Case in point:
At the debate the other day, Gingrich was asked about the $300,000 dollars he made in 2006 as a 'consultant' for Freddie Mac. Of Course he answered the question stating that all he did was give them advise. Now we all find out after that the $300,000 was more like $1,600,000.00 and it wasn't a one shot deal but part of a long relationship between Newt and Freddie Mac.
Newt was on the Laura Ingraham Show where he did his best Harold Hill (a.k.a. the Music Man) impersonation to explain it away and to emphasize that he was not a lobbyist for them. Of course Freddie Mac only picked him as there consultant out of the air and it had nothing to do with him being the former Speaker and influence on the hill, as well as knowing all the ins and outs of how to get things done. If you believe that, I've got a bridge to sell you.
personal life and dealings. Nothing is ever cut and dry or simple.
Early this year, Newt was accused of being a lobbyist for an ethanol lobbying group in which he received $300,000.00. According to the Center for Public Integrity:
Gingrich was a hired consultant to a major ethanol lobbying group—at more than $300,000 a year.
According to IRS records, the ethanol group Growth Energy paid Gingrich’s consulting firm $312,500 in 2009.The former House Speaker was the organization’s top-paid consultant, according to the records. His pay was one of the group’s largest single expenditures, as it took in and spent about $11 million to promote ethanol and to lobby for federal incentives for its use.Of course, once again, Gingrich denies that he did any lobbying for the group.
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