Gingrich: The Concession Cake and Newt’s Ethics

After Romney lost the South Carolina primary to Gingrich, he wants you to believe the loss is due to his refusal to release tax records now. He’s wrong, of course. Yesterday the Romney campaign sent the Speaker a cake in recognition of his House reprimand and fine of $300,000 back in the 1990’s. How coarse do you have to be to send a cake to a member of your own Party who was reprimanded for bringing conservative values to a college classroom, and nothing more? That’s how coarse the smooth-talking no-gentleman, Romney is. The cake turns out to be a concession cake after all, as Gingrich ‘kicked butt’ (Santorum quote) and information about Newt’s ethics battle is beginning to leak out slowly, but I don’t see a word about it on Fox.  Here are more details with links to what I’ve already written on those Ethics charges:

Romney's Cake for the Speaker


The Ethics Committee results are available – linked below.

February 1999 – IRS Clears Foundation That Aided Gingrich College Course:

The Internal Revenue Service has cleared an organization of charges that it violated its tax-exempt status when it helped fund a college course taught by former House speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.), the organization said yesterday.

The IRS, concluding a three-year investigation, ruled that the Progress and Freedom Foundation’s donations to Gingrich were “consistent with its stated exempt purposes,” and Gingrich’s course and course book “were educational in content.”

October 1998: Ethics Committee Drops Last of 94 Charges Against Gingrich

The House ethics committee dropped the three remaining ethics charges against Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) yesterday, despite finding that Gingrich repeatedly violated one rule by using a political consultant to develop the Republican legislative agenda.

After the dropping of the charges, the House issued a training manual for other House members. Count it a certainty this was done because Democrats had done as much or more than Newt.

Gingrich Pays $300,000 Fine with His Own Money:

House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) has abandoned plans to borrow money from former Senate majority leader Robert J. Dole (R-Kan.) to pay the $300,000 ethics penalty the House imposed on him last year, officials announced yesterday.

Instead, Gingrich, whose income has been buoyed by book sales, said he will pay the entire penalty “through wholly personal funds.” In May of last year, the speaker cut in half the funds he said he would need to borrow from Dole, now a Washington lawyer, saying he would need no more than a $150,000 loan.

At the time Newt was involved in his college course, he was offered a $4 Million advance from HarperCollins on his book. He turned it down after both Democrats and Republicans accused him of “cashing in” on the Republican win at the polls.

Compare that with Hillary Clinton’s $8 Million advance as Senator-elect in 2000. No one quibbled that it might be a conflict of interest. Congress demanded nothing of her.

The fine was for statements the House Ethics Committee thought egregious. Oh the horror:

The documents released yesterday also contain new references to the importance Gingrich placed on using a college course he taught, called Renewing American Civilization, to further his grand plan to win a Republican majority in the House. And they disclose that one foundation used to fund an earlier televised town meeting transferred to GOPAC, the political action committee Gingrich then headed, $42,500 more than it had borrowed. The subcommittee was unable to interview the accountant involved because she asserted “a constitutional privilege,” the committee report said.

The threat of conservatism in a classroom was too much for Democrats and a couple of righteous Republican do-gooders. All the charges were thrown out. The foundation involved was exonerated. Newt was thrown out of our schools. We should mourn what has happened in our classrooms since. For the third time, I give you one of the offensive statements Gingrich made in a university course – oh the horror!

“American civilization cannot survive with 12-year-olds having babies, 15-year-olds shooting one another, 17-year-olds dying of AIDS, and 18-year-olds graduating with diplomas they cannot read,” Gingrich lectured.

Read all the details of the Ethics Committee and Newt Gingrich here, including the official Committee Report, and remember that Mitt Romney, a claimed conservative, sent a cake to Gingrich to celebrate the anniversary of his reprimand. Ugliness beyond the pale. Ugliness beyond acceptability. Fox News, where are you on the cake and the real details of Newt’s reprimand? 

Thanks to The Blaze for the cake photo.

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Posted by Maggie @ Maggie’s Notebook