House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's new San Francisco office costs taxpayers nearly twice as much as any other rented by a member of Congress, according to a new study.
Pelosi was paying $4,300 a month for her office near San Francisco's City Hall until last fall, when she moved to a new 18-story federal building a few blocks away -- where the rent is $18,736 a month, an increase of more than four times.
The next most expensive congressional district office in the country belongs to Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), who pays just under $10,600 a month for his digs in SoHo, according to data assembled by the Sunlight Foundation and the Washington-based newspaper Roll Call.
Pelosi's rent is roughly double that of other pricey district offices in New York, Boston, Los Angeles and Sacramento. Pelosi's press secretary justified her change in real estate, saying she needed more room and greater security as speaker.
"The new office space is 3,075 square feet, nearly a third larger than the old space, which was of inadequate size," spokesman Drew Hammill said.