At least five stories in one here. 1) Paul Pelosi, husband of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, has been sued by former NFL coach, Dennis Green, who left the NFL to coach for the newly formed United Football League (UFL). Green has not been paid. Players were not paid. 2) The Pelosis do not hire union workers for their many businesses, including their Napa, California vineyard, 3) Nancy put a $25 MILLION earmark in a Bill which passed the House to improve the San Francisco Embarcadero area, where her husband owns four rental properties, bringing in $3 MILLION annually, 4) The UFL is the only investment Paul Pelosi has failed with – speculation that he took losses for political reasons, 5) Nancy Pelosi’s net worth soared 62% from 2010 to 2011 in the Obama economy. See a Sacramento Mountain Lions video below.
Dennis Green, a well-respected NFL coach, uprooted his family from San Diego and moved to Sacramento with a $1.5 MILLION contract signed by Paul Pelosi and Bill Hambrecht. He was a fine “get” for the new League.
Pelosi pledged to treat the team like any other investment, swearing to theÂ Washington PostÂ that this was no vanity purchase.
â€œThis is a business, I look at it as a business,â€Â he said. â€œIâ€™m in this because I think it is a very solid financial investment that is going to be very successful.â€
Pelosi, however, did not take any of the steps required of a start-up sports league. There were no major television deals, corporate sponsorships, or signature tournament or playoff gamesâ€”ingredients considered to be the staples of successful leagues.
The league also needed to bring in more investors for revenue. But its sloppy structure chased away prospective owners, including seasoned football owner Jim Speros.
â€œI think the football people were reputable, the problem was there was no real structure on how you could enter as an investor,â€ he said…
Green noticed the missing elements, but received reassurances from the team that Pelosi and his partners had guaranteed its expenses, according to the suit.
â€œGreen was mindful of the fact that the UFL [and Mountain Lions] were not generating sufficient revenues to cover their expenses, including his salary, and relied, reasonably and explicitly, on Hambrechtâ€™s assurances that he and other investors in the UFL would pay for and guarantee the expenses,â€ it states.
Pelosi failed to pay Greenâ€™s bi-weekly $62,500 paycheck in full throughout 2011. He cut checks at varying amounts, dropping as low as $5,000 for weeks at a time, according to the suit. Rather than running the team like a business, Pelosiâ€™sÂ financial disclosure formsindicate he may have sold stocks to pay for the team…
The couple hasÂ refused to hire unionsÂ to work in its vineyard and other business interests, even as Pelosi has collectedÂ $365,500Â in political contributions from labor groups in 2012. She has also railed against bankers despite the fact that her husbandâ€™s colleagues are her staunchest allies, contributingÂ $500,000Â in 2012, according to theCenter for Responsive Politics.
Hambrecht, Pelosiâ€™s UFL partner, is in the latter group. He has contributed $160,000 to Democratic candidates since 2007, including $22,000 to Pelosi and her Super PAC, according to theÂ Center for Responsive Politics. Source: Washington Free Beacon
So, how does one increase net worth by 62% in one year in The Time of Obama? We won’t know because Nancy Pelosi won’t release her tax returns.Â Green is a former Minnesota Vikings and Arizona Cardinals coach. The Sacramento Mountain Lions are auditioning cheerleaders for The Lady Lions, August 25th. Details here.