Is Nancy Pelosi's Husband Owner Of Voting Machine Software Company?
Recently a viral Facebook post has been making the rounds claiming that Paul Pelosi, the husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, owns a software company that supplies election systems and software. The post has over 2,300 shares and states that the election software for the Presidential Election glitched in favor of Joe Biden. The post does not provide any sources for the claim or the name of the software company. A similar claim by conservative blogger Stefanie Daubert names the company as Dominion Voting Systems.
This is not the first time that Paul Pelosi has been included in a claim like this. We debunked a similar claim that stated Paul Pelosi benefited from a lucrative contract awarded by Nancy Pelosi using her political appointments.
Investigating the post shows that the claim does not stand up to scrutiny. Nancy Pelosi does not hold any stake in a software company related to election systems, according to her financial disclosure report. There is also no evidence that Paul Pelosi owns any such company either.
Dominion Voting Systems is a major supplier of voting machines and software in both the US and overseas. It was founded by John Poulos and James Hoover but does not list Paul Pelosi as occupying any position in the company. Fact-checking site Leadstories.com contacted a company spokesperson who stated that the claim being spread on social media is false.
The only connection between the company and Pelosi is that Pelosi’s former chief of staff, Nadeam Elshami, works for a lobbying firm employed by Dominion. However, Elshami left his position as Pelosi’s chief of staff in 2017, making this connection very tenuous.
Furthermore, the claim that the software glitched in favor of Biden is also inaccurate. The Election Integrity Partnership investigated the claims and concluded that reported errors were only isolated incidents rather than resulting from interference.