Pelosi downplays Wall St. influence: 'They don't get anything'

Wall Street's generous donations to Democrats have not had any influence on policy, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said today.

At her weekly press conference, Pelosi said Democrats don't reward bankers for the money they pour into campaign coffers.

"They don't get anything, because the fact is, the Democrats are leading the way...in regulatory reform," she said.

Financial firms have been giving more money to Democrats than Republicans in recent year--not unexpected, since Demcorats are in the majority--but Pelosi said her party isn't beholden to its contributors.

"It doesn't matter" that Wall Street has given more to Democrats, she said. "What matters is what the policy is that we put forth here. And our policy, regardless of contribution, is to rein in Wall Street."