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Nancy Pelosi and StarKist Tuna

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SUMMARY: Email rumor claims Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has arranged special legislative favors for StarKist Tuna's parent company Del Monte Foods because the latter allegedly contributed to her political campaigns and her husband allegedly owns StarKist stock.

Description: Email rumor
Circulating since: Nov. 2008
Status: Unsubstantiated


Email example contributed by Elsie T., Jan. 14, 2009:

Subject: Star-Kist and Nancy Pelosi

Interesting

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi's home district includes San Francisco.

Star-Kist Tuna's headquarters are in San Francisco , Pelosi's home district.

Star-Kist is owned by Del Monte Foods and is a major contributor to Pelosi.

Star-Kist is the major employer in American Samoa employing 75% of the Samoan work force.

Paul Pelosi, Nancy's husband, owns $17 million dollars of Star-Kist stock.

January, 2007 when the minimum wage was increased from $5.15 to $7.25, Pelosi had American Samoa exempted from the increase so Del Monte would not have to pay the higher wage. This would make Del Monte products less expensive than their competition's.

Last week when the huge bailout bill was passed, Pelosi added an earmark to the final bill adding $33 million dollars for an 'economic development credit in American Samoa '.

Pelosi has called the Bush Administration "CORRUPT" ? ?

How do you spell "HYPOCRISY" ? ?

EVERY AMERICAN SHOULD GET THIS E-MAIL . IT IS ENOUGH TO MAKE A HOLY PERSON ANGRY ENOUGH TO GO THROW THEM ALL OUT ON THEIR BEHINDS.



Comments: It's true that StarKist Tuna's former parent company, Del Monte Foods, is headquartered in California's 8th Congressional District, which Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi represents.

It's also true that an early version of the Democrat-sponsored Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2007 exempted employers in American Samoa, where StarKist owns a large cannery, from mandated minimum wage increases.

Lastly, it's true that the financial bailout bill passed by Congress in late 2008 included a two-year extension of the economic development credit originally granted to American Samoa in 2006.

The remainder of the above message consists of uncorroborated claims and/or outright falsehoods. To wit:

  • Was Del Monte Foods a major contributor to Nancy Pelosi's campaign chest?
    Not according to public records listing Pelosi's largest campaign contributors.


  • Does her husband, Paul Pelosi, own $17 million worth of StarKist stock?
    Not according to Nancy Pelosi's financial disclosure statements for the past three years. Nor does he own stock in Del Monte Foods or H. J. Heinz Co. (a major Del Monte Foods shareholder), according to publicly available sources.


  • Was Pelosi personally responsible for the provision exempting StarKist from minimum wage increases?
    Unknown. There's no evidence that she was.


  • Was Pelosi personally responsible for the "earmark" extending American Samoa's economic development credit for two more years?
    Unknown. There's no evidence that she was.

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Sources and further reading:

Did Nancy Pelosi Get Wage Breaks and Tax Credits for American Samoa?
Factcheck.org, 26 November 2008

Minimum Wage Bill to Cover U.S. Samoa
Associated Press, 14 January 2007


Last updated: 02/20/09


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