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House Speaker in a National Park Nancy Pelosi Granthshala News has learned that the District of San Francisco is set to receive $200 million from taxpayers, with several Pelosi donors on its board of trusts.

House Democrats’ proposed $3.5 trillion spending bill that includes $200 million earmarked for Presidio National Park has drawn sharp criticism from Republicans.

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The Presidio Trust in San Francisco oversees the national park and according to the law establishing the trust, it must be financially self-sustaining.

Pelosi Deserves $200 Million For San Francisco Park, Dem Says: ‘She Does More For America Than Others In Congress’

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The trust’s board includes several Democratic donors who have cumulatively given hundreds of thousands of dollars to pro-Pelosi efforts over the years.

Drew Hamill, a spokesman for Pelosi, told Granthshala News in a Thursday phone call that the park predates current board members and has been a legislative hallmark of the Presidio National Park speaker’s congressional career.

Hamill also blasted the idea that the donors on the board had nothing to do with the proposal to receive $200 million in taxpayer dollars, calling it a “silly thing done out of disbandment” and calling Pelosi “King”. Known for “Protecting the Presidio in his life in public service”.

Another Pelosi spokeswoman told Granthshala News in an email that after the former military installation was shut down by the US military in 1994, Pelosi “worked with a broad coalition of community, business and civilian leaders to preserve the Presidio.” “.

The spokesperson also touched on the “bipartisan legislation that created the Presidio Trust” from the 1990s, saying that the park was “facing a $400 million backlog in deferred maintenance needs, including replacing and upgrading outdated utilities inherited from the military.” Is.”

“Money to help cover this massive backlog was unfortunately excluded from the Great American Outdoor Act, which came from the Republican Senate,” the spokesperson said. “This law provided funding for similar deferred maintenance requirements in other units of the national park system.”

Additionally, Pelosi’s spokesperson told Granthshala News that “the $200 million carve was recommended to strengthen the Presidio Trust, which could be used to quickly address deferred maintenance needs as well as rehabilitate the remaining historic buildings.” can be done to continue.”

“These costs are necessary for the maintenance of the park,” the spokesman said. “In contrast, House Republicans have repeatedly voted for funding for public lands and public spaces, as recently as today: to cut funding for public lands and public spaces from other amendments. Voting in the same markup.”

According to FEC filings reviewed by Granthshala News, several members of the Parks board have given Pelosi’s campaign nearly $80,000 in cumulative campaign and PAC donations, along with Trust President Lynn Benioff.

Benioff donated more than $69,000 to the Nancy Pelosi Victory Fund and $10,400 to Pelosi’s campaign.

Additionally, George Marcus — another Trust board member — has given a total of $33.6 million to the Democrat campaign and candidates, with a cumulative $723,000 going specifically to Pelosi’s campaign and the Nancy Pelosi Victory Fund.

Marcus gave $50,700 to Pelosi’s campaign by 1988 and a lifetime total of $672,300 to the Nancy Pelosi Victory Fund.

In addition, a former board member who left in 2015, John Kecker, was reported as Pelosi in 2010. largest individual donor, and trust first employee and former executive director Craig Middleton Previously worked as the Speaker’s Press Secretary and Appropriation Staff.

Kendra Scott, executive director of the Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust (FACT), told Granthshala News in an email Thursday that lawmakers’ cherry-picking projects could lead to “corruption” on taxpayer money.

Scott also said that Pelosi’s political ties with board members show some red flags.

“As is the case with all earmarks, allowing members of Congress to pick and choose specific projects is a clear recipe for corruption and self-treating at the taxpayer’s expense,” Scott said. “Additionally, earmarks make it very easy to create a situation where the merits of the project don’t matter.”

“Given the relationships and connections in this case, it certainly raises concerns,” she said.

Republicans on the Hill have criticized Democrats’ $200 million earmark for Pelosi’s park, Senator John Barrasso, R-Vy., ranking member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, is telling Granthshala News in a Thursday email. That Pelosi is “taking money from taxpayers to reward her rich friends in San Francisco.”

“Democrats’ reckless spending spree will waste 200 million taxpayer dollars, especially on a park in Pelosi’s affluent home district,” Barrasso said. “By law, the park is considered to be financially self-sufficient. Many of the individuals who run the park are major political donors to Pelosi and other Democrats.”

The Wyoming senator continued, “Now Nancy Pelosi is pushing for hundreds of millions of dollars to go to her favorite park, run by her biggest donors.” “It’s not building better. This is Pelosi’s Pork Park.”

Houston Keene is a reporter for Granthshala News Digital. You can find him on Twitter at @HoustonKeene.