Major GOPAC Donors Got Special Access, Files Show : Politics: Gingrich group offered personal attentionSubmitted by soule on Tue, 01/24/2012 - 23:17
Major GOPAC Donors Got Special Access, Files Show : Politics: Gingrich group offered personal attention from the Republican representative to those giving $10,000.
December 17, 1995|GLENN F. BUNTING and DAVID WILLMAN | TIMES STAFF WRITERS
WASHINGTON — To hear the defenders of Newt Gingrich tell it, the embattled House speaker is guilty of nothing more than mastering the art of politics.
But interviews and recently released federal records show that Gingrich has invited critical attention by bestowing special treatment on donors who gave substantial sums to his pet political project.
The project was the GOP Action Committee, called GOPAC, which raised untold millions of dollars over the last decade for the Republican revolution that Gingrich was fomenting. By using GOPAC, Gingrich could encourage corporate executives to donate unlimited amounts with the assurance that their contributions would not be revealed in records open to the public.
House Reprimands, Penalizes Speaker:
Gingrich Steps Down in Face of Rebellion:
I think he's really hurting himself lately. He's a laughingstock right now
.... For the last few years, my good colleagues here at American Politics Journal and I have documented Newt's bad behavior -- first his political and campaign finance peccadilloes, and then, in the wake of the impeachment coup Newt helped engineer with such Machiavellian flair, his personal indiscretions, particularly reports that Newt paid for the services of call girls with his own credit card. We predicted that he and his political extremism would eventually be laughed out of the Beltway.
And look at what's happened now: he's an outcast from his own revolution, his own party, all of Washington.
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