Sunday, November 20, 2011

Follow Up on New Gingrich Story – Former Speaker Received $120,000 a Year to Have Dinner

No Wonder He Could Spend a Half Million At Tiffany’s

The Wall Street Journal did not have the story about Newt Gingrich’s making millions supporting the Obama Health Care mandate, so it has had to do with a story about Mr. Gingrich receiving hundreds of thousands of dollars from the U. S. Chamber of Commerce.

The Chamber, the largest lobbying organization in Washington, paid Mr. Gingrich about $840,000, according to people familiar with the arrangement, or about $120,000 a year for seven years beginning in 2001, to serve on an informal board of advisers to its president and senior staff. He served as a "fellow," along with about a dozen other former government officials

So what did Mr. Gingrich do for all that money?

Mr. Gingrich's assignment with the Chamber of Commerce was to attend dinner or lunch with Chamber officials every few months and to serve as a sounding board on various economic issues, people familiar with the arrangement said.

Wow, you wonder if Mr. Gingrich even picked up the check.  Well, having read about Newt for decades, the answer is no, probably not.

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