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Questions Surface On Gingrich Campaign Travel Payments
The Washington Times ^ | February 18, 2012 | Luke Rosiak

Posted on 02/18/2012 8:47:33 PM PST by Steelfish

Questions Surface On Gingrich Campaign Travel Payments By Luke Rosiak February 17, 2012

When Newt Gingrich’s campaign disclosed in October it planned to pay the candidate $70,000 for travel expenses in the third quarter, the transfer was an anomaly among presidential campaigns.

But weeks ago, the former House speaker revised his third-quarter bill: He actually expected to personally receive $115,000 of the funds donated to his campaign to reimburse himself for expenses during that period.

The campaign would not explain how the candidate forgot about $45,000 in receipts, what they were for or why the campaign wasn’t simply paying the invoices directly, as other campaigns do. Far beyond that payment, the uses of donations to Mr. Gingrich’s campaign are being obscured on a massive scale by the unprecedented use of a legally questionable tactic, The Washington Times found one that has accompanied the flow of the better part of a million dollars in unexplained cash to Mr. Gingrich, family members and top staffers.

The money reportedly was to reimburse employees for unspecified expenses in what amounted to petty cash exceeding their entire salaries, The Times’s analysis of federal records showed. The move would be permitted only if, election lawyers say, that money was spread across so many vendors that not a single company received more than $200 in total.

“That’s an enormous amount of money, and not $200 wound up in the same place? I find that extraordinarily hard to believe,” said Brett Kappel, an election-law lawyer for Arent Fox LLC, a law firm and lobbying group based in Washington, D.C. “I’ve never seen a major presidential campaign run this way but I’ve only been doing this for 21 years.

“If this recurs throughout the campaign, this is the kind of issue where you get audited,” he said.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtontimes.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: evilpropaganda; gingrich; mittstricks; propaganda; reimbursements; rickstricks; romneydirt; romneydirtytrick; smellslikemitt; tiffanys
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1 posted on 02/18/2012 8:47:41 PM PST by Steelfish
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To: Steelfish

“The Washington Times found one that has accompanied the flow of the better part of a million dollars in unexplained cash to Mr. Gingrich, family members and top staffers.”

Would this be a body blow to the Gingrich campaign?


2 posted on 02/18/2012 8:49:40 PM PST by Steelfish (ui)
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To: Steelfish

I don’t know. It is questions now, I suppose answers will answer your question.


3 posted on 02/18/2012 8:52:45 PM PST by Irenic
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To: Steelfish

This is so much bogus nonsense. I recently wrote this when a Santo guy who went trolling. Seems appropriate to re-post it here:

“I saw that yesterday and it’s looks cheesy bogus. I’m still awaiting for the ball-less FEC to look into all those $$ millions of foreign funds that illegally filled Obama’s coffer back in 2008. Yeah that right, not a dang thing happened to the ‘above the law’ Obama.

And, BTW, a presidential campaign can legally pay the candidate up to $400,000. It’s the very reason Al Sharpton ran every 4 years and loony tunes RuPaul still runs for elections. It is to pad their incomes. “


4 posted on 02/18/2012 8:53:06 PM PST by Red Steel
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To: Steelfish

What? You think a trophy wife like Calista comes cheap?


5 posted on 02/18/2012 8:53:22 PM PST by Craftmore
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To: Steelfish

Is there a source?


6 posted on 02/18/2012 8:54:04 PM PST by stefanbatory (Insert witty tagline here)
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To: Steelfish

No, it would an attempt by the RNC and the mormom Bishop, and his supporters who pay for SWEATER VEST, to take out Gingrich and buy the nomination.


7 posted on 02/18/2012 8:54:04 PM PST by Rome2000 (Rick Santorum voted against Right toWork)
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To: Steelfish
Is there a "controlling legal authority" for that stuff now?

Things were so much easier back in Algore's day. /s

8 posted on 02/18/2012 8:54:18 PM PST by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: Steelfish

Is this self-appointed watch group auditing anyone else? No? And in the midst of the campaign? I guess the Romney bots want to try and stick a stake in his heart, eh?


9 posted on 02/18/2012 8:54:18 PM PST by Dogbert41 ("...or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the Great King. " -Jesus)
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To: Steelfish
Would this be a body blow to the Gingrich campaign?

Nope, try again.

10 posted on 02/18/2012 8:54:38 PM PST by Red Steel
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To: Steelfish
You got the article publishing date wrong. It was published yesterday, "Friday, February 17, 2012."
11 posted on 02/18/2012 9:05:05 PM PST by Red Steel
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To: Steelfish

A great many of the contributors to Romney’s political action committee were corporate lobbyists or lobbying firms.

One of those firms was Arent Fox LLC. Arent Fox gave Mitt Romney back in May of 2010, right in the middle of the big health care reform hullaballoo.

Arent Fox just so happens to have lobbied the federal government on behalf of Watson Pharmaceuticals at that time. Another lobbying client of Arent Fox last year was Admetech, another pharmaceuticals company.

http://irregulartimes.com/index.php/archives/2011/02/01/mitt-romney-takes-cash-from-arent-fox-pharmaceuticals-lobbyists/


12 posted on 02/18/2012 9:05:56 PM PST by kcvl
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To: Steelfish

As I recall, the Gingrich campaign didn’t have any funds before October of last year. Most likely all expenses till that time were paid by Gingrich, his family and staff. When the campaign did start to receive more substantial donations, they probably sought to collect for all the preceding outlays.

As I also recall, back in the ‘08 campaign, Rudy was riding high as the frontrunner thru almost all of ‘07, then out of nowhere McCain emerged. Before that, he was shown carrying his own bags through airports. His staff were working without pay or reimbursement through that period. I’d bet once he caught on and that campaign received funding, they were able to be reimburse for the preceding period.


13 posted on 02/18/2012 9:11:15 PM PST by EDINVA
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** Washington Times - 3 days ago Time for Newt to go. He’s not going to be the Comeback Kid. TYRRELL: Exit Newt - Washington Times
**Exit Newt. Nation needs a normal leader, not another narcissist. **Newt Gingrich: The loneliness of the long distance candidate ...
Feb 5, 2012 ...


14 posted on 02/18/2012 9:19:35 PM PST by anglian
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To: stefanbatory

The Washington Times it seems did the investigation. No question that others in the media are now searching for more details. I guess we’ll hear and know more in the days ahead.


15 posted on 02/18/2012 9:19:40 PM PST by Steelfish (ui)
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To: EDINVA
Sounds exactly like how it's done.

One good thing about Newt is he's VERY honest. Period.

That's just another reason why I want him in Rick's cabinet.


16 posted on 02/18/2012 9:19:40 PM PST by CainConservative (Santorum/Huck 2012 w/ Newt, Cain, Palin, Bach, Parker, Watts, Duncan, & Petraeus in the Cabinet)
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To: EDINVA

You may be right here. The WT says its found close to $1m in “unexplained” cash reimbursement payments. I am sure the MSM will pick on this in the next couple of days and we’ll have a dust storm over it. Either way, these kinds of news stories will have a negative pull on the candidate. And when the dust settles, there goes Adelson’s $20m in smoke.


17 posted on 02/18/2012 9:25:03 PM PST by Steelfish (ui)
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To: Steelfish
Lord, are you awful..so transparent.

Convicted by name only.

Don't ever sign up for jury duty, okay?

18 posted on 02/18/2012 9:30:06 PM PST by Christie at the beach (I like Newt and would love to see political dead bodies on the floor.)
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To: Steelfish

Yeah, it’s that JEW MONEY eh? Why not just be clear and come out with your true feelings...


19 posted on 02/18/2012 9:31:38 PM PST by Dogbert41 ("...or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the Great King. " -Jesus)
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To: Steelfish
I guess we’ll hear and know more in the days ahead.

I guess not because they got bupkis what is written here.

20 posted on 02/18/2012 9:32:00 PM PST by Red Steel
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To: Steelfish
Tell us it ain't so Steelfish !


21 posted on 02/18/2012 9:33:26 PM PST by American Constitutionalist (The fool has said in his heart, " there is no GOD " ..)
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To: Christie at the beach

I don’t think we should behave like the three proverbial monkeys in examining news about our candidates especially when made by conservative media. Don’t for a moment think the MSM will not pick on this in the next few days and blow it up sky high.


22 posted on 02/18/2012 9:33:26 PM PST by Steelfish (ui)
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To: CainConservative
Newt is presidential and fighting. Ricky has the non Romney vote and copies Newt's words..
23 posted on 02/18/2012 9:33:55 PM PST by Christie at the beach (I like Newt and would love to see political dead bodies on the floor.)
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To: Steelfish

As I said above, I saw this BS article yesterday, and guess who popped into my mind about who would post this article on FR? Yeah - you. LoL.


24 posted on 02/18/2012 9:35:09 PM PST by Red Steel
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To: kcvl
From the same article, referencing Romney:

Wealthy business associates who want to give to a super PAC supporting Mr. Romney have formed shell corporations so donor disclosures show only a cryptically-named company without saying where that company got its money.

25 posted on 02/18/2012 9:35:09 PM PST by JediJones (Just say NO to the MittRick system! Disenfranchise the establishment!)
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To: Rome2000
IF ?? your assertion is true ? how come Newt Gingrich's SuperPac money donor just gave him $ 10 Million to go after Rick Santorum ? .
According to a WSJ article picked up by HOTAIR website, Adelson got back into the race and gave Newt $ 10 Million to go after Rick Santorum to peal away support and votes to help Mitt Romney.
26 posted on 02/18/2012 9:37:22 PM PST by American Constitutionalist (The fool has said in his heart, " there is no GOD " ..)
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To: Steelfish

When will “questions surface” about the MILLIONS Obama got in ILLEGAL campaign cash from Arab nations in 2008?


27 posted on 02/18/2012 9:38:32 PM PST by montag813
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To: Dogbert41; American Constitutionalist

Gambling cash- ok with me. Political donations to candidates are always a gamble.


28 posted on 02/18/2012 9:39:01 PM PST by Steelfish (ui)
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To: Steelfish

Adelson donated to the Gingrich SuperPAC. This article is about the Gingrich campaign.


29 posted on 02/18/2012 9:40:52 PM PST by JediJones (Just say NO to the MittRick system! Disenfranchise the establishment!)
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To: Steelfish

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2847329/posts


30 posted on 02/18/2012 9:43:19 PM PST by American Constitutionalist (The fool has said in his heart, " there is no GOD " ..)
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To: Red Steel

Oh so YOU suppressed posting it because it wasn’t flattering of whoever you seem to support even if it was from a conservative news source? Shouldn’t we be interested in media screening of all candidates? or just only some?


31 posted on 02/18/2012 9:44:08 PM PST by Steelfish (ui)
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To: Steelfish

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2846572/posts


32 posted on 02/18/2012 9:45:13 PM PST by American Constitutionalist (The fool has said in his heart, " there is no GOD " ..)
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To: Steelfish
Lets look at this BS for example one of many.

"The money reportedly was to reimburse employees for unspecified expenses in what amounted to petty cash exceeding their entire salaries, The Times’s analysis of federal records showed."

You mean to tell me Wa-Times that the Gingrich campaign still reported it to the FEC?? They can't be that dumb if they were going to embezzle the cash. You can put 10s of thousands dollars on personal credit depending how much credit you have or even pay it out of pocket to front campaign expenses. Campaigns are expensive. Just bupkis and Rino BS.

33 posted on 02/18/2012 9:46:16 PM PST by Red Steel
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To: Steelfish
Let's face it, folks. This is the plan and we are being played for suckers.

The only one who will be left standing next November is 0bama. Everybody else will be destroyed by the 0bama machine and the news media (but, I repeat myself).

Stalin and Hitler both perfected these techniques decades ago. They work and they are in play to destroy this country.

34 posted on 02/18/2012 9:49:29 PM PST by Gritty (Rather than building bridges, Obama is poisoning wells - Rep. Paul Ryan)
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To: Red Steel

As I said before, answers and explanations will be forthcoming in the next couple of days. The MSM are probably digging into this at this moment. The point of course is that even if no wrongdoing is proved, the dust storm created will stifle any chance Gingrich will have of a third resurrection unless he unleashes against the MSM in the next debate with a resounding defense. Time will tell. It is of course quite telling that a conservative news outlet carried the investigation in this case to conclude that nearly $1m went unexplained for in cash to close family members and staff. Couldn’t they find at least “some” explanation?


35 posted on 02/18/2012 9:54:16 PM PST by Steelfish (ui)
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To: Steelfish
You still posted it. I can't suppress anything on FR. I deferred it to you since I figured you would run with this dubious article and I would hammer it since it is full of holes.

Shouldn’t we be interested in media screening of all candidates? or just only some?

You're the one totally interested in placing negative article about Newt Gingrich and never about "Saint" Rick. Seems to me that you're doing more than your share of screening here.

36 posted on 02/18/2012 9:59:15 PM PST by Red Steel
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To: montag813

“When will “questions surface” about the MILLIONS Obama got in ILLEGAL campaign cash from Arab nations in 2008?”
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That illegality would have to be “detected” first and the “establishment” had (and even more so now has) its head firmly (and intentionally) planted in the sand. The way this fraud was likely done was via many, many thousands of small (less than $200 - mostly in $25 & $50 increments) contributions with separate fictitious names/IDs. Contributions of less than $200 do not have to be disclosed. It would take a not particularly large number of operatives to effectuate this contribution scheme over a period of months.

Any team of competent and determined investigators could uncover this type of bogus source of funds. However the “authorities” did not choose to pursue this possibility. And of course it didn’t help that Obama’s fundraising operations somehow conveniently managed to “forget” to collect/maintain things such as IP address data of the campaign “contributors”.

So when will “questions surface”? Never. And dude, if YOU raise that question you’re a racist -— don’t you know that?


37 posted on 02/18/2012 10:02:22 PM PST by House Atreides
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To: Steelfish
The question that needs to be answered is why in the world is Newt's SuperPac donor giving another $ 10 Million to Newt to go after Rick Santorum to peal away support and votes away from Rick Santroum to help Mitt Romney.
The Newt supporters have gotten railroaded by the Newt Gingrich Campaign because Newt's SuperPac donor is only helping to peal away votes and support from Rick Santorum and in so helping Mitt Romney.
We told you so to not trust Newt.
38 posted on 02/18/2012 10:03:27 PM PST by American Constitutionalist (The fool has said in his heart, " there is no GOD " ..)
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To: Red Steel; American Constitutionalist; Lazlo in PA

That’s a nice try. But apparently you had already concluded this was “dubious” without telling us why. Perhaps, American Constitutionalist may be onto something with his post #38.


39 posted on 02/18/2012 10:09:28 PM PST by Steelfish (ui)
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To: Steelfish
It is of course quite telling that a conservative news outlet carried the investigation in this case to conclude that nearly $1m went unexplained for in cash to close family members and staff. Couldn’t they find at least “some” explanation?

Because the Times wasn't told about what was itemized doesn't mean it's not legally explainable. And furthermore, the Times do not say the payment of expenses was not illegal as they do NOT know.

40 posted on 02/18/2012 10:09:59 PM PST by Red Steel
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To: Red Steel

But would you think that before it ran this story, the WT would have sought to obtain an explanation from the Gingrich campaign? Are you claiming reckless journalism by the WT?


41 posted on 02/18/2012 10:14:21 PM PST by Steelfish (ui)
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To: Steelfish
IF ??? this story turns out to be true...

All I can say to the Newt Coulters ( as in Ann Coulter ) is ?

YOU HAVE BEEN HAD and RAILROADED by Newt and his campaign..

42 posted on 02/18/2012 10:18:05 PM PST by American Constitutionalist (The fool has said in his heart, " there is no GOD " ..)
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To: Steelfish

He has nothing. He doesn’t know why Adelson is not supporting Rick. It could any number of reasons that he has no clue about.


43 posted on 02/18/2012 10:18:16 PM PST by Red Steel
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To: Steelfish

Steelfish ? what are the Newt supporters going to do with this ? help Newt and send more money to Newt’s campaign ? .. more money down the rabbit hole for the Newt supporters I guess.


44 posted on 02/18/2012 10:21:39 PM PST by American Constitutionalist (The fool has said in his heart, " there is no GOD " ..)
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To: Steelfish

What’s that smell?

Smells like ... Mitt Romney.

Yuck.


45 posted on 02/18/2012 10:22:53 PM PST by Cringing Negativism Network ("The door is open" PALIN 2012)
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To: American Constitutionalist

What concern of it is yours what others do thier own money?


46 posted on 02/18/2012 10:25:25 PM PST by KingNo155
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To: American Constitutionalist

Who’s this “we” you’re talking about?

I noticed that you never replied to Jim the other day.....Interesting.

Is Jim also a Newt Coulters ( as in Ann Coulter ) ?

GO NEWT!!!!


47 posted on 02/18/2012 10:31:34 PM PST by onyx (SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC, DONATE MONTHLY. If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, let me know.)
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To: KingNo155

How about when the Federal Government mishandles “ Other people’s money “ ?


48 posted on 02/18/2012 10:32:15 PM PST by American Constitutionalist (The fool has said in his heart, " there is no GOD " ..)
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49 posted on 02/18/2012 10:32:29 PM PST by onyx (SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC, DONATE MONTHLY. If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, let me know.)
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To: onyx

Well, Jim has not responded to some of my questions to him.


50 posted on 02/18/2012 10:34:18 PM PST by American Constitutionalist (The fool has said in his heart, " there is no GOD " ..)
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