Nancy Pelosi’s husband Paul sold up to $5 million worth of computer chips stock and lost hundreds of thousands after the Daily Caller News Foundation first reported on the businessman splurging ahead of a vote on a bill handing billions to chip manufacturers, according to a financial disclosure.
Paul sold 25,000 shares of Nvidia, one of the world’s largest semiconductor companies, at an average price of roughly $165 each on Tuesday worth up to $5 million, a financial disclosure shows. Paul took a total loss of roughly $341,000, according to the disclosure.
Pelosi disclosed on July 14 that Paul bought between $1 million and $5 million worth in stock of Nvidia, one of the world’s largest semiconductor companies, on June 17, the Daily Caller News Foundation first reported. The Senate will vote on a bipartisan competition bill Wednesday that delivers $52 billion for domestic semiconductor manufacturing, according to a source familiar with the situation.
Nvidia is a multinational corporation that designs and manufactures graphics processors and other technology and is heavily reliant on semiconductors. It and other chip companies urged Congress to finalize semiconductor subsidies for domestic manufacturing in June.
“It certainly raises the specter that Paul Pelosi could have access to some insider legislative information,” Craig Holman, a government affairs lobbyist for the left-wing think tank Public Citizen, previously told the DCNF.
After the DCNF’s report on Paul’s purchase, a spokesman for the House speaker told Fox News she had “no prior knowledge or subsequent involvement in any transactions.”
“To be clear, insider trading is already a serious federal criminal and civil violation and the Speaker strongly supports robust enforcement of the relevant statutes by the Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission,” the spokesman also said.
Pelosi was asked at her weekly press conference Thursday whether Paul has ever traded stocks based on information she provided him, to which she said, “No, absolutely not.”
Pelosi and her husband have been roundly scrutinized by Republican lawmakers over Paul’s dealings. House GOP Conference Chair Elise Stefanik said the Pelosis’ controversial dealings go beyond Paul’s “investment in domestic semiconductor chip manufacturing,” pointing to Paul’s stock options purchases of social media company stocks while the House speaker “slow walked potential legislation to rein in the power of Big Tech companies.”
Call options are contracts between a buyer and seller for a stock to be purchased at a defined price until a certain date, according to Fidelity Investments. Paul’s call option purchase expired on June 17.
The House speaker’s office did not respond to the DCNF’s request for comment.
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