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Gingrich Earned Twice As Much As Previously Disclosed From Ethanol Lobbying Group
njtoday.net - iWatch News | News Report ^ | 12/19/2011 | John Aloysius Farrell

Posted on 12/20/2011 4:24:14 AM PST by PieterCasparzen

Newt Gingrich earned some $600,000 as a consultant to a major ethanol lobbying group, not the $312,500 that the organization, called Growth Energy, disclosed last spring.

When quizzed by iWatch News in April, Growth Energy spokesman Chris Thorne said Gingrich’s contract ended after 2009. Attributing the mistake to an internal miscommunication, Thorne now says that Gingrich remained on the payroll through 2010 and earned an additional $262,500.

Thorne said that Gingrich continued to work for Growth Energy for the first few months of 2011 as well, but he could not say how much the former Speaker was paid.

Growth Energy was founded in late 2008 by the world’s top ethanol producer — the South Dakota based POET group — and other fuel companies to promote the use of the alternative fuel. According to the company’s Web site, Gingrich was paid to offer advice on “strategy and communication issues” and to “speak positively on ethanol related topics to the media.”

Gingrich’s ties to the industry have been a boon, no doubt, to his presidential campaign in a farm state like Iowa. But his embrace of federal ethanol subsidies has irritated some conservatives, who believe that government intervention in the economy violates free-market principles.

Gingrich got into a well-publicized spat with the editorial page editors of the Wall Street Journal — they called him “Professor Cornpone” — a year ago, compelling him to declare, “I am not a lobbyist for ethanol.”

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Politics/Elections
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To: PieterCasparzen
Newt gets a private-sector check and gets hammered.

They never bother to say Obama has never really drawn a check from anything other than some sort of a "government entity".

21 posted on 12/20/2011 5:12:35 AM PST by radioone ("2012 can't come soon enough")
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To: thackney; All

DON’T YOU KNOW ???

As long as Newt can really hammer Obama in a debate, and he tells us that he’s sick of government like we are...

we’re all supposed to support him. Cuz he’s a Tea Party guy. Didn’t you know ???

He has told us that he will not shut down Fannie and Freddie, he believes there is such a thing as global warming caused by man, and he supports ethanol subsidies.

It does not matter what he says about lobbying and big-government policies that he has supported his whole career.

Michele Bachmann is “crazy” dontcha know.

Santorum is .... I don’t know... just don’t vote for him.

Vote for the lobby... I mean consultant. Vote ! Don’t go out there and search for what he said a few years back.

As long as you don’t vote for the other big-money-big-government guy, Romney. It’s real important, there are big differences between Mitt and Newt. Newt’s the one to vote for.

Dollars to donuts, whichever one wins will pick the other for their running mate. There’s no way Romney could resist the allure of having the biggest lobbyist since Abramoff as his VP.

Yes, Abramoff and Newt go way back as well.

Old “consulting” buddies.


22 posted on 12/20/2011 5:25:55 AM PST by PieterCasparzen (We have to fix things ourselves.)
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To: heiss

***Without subsidies, this business is useless.***

Sad but true - here’s a list of teat-suckers (from taxpayer suckers) (leftist site?)

http://thinkprogress.org/romm/2011/11/13/366988/over-half-of-all-us-tax-subsidies-go-to-four-industries-guess-which-ones/


23 posted on 12/20/2011 5:27:23 AM PST by sodpoodle ( Newt - God has tested him for a reason..)
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To: PieterCasparzen

ETHANOL whore (Nancy Pelosi global warming anyone), Freddie Mac whore (Barney Frank buddy), how anyone who calls themselves a conservative can support the NEwtster is beyond me. The guy is a smooth talking carnival barker whose BS is matched only by his oversized ego. Stick a fork in him and get him off the stage.


24 posted on 12/20/2011 5:29:15 AM PST by milwguy
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To: PieterCasparzen
OK, so how do the rest of the field (candidates) fare in the question of continue subsidizing Ethanol?

Is there ONE who has vocally and consistently advocated a complete cutoff of such funding?

If there is (someone can remind me) I am not aware of who she/he is.

While I hate (and oppose, as do most Cons) this subsidy, it will not be a "deal breaker" for me as there are much more importing issues to contend with....such as our SURVIVAL and I support anyone who has the "stones" to call a spade (or in this case, Islam) a spade and will not only identify this evil, but will acknowledge it (and its belivers) are out to destroy us and the rest of the world.

25 posted on 12/20/2011 5:29:15 AM PST by Conservative Vermont Vet (l)
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To: PieterCasparzen

Good for Newt.

I don’t have a problem with that.


26 posted on 12/20/2011 5:30:00 AM PST by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer) (")
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To: The Iceman Cometh

‘earned it’ at the expense of the taxpayers and those of us who are FORCED to put that crap in our gas tanks. The way he ‘earned’ the money was by influence peddling, which I despise whether done by a dem or repub.


27 posted on 12/20/2011 5:30:54 AM PST by milwguy
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To: sickoflibs

Newt was for that commercial before he was against it.


28 posted on 12/20/2011 5:31:06 AM PST by MagnoliaB
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

A ‘private citizen’ could not earn that kind of cash. Only a former Washington insider who could use his influence coulkd earn that kind of money. Newt is everything real ‘conservatives’ should despise about Washington DC.


29 posted on 12/20/2011 5:33:05 AM PST by milwguy
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To: Conservative Vermont Vet

Rick Perry Attacks Ethanol Subsidies in Iowa

http://news.yahoo.com/rick-perry-attacks-ethanol-subsidies-iowa-171700937.html

If he is willing to take that position while campaining in Iowa, he is serious about the stance.


30 posted on 12/20/2011 5:33:14 AM PST by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: sodpoodle

It’s not called capitalism you moron. When the gov’t FORCES us to buy an inferior product, when the gov’t slaps a 50cent a gallon tariff on imported ethanol, and when the gov’t offers MASSIVE tax breaks to ethanol producers, what you get is more akin to the command economy of the USSR than free market capitalism.

I recommend you read Hayek’s The Road to Serfdom if you want to actually educate yourself on what a free market economy looks like and how when gov’t inserts itself in the conomy, bad things are bound to happen.


31 posted on 12/20/2011 5:36:02 AM PST by milwguy
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To: Conservative Vermont Vet

From his book “Fed Up! Our Fight To Save America From Washington” written before he was running from President:

7. Agricultural subsidies are just another form of wealth redistribution

The 11 craziest things in Rick Perry’s ‘Fed Up’ manifesto
http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2011/09/15/the-11-craziest-things-in-rick-perrys-fed-up-manifesto/


32 posted on 12/20/2011 5:36:47 AM PST by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: PieterCasparzen

“Obama: A New Wind in the White House” ...So THAT explains what I smell.


33 posted on 12/20/2011 5:37:02 AM PST by Safetgiver (I'd rather die under a free American sky than live under a Socialist regime.)
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To: PieterCasparzen

Thank God I’m not the only one! :)


34 posted on 12/20/2011 5:38:43 AM PST by Pessimist
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To: milwguy

Try to curb your enthusiasm for personal insults.

I understand that the government has insinuated its influence into our energy, food and manufacturing industries. Soft socialism and destructive.

What are your solutions to this entrenched status quo?

Taxpayers will not benefit if the subsidies are removed - we will be ‘punished’ with higher prices. Any savings will not be realized by reduced government spending - the ‘subsidies’ will be transferred to other programs.

We have been sucked into the swamp and the alligators are eating us - munching from the feet or the head - what’s the difference?


35 posted on 12/20/2011 5:44:48 AM PST by sodpoodle ( Newt - God has tested him for a reason..)
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To: PieterCasparzen

Are you working for Romney or Paul ?


36 posted on 12/20/2011 5:45:11 AM PST by ncalburt (NO MORE WIMPS need to apply to fight the Soros Funded Puppet !)
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To: Pravious

Another sea of election trolls who are doing someone bidding here .


37 posted on 12/20/2011 5:47:46 AM PST by ncalburt (NO MORE WIMPS need to apply to fight the Soros Funded Puppet !)
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To: GatĂșn(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)

“I don’t have a problem with that.”

I don’t have a problem with Newt earning a buck. I have a problem with nominating a guy who would earn a buck off of organizations/policies that are synonymous with “big government”, and that’s Newt. At his heart, and now it is clear at his wallet, he is fundamentally a big government guy, and therefore unsuitable to be President.

At his core - and this is every bit as provocative as something Newt would say - but at his core, he is no different from Obama - he thinks government has an ever increasing role to play in peoples lives, and in the business those people do.

Newt = Obama


38 posted on 12/20/2011 5:55:19 AM PST by RFEngineer
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To: PieterCasparzen

That about covers it.


39 posted on 12/20/2011 5:57:38 AM PST by Double Tap
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To: milwguy

It isn’t just the crap subsidized gas the government forces us to put in our tanks.

As a result of the ethanol mandate from the Feds (thanks Newt!) it has raised greatly the price of corn and distorted the worldwide food market over the past couple of years. Your basic grocery goods cost more because of this.

I love listening to Newt. Sounds great in the debates. But then you look at his actions and he really is a big government lobbyist. I don’t know how you can get away from it. Based now on what we’ve learned, I’d be more afraid of him than Romney to cut some crappy “deal” with the Dems if elected.


40 posted on 12/20/2011 6:00:09 AM PST by SteveAustin
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