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    While private US investors typically are not supposed to disclose securities trades, public officials, their spouses, and dependent children are obliged to report financial transactions valued at more than $1,000, within 30 days.

    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's husband has placed a bet of up to $1 million on Elon Musk's Tesla under the Biden administration.

    According to the House speaker's financial disclosure form issued last week, Paul Pelosi bought 25 Tesla-related call options costing between $500,000 and $1 million, with an expiration date of 18 March 2022.

    Nancy Pelosi's husband, who runs a San Francisco-based real estate and venture capital investment and consulting firm, also bought 100 Apple Inc. call options worth up to $500,000 and 100 Walt Disney Co. call options worth a whopping $1 million.

    Paul Pelosi and Nancy Pelosi attend the 2019 Time 100 Gala, celebrating the 100 most influential people in the world, at Frederick P. Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center on Tuesday, April 23, 2019, in New York
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    Paul Pelosi and Nancy Pelosi attend the 2019 Time 100 Gala, celebrating the 100 most influential people in the world, at Frederick P. Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center on Tuesday, April 23, 2019, in New York

    Pelosi additionally paid between $500,000 and $1 million for 20,000 shares in AllianceBernstein Holding, listing a total of $1.75 million to $3.5 million in security purchases on her disclosure form.

    A spokesperson for Speaker Pelosi's office was cited by Fox Business as saying in a statement that "the disclosure forms clearly indicate these investments were made by Mr Paul Pelosi not the speaker", in an apparent reference to the letters "SP" under owner in the forms indicating the purchases were made by Pelosi's husband.

    Aaron Hill, professor of management at the University of Florida told Fox Business that "the problem is there are a lot of things that any congressperson could do behind the scenes to positively influence Tesla [shares], such as stalling legislation and putting forth legislation".

    He argued that "a lot of this is just documented in committee meetings, so it really raises the specter of double-dealing or certainly conflict of interest".

    Hill insisted that the US "should really be concerned with this" as "a nation" because "there's enough political vitriol out there and this is just one more thing to potentially divide" America.

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