9,000 to $10,000 a month for district offices.

Pelosi’s spokesman said the high price of the Speaker’s new office is partly due to her need for additional space — she had been in her prior office for more than 20 years — and new security needs that go along with being the Speaker of the House.
Pelosi Paying $18K a Month for New San Francisco Office - Roll Call

Who pays for this? Is it California, a State that is about to go bankrupt? Or is it the US tax payer, citizens that are about to go bankrupt.
 

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It should be paid by those who are morally bankrupt, like Pelosi.
 

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It should be paid by those who are morally bankrupt, like Pelosi.
It would be best if there were such a thing as a listing, of what each Politician pays for their respective office and who actually foots the bill?

Then we could all have a go at pointing out the high spenders?
 

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These kinds of things are usually paid for by donations and fund-raising, not taxpayers.

Don't worry, unless you donated to the DNC I doubt you are paying for her new office.

Edit: Oops, I thought you were talking about a campaign headquarters, not a district office.
 
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Complete non-issue for two reasons:

1) Congressmen get a fixed budget from the federal government with which they pay all rent and salaries. She was going to spend the same total amount regardless of whether her rent was $18k or $8k
2) She's renting the office from the federal government, so that $18k is going right back into the government's pocket.

If anything, she's costing the federal government less money than someone who used all that money on employee salaries.
 

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Complete non-issue for two reasons:

1) Congressmen get a fixed budget from the federal government with which they pay all rent and salaries. She was going to spend the same total amount regardless of whether her rent was $18k or $8k
2) She's renting the office from the federal government, so that $18k is going right back into the government's pocket.

If anything, she's costing the federal government less money than someone who used all that money on employee salaries.
Oh come on man now I don't have anything to be outraged over what the hell is wrong with you?
 

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Complete non-issue for two reasons:

1) Congressmen get a fixed budget from the federal government with which they pay all rent and salaries. She was going to spend the same total amount regardless of whether her rent was $18k or $8k
2) She's renting the office from the federal government, so that $18k is going right back into the government's pocket.

If anything, she's costing the federal government less money than someone who used all that money on employee salaries.
Damnit you beat me to it.
 

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As long as that is coming out her pocket then who cares what she spends on rent. Of course 18k can buy a house in my town.
 
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