Skip to comments.Newt Gingrich threatens TV stations over [Romney PAC] ad
Posted on 02/17/2012 10:12:40 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
Newt Gingrichs campaign is threatening to sue TV stations in upcoming primary states that are airing or plan to broadcast an ad from a pro-Mitt Romney super PAC accusing the former House Speaker of supporting the one-child Chinese policy that has been criticized as inhumane.
The ad in question, which is the work of the Restore Our Future super PAC and is already airing in the former House Speakers home state of Georgia, asserts Gingrich co-sponsored a bill with Nancy Pelosi that would have given $60 million a year to a U.N. program supporting Chinas brutal one-child policy.
A letter from a Gingrich campaign lawyer sent to every TV station in the states with upcoming contests in the GOP presidential primary calls the ad fundamentally NOT TRUE, or as PolitiFACT.org put it a Pants on Fire lie.
If the stations air the ad it will be a knowing publication of a false statement. As such, it represents a defamatory communication, which exposes this station to potential civil liability, the letter asserts, demanding stations immediately REFUSE, ad if started, CEASE airing any such advertisements and refrain from broadcasting their content until such time as the libelous statements have been removed.
The ad refers to a 1989 bill for which Gingrich was among the co-sponsors (in all, 144 members attached their name to the bill). While the bill, House Resolution 1078, directed money to the U.N. Population Fund, which President Ronald Reagan opposed because it supported Chinese family planning efforts deemed inhumane, a provision in the measure explicitly prohibited funding for the performance of involuntary sterilization or abortion or to coerce any person to accept family planning.
The ad is a slight variation of one that Restore Our Future has been running heavily in multiple states since December, and the Gingrich campaign did not respond when asked why they were launching the official challenge now.
A well-connected Washington, D.C., campaign finance lawyer suggested the timing may be related to the fact that McKenna Long & Aldridge, the law firm of Gingrichs top outside campaign counsel Stefan Passantino, represents TV stations in Georgia.
In fact, the Gingrich campaign paid another law firm, the Atlanta-based Hall Booth Smith & Slover, to send the letter to TV stations to ensure there are no conflicts, said Gingrich campaign spokesman R.C. Hammond.
The Gingrich campaign said some of the stations that received the letter intended to report on it, but did not answer when asked if any planned to remove the ad.
This is not the first time that the Gingrichs campaign has written TV stations to complain about a Restore Our Future ad. Last month, the campaign demanded more than 50 TV stations remove an ad from the super PAC that asserted Gingrich had been fined $300,000 by the House Ethics Committee in the 1990s for violations.
Restore Our Future pushed back in its own letter to the stations and none appear to have removed the ad. The super PAC did not respond to a request for comment on Gingrichs latest demand.
Romney and his millionaire SUPER PAC friends are really something!
Romney and the establishment have waged all out war on the conservative base, the south and many who want to choose their candidate.
They are so desperate to see their north east socially liberal RINO that they have waged all out and out war and broken their own rules, stuffed the debates with their own k and i should know as I tried to get in only to find that the RINO’s were pout in place
What can we say. This is becoming a disaster.
I might have before but I will never vote for that scumbag Romney.
of course not. Remember how it was NOT to be mentioned his middle name or that he smoked?
The current War we fight against the Left is never fair. But one thing they have that we do not, is loyalty and a strong sense of unity, even when they are wrong and stupid.
Check out “Contributors” One major one is a “hedge Fund Capitalist”, ANOTHER guuy like Romney. Another contributor is a front organization, now defunct.
Romney IS the Republican Obama. There is no low too low to stoop.
A Phantom Candidate backed by a Phantom Corporation.
“of course not. Remember how it was NOT to be mentioned his middle name or that he smoked?”
or that he was born in Kenya.
The left is definitely united in stupidity, heh
RINO’s are more interested in attacking conservatives than the Democrats, I think we saw that in Dole and McCain
This was just one of about 6 different attack ads they ran in Florida morning, noon and night. The morning news show we watch out of Tampa, ran Romney and his PAC attack ads on Gingrich four and five times an hour.
Yes. I myself was watching Fox News Martha McCallum interviewing Talent with the Romney team a few months ago and she ran the whole Romney attack ad that Gingrich had sent a legal notice out about to all networks advising them not to run them as they were false. It said “Internet Ad” on the video so I am not sure if that is how Fox was able to get by with running it but I let Gingrich know what I saw and provided a link to it. I am fed up with the antics of Fox.
What they did and how they acted here in FL was sickening.
My wife and I had to live up there while he was Gov and every time we saw those AD’s we were screaming at the TV because of the lies he was saying.
Romney like obama cannot run on anything so they find an enemy and attack and the now pulling our of the debates shows they still fear Newt.
given up on FOX, When they hired Sally Kohn then we should all know that they have turned very much left wing and thanks to Megyn Kelly Kohn got the job at FOX.
for anyone who does not know who John is then you’ll be surprised at how radical she is and after trying to shut down, demean and insult FOX she now infiltrates.
Is this not protected political speech?
Isn’t it legal to lie in political adds?
I’m not sure how Newt could win a law suit on this, because if he could, then the democrats could be sued for every single add they run, and everytime any one of them speaks.
Now, those questions being asked, and that being said, I really feel like Mitt Romney needs to be scraped from the shoe treads of conservatives with a twig.
I am no longer certain that I can vote for this POS if he wins the nomination, even if that means Obama gets re-elected -_-
Romney, and the GOP pretty much, make me want to RALPH.
I'm pretty disappointed that Santorum pulled out of the debate as well.
The handwriting on the wall about Santorum is getting to be pretty plain.
This from a guy who was strongly pro abortion for the first 56 years of his life?*
*of course even his supporters still don’t believe he is pro life, that’s why they’re willing to vote for him.
to you and I and others but some still cannot see it.
Pulling out of that debate proves that they fear Newt and if they fear him how on earth can they expect to debate obama.
Saying that it seems Newt wants to be President, while it seems some just want the nomination and thinks the south the base , conservatives will get in line as per usual, the north east beltway establishment might even throw a bone like 2008 and put a decent person on the VP ticket and we’re too stupid to see what they are doing, or so they think as some of us are pissed off with all of this and their backroom deals.
Romney is a disgusting pig. He is no different that Hussein and his Axelrod clan.
I think all that is missing from the article is was any of the money given to China and used for the one child policy? If we gave money to the UN, do we know how it was spent? Why did we send money to a UN Population control group?
In general, I dont like candidates suing because of misleading commercials, and it will be very tough to prove libel or slander (not sure which one is covered on tv) against a politician.
That is great :D
Thanks much for a good belly laugh!
“In general, I dont like candidates suing because of misleading commercials, and it will be very tough to prove libel or slander (not sure which one is covered on tv) against a politician.”
I consider this “Threat” by Gingrich a “Protest”. Think what would be said if he did not.
Romney is afraid of Newt. He [and his PAC] put out ads that lie or twist the truth ($2million/day of ads in FL for 10 days leading up to the vote].
Newt said he was blind-sided by Mitt’s flat out lies during the FL debate but will be prepared to deal with him doing that in the coming debates. So Mitt pulls out of the GA debate (Newt’s turf), packs the AZ debate with his people (like FL); the Reagan Library debate is pulled.
I expect Newt will be ignored for much of the AZ debate and if he zings Mitt, his supporter packed auditorium will boo. And when grinning, stuttering Mitt makes a funny, they will all laugh and cheer.
Well I don’t like politicians lying. What is Gingrich supposed to do, just let them make stuff up and run filthy ads like Romney did in Florida. The dastardly duo have decided not to debate again so when would you like Newt to confront them? He isn’t allowed to defend himself because that means he is going negative. I have never seen such rot gut political tactics in my lifetime. I hope newt sues them to hell and back, at least he has the balls to do so.
On the other, it's the United Way argument. Placing a prohibition on the use of the fund, still helps and enables the agency that is performing the prohibited activity. It does this by freeing up other funds that would have been used for the non-prohibited activity to be used on the prohibited activity.
On the third hand, the misleading spin on legislative votes is really getting out of hand. Like some of the "Santorum is a big government liberal" lists, the vote on legislation is misrepresented to be something it's not.
A large fraction of the left works in government. Their paychecks depend upon winning.
Newt will win Georgia. Santorum knows it.
He'd rather spend his time on winning in Michigan or Arizona.
The handwriting on the wall about Santorum is getting to be pretty plain.
It is for those willing to read what it actually says.
Romney is such a scumbag liar.
A bill in 1989 included provisions to fund the UN Population Fund. He never voted for this legislation and this never became law. This bill would not have overturned the Mexico City policy, and this funding would never have gone through. Gingrich was assured that Ronald Reagans Mexico City Policy, which prohibits any American tax dollars from funding or promoting abortions overseas, was in effect, so no funds from this bill would go toward supporting Chinas barbaric One Child policy or any other programs that used abortion as means for population control.
Newt supported a very limited aspect of the 1989 bill that promoted hydrogen energy research. This is consistent with his long support of aggressively developing American sources of energy, including American oil, natural gas, coal, and alternatives. The same week he supported these aspects, he voted against the Kostmayer Amendment, legislation seeking to nullify the entire Mexico City Policy.
Gingrich has always supported the Mexico City policy, and on day one of his presidency, he will reinstate Ronald Reagans policy to assure that no tax dollars fund non-governmental agencies or charities that perform or promote abortions in foreign countries.
Yeah, Romney is one of the biggest liars I have ever seen. He has no shame. No doubt he is the enemy of conservatives. He will never go after Obama like this, but is just fine doing it to a conservative Republican. This is vicious.
I don’t see how Newt supports him if he is the nominee, Romney’s campaign wants to “destroy Newt.”. Therefore, Romney is working to detroy a brilliant voice of conservatism, individual freedom, and limited, small government policy. It is a damn shame. We need voices like Newt’s right now.
That is a sad conclusion. But that is how they gained control in the first place. They got together, infiltrated the system and then took over with each others help.
And getting control back from them is not going to be easy. Especially when they control the media.
Newt Gingrich Challenges Romney’s Abortion Record. Whatch Mitt lying through his speech. His body language reveals it.
Romney on Abortion - 2002
Willard Mitt Romney’s flip-flops on Abortion
“I dont see how Newt supports him if he is the nominee, Romneys campaign wants to destroy Newt.. Therefore, Romney is working to detroy a brilliant voice of conservatism, individual freedom, and limited, small government policy. It is a damn shame. We need voices like Newts right now.”
Gingrichs consistent pro-life standard is reflected by the following:
1. 98.6% Lifetime Pro-Life Rating from the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC). For the 20 years that Gingrich served in Congress (1979-1999), Gingrich supported the pro-life position in 70 out of 71 votes. (In the one instance that he did not take the NRLC position, it was because the NRLC opposed an early 1995 version of welfare reform because it changed certain welfare payments for mothers with children; NRLC did not oppose the final version of Gingrichs welfare reform passed in 1996)
2. Supported the Hyde Amendment. Gingrich consistently voted for the Hyde amendment and other bans on government funding of abortions.
3. Partial Birth Abortion Ban. During Gingrichs tenure as Speaker, the House of Representatives twice passed legislation banning partial birth abortions. President Clinton vetoed this legislation both times. Finally, a partial birth abortion ban was signed into law in 2003. The legislative effort to ban partial birth abortions had a very positive impact increasing pro-life support in the United States.
4. Signed the Susan B. Anthony List Pro-Life Leadership Presidential Pledge (which Romney REFUSED to sign). In June 2011, Gingrich signed the SBA List Pro-Life Leadership Presidential pledge in which Gingrich pledges to the American people that if elected President he will (i) only nominate judges to the Supreme Court and federal judiciary who are committed to restraint and applying the original meaning of the Constitution, and not legislating from the bench (ii) select pro-life appointees for relevant executive branch positions, (iii) advance pro-life legislation to permanently end all taxpayer funding of abortion in all domestic and international spending programs, (iv) defund Planned Parenthood; and (v) advance and sign into law a Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act to protect unborn children who are capable of feeling pain from abortion.
5. Pledges to Sign Two Pro-life Executive Orders on the first day of a Gingrich Administration.
i. Mexico City Policy of Respect for Life. Reauthorize President Ronald Reagans policy also known as the Mexico City Policy to stop the federal funding of any non-governmental agencies or charities that perform or promote abortions in foreign countries.
ii. Respect the Beliefs and Integrity of Healthcare Workers. No American working in a medical environment should be forced to perform any action or procedure that he or she finds morally or ethically objectionable. This protection should include, but not be limited to, abortion and sterilization procedures. Existing conscience clause protections need to be strengthened.
Look how the Washington Post has begun pulling out all the stops to take out Newt.
I don’t believe I have EVER seen an article that used so many negative quotes about someone.
” Newt will win Georgia. Santorum knows it. “
There was an earlier thread up this morning where Newt himself laid the possibility of a loss in Georgia. I didn’t internalize it, because I didn’t like hearing him say that, “the way things have been going, who knows...”, referring to whether he could win Georgia.
That is not a phrase for a healthy campaign, however, when
spoken by the candidate himself, if you know what I mean.
He has to have some wins but the crushing weight of the RINO’s assisted by the media black out has Newt effectively silenced, if not marginalized for the time being. How does a guy overcome that with so little money?
I am afraid that $10 million dollar donation will barely make it TO Super Tuesday, and without a sweep of sorts, it will be gone by Tuesday evening. Probably permanently.
I am having a fearful day dealing with “helpless” overload.
"Any politician who regards the adult use of contraceptives as a matter under his own purview cannot lay claim to the limited government label, nor can he credibly invoke a tradition rooted in the pursuit of happiness." - Conor Friedersdorf
The full quote:
Newt: "Look, given this kind of a year, who knows? Gingrich told reporters outside of a Beverly Hills restaurant when asked if he could lose his home state in the Super Tuesday sweepstakes on March 6. Romney could lose Michigan. Santorum could lose Pennsylvania. Who knows whats going to happen?
"Host: So, would birth control be covered by that notion of freedom without responsibility?
Santorum: I'm--look, I vote and have supported, you know, birth control because it is not the taking of a human life. But, you know, I'm not a believer in birth control--in artificial birth control. Again, I think it goes down the line of being able to do whatever you want to do without having the responsibility that comes with that. And I don't think it--it breaks what I think--now, this is from a personal point of view. From a governmental point of view, I support, you know, Title X, I guess it is, and have voted for contraception--although I don't think it works. I think it's harmful to women, I think it's harmful to our society to have a society that says that, you know, sex outside of marriage is something that should be encouraged or tolerated, particularly among the young, and I think it has--and we've seen very, very harmful long-term consequences to a society. So birth control to me enables that, and I don't think it's a healthy thing for our country.
Sen. Santorum not only "doesn't vote against contraception," but voted to subsidize it.
(Title X was a Nixon-era family-planning program that directs federal taxpayer money to, among others, the pro-abortion group Planned Parenthood.)
Is there any information about who the donors, staff, and filmmakers for this SuperPAC are? Clearly they are free to work for or sponsor or create these ads, but it would be helpful to know who’s behind it all.
I’d also be interested in knowing if any of the professional staff for this SuperPAC were on the McCain campaign in ‘08 and had any part in the sabotaging of that campaign and/or the personal destruction of Sarah Palin.
“Romney is one of the biggest liars I have ever seen. He has no shame.”
“A defining moment in Mitt Romney’s post-pro-life-conversion political career came in his third year as governor of Massachusetts, when he decided Catholic hospitals would be required under his interpretation of a new state law to give rape victims a drug that can induce abortions.
Romney announced this decision — saying it was the “right thing for hospitals” to do — just two days after he had taken the opposite position.
the Massachusetts legislature considered an “emergency contraception” mandate. It would have allowed pharmacists to sell Plan B — an abortifacient — without a prescription and without parental consent. It also would have required all hospitals to inform rape victims of the availability of such “emergency contraceptives” and provide them to the rape victim if she wanted them even when they would cause an abortion.
Maria Parker of the Massachusetts Catholic Conference, the public policy organization of the state’s Catholic bishops, explained in testimony to the state legislature why Catholic hospitals could not do this.”