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Gingrich think tank collected millions from health-care industry ($37 million & MANDATE)
Wapo ^ | 11/18/11 | Dan Eggen

Posted on 11/18/2011 2:51:00 AM PST by Fred

A think tank founded by GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich collected at least $37 million over the past eight years from major health-care companies and industry groups, offering special access to the former House speaker and other perks, according to records and interviews.

The Center for Health Transformation, which opened in 2003, brought in dues of as much as $200,000 per year from insurers and other health-care firms, offering some of them “access to Newt Gingrich” and “direct Newt interaction,” according to promotional materials. The biggest funders, including firms such as AstraZeneca, Blue Cross Blue Shield and Novo Nordisk, were also eligible to receive discounts on “products and workshops” from other Gingrich groups.

The health center advocated, among other things, requiring that “anyone who earns more than $50,000 a year must purchase health insurance or post a bond,” a type of insurance mandate that has since become anathema to conservatives.

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1 posted on 11/18/2011 2:51:03 AM PST by Fred
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To: Fred
I don't have time right now, but from what I've heard via XMSIRIUS talk radio, these are consulting fees and not lobbying fees.

I don't know if there is a difference, but I would THINK there is.

Anyway, not having made up my mind, I'm still looking at Newt for the betterment of our nation, and I'm not sure whom to settle on.

I'm starting to think there are too many good people in the race and NO ONE is the perfect conservative.

2 posted on 11/18/2011 3:05:28 AM PST by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: Fred

Response I posted at site:

A think tank is a private group which hires itself out to anyone who wants to pay for it’s advice. Think tanks recommend a course of action or postulate what the future may hold for any given concern and make recommendations on how the concern should navigate through the problematic future happenings on the horizon.

While the Lib media makes an issue about this because it concerns a Conservative running for office, they depend on the total ignorance of their readership to not see a think tank is no different then a financial adviser who tells people where to invest to maximize or protect assets in both troubled or prosperous times.


3 posted on 11/18/2011 3:08:55 AM PST by 101voodoo
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To: 101voodoo

Newt is advocating a MANDATE!!! That is why he was hired.

Ya know like Obamacare Romneycare...NewtCare


4 posted on 11/18/2011 3:12:33 AM PST by Fred (no job no house no gas no food no problem Obama 2012)
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To: 101voodoo

Thanx .. that’s what I was thinking, but not smart enough (or it’s too early with not enough coffee) to say it that way.


5 posted on 11/18/2011 3:13:14 AM PST by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: knarf

“these are consulting fees and not lobbying fees”

Right. Just like Freddie Mac, I’m sure they were only paying Newt $37 million for his historical perspective. /s

And I’m sure it had nothing to do with imposing a healthcare mandate nationwide (obamacare) which obviously benefits the healthcare industry, by forcing everyone to buy their product.


7 posted on 11/18/2011 3:17:13 AM PST by BarnacleCenturion (Heartless)
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To: knarf

What are we anti capitalism


8 posted on 11/18/2011 3:17:18 AM PST by scooby321
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To: BarnacleCenturion

It actually explains why Newt wandered off the conservative plantation, since he was being paid big bucks to do so. It also begs the question, did he do it for the money, or because he believed in it?


9 posted on 11/18/2011 3:21:35 AM PST by ez ("Abashed the Devil stood and felt how awful goodness is." - Milton, "Paradise Lost")
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To: 101voodoo

I’m going to make the wild guess that Newt has smashed all records for a pol trading on his influence to make a fortune for himself.

Yes, it was after he left office, which is when most pols and their aides cash in.

No, he was apparently not a lobbyist so registered with Congress.

But it sure sounds like Freddie and the others were paying him millions of dollars for at least his using his knowledge to help them to lobby more effectively and also to buy his public advocacy for positions and policies favorable to them, whether in the mortgage, health or energy fields, among those sectors we are aware of.

It may help to explain his soulless and often big-government oriented, non-conservative positions over the years. Certainly it is information that should come to light during these early stages of the vetting process.


10 posted on 11/18/2011 3:22:18 AM PST by 9YearLurker
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To: 101voodoo

“a think tank is no different then a financial adviser”

Newt is not a physician, nor a healthcare specialist.

He took money to get legislation passed by congress. As a former speaker he has influence and can get that done.


11 posted on 11/18/2011 3:25:41 AM PST by BarnacleCenturion (Heartless)
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To: Timber Rattler; onyx; Josh Painter

More spam from the 2 account troll.

TIMBLER RATTLER = VIRGINIA RIDGERUNNER


12 posted on 11/18/2011 3:25:51 AM PST by b9 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=_hd23sdf4CE)
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To: ez

Just a humble opinion....but Newt winning...would be like having Obama version 2.0 in office. No worries about birth certificates, but all this money from the past and think-tank dealings....gives him a pretty slimy appearance.


13 posted on 11/18/2011 3:28:47 AM PST by pepsionice
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To: BarnacleCenturion

Denial is a bad thing....


14 posted on 11/18/2011 3:30:39 AM PST by Fred (no job no house no gas no food no problem Obama 2012)
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To: Timber Rattler

yawn, another noob and his spam posts...


15 posted on 11/18/2011 3:30:40 AM PST by Repeal The 17th
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To: Repeal The 17th

So which of those stories are false? Specifics please.


16 posted on 11/18/2011 3:32:09 AM PST by Timber Rattler (Don't Tread on Me!)
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To: Timber Rattler

No spamming, please.


17 posted on 11/18/2011 3:36:05 AM PST by Sidebar Moderator
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To: Timber Rattler

Are you alleging that there was something illegal or unethical about providing these consulting services? How so?


18 posted on 11/18/2011 3:40:47 AM PST by Ramius (personally, I give us... one chance in three. More tea?)
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To: Fred

Nice try. I’m still voting for him.


19 posted on 11/18/2011 3:43:00 AM PST by Reagan69 (I supported Sarah Palin and all I got was a lousy DVD !)
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To: Fred

So what? Isn’t it strange how all the leading Republican candidates get attacked by White House surrogates?


20 posted on 11/18/2011 3:44:51 AM PST by popdonnelly (Socialism isn't going to work this time, either.)
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To: Ramius

Illegal, no. Unethical, maybe. Conservative, definitely not.


21 posted on 11/18/2011 3:45:49 AM PST by Timber Rattler (Don't Tread on Me!)
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To: 9YearLurker
“I’m going to make the wild guess that Newt has smashed all records for a pol trading on his influence to make a fortune for himself.”

Al Gore beats him by about a billion, but I'd rather have Herman Cain. Newth has advocated both sides of issues and is not as conservative as he claims in the primaries.

22 posted on 11/18/2011 3:49:50 AM PST by FR_addict
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To: Fred

And??


23 posted on 11/18/2011 3:51:48 AM PST by Solson (The Voters stole the election! And the establishment wants it back.)
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To: Timber Rattler

What’s not conservative about providing advice and being paid for it? You don’t even know what the advice was.


24 posted on 11/18/2011 3:51:57 AM PST by Ramius (personally, I give us... one chance in three. More tea?)
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To: FR_addict

Oh, yeah, forgot about Al.

I think you’re right about Newt.

On the other hand, Cain’s abject ignorance is embarrassing and not appropriate to the office of the president IMO.

We’re really in a tight spot scouring our candidate list.


25 posted on 11/18/2011 3:52:29 AM PST by 9YearLurker
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To: Timber Rattler

None of them are false, of course; they’re just all too happy to support Newt because he’s a good talker.

Never mind the fact that he supports the individual mandate like Romney.

Never mind the fact that he’s flip-flopped on global warming like Romney.

Never mind his ties to and support for ethanol, which is an abject failure that is destructive to engines.

There are plenty of other candidates with better credentials. I’d vote for Herman Cain, Ron Paul, Michele Bachmann, Rick Santorum, or even Rick Perry (gag) over Newt any day of the week.


26 posted on 11/18/2011 3:54:55 AM PST by Cato in PA (The Herminator 2: Judgment Day 2012)
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To: Fred

After Newt left Congress - he created a consulting group that could use his expertise and navigation skills to stay ahead of the socialist trend in the Federal Government and its agencies.

He had no influence - only information.

Newt did not leave office a millionaire so he earned an income from he what he had observed and learned in office - fighting the Democrats and some in his own party.


27 posted on 11/18/2011 3:56:06 AM PST by sodpoodle (Loving America is not a fashion statement.)
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To: b9
I appreciate the Gingrich Truth File with it's links!

...and we do soon forget, if not reminded.

28 posted on 11/18/2011 3:57:55 AM PST by TexasCajun (Fast & Furious , Solyndra & Light Squared would be enough to impeach any White President !!)
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To: Cato in PA
...they’re just all too happy to support Newt because he’s a good talker.

That's about the size of it. And I was even told earlier this week that his record before 2009-2010 is irrelevant and does not matter.

Wow.

So much for our sacred vetting process.

29 posted on 11/18/2011 4:02:05 AM PST by Timber Rattler (Don't Tread on Me!)
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To: Fred

This is getting laughably transparent on the part of the media.

Build one of our guys up... once he reaches the top, have fun destroying him.

Except Mitt Romney, who you can bet will be the last one standing.

Even THIS field of crap candidates, we’re not allowed to choose our own... and we’re not even making it hard for them.


30 posted on 11/18/2011 4:07:36 AM PST by Pravious
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To: Cato in PA

“Never mind the fact that he’s flip-flopped on global warming”

I don’t think he has. He still thinks that urgent action is needed to stop global warming and he’s still in favor of cap and trade.

He also said recently that he’s still in favor of the national healthcare mandate.

He hasn’t backed down from any of his previous positions. He’s just avoiding them by talking about something else. Note that in the debates he always picks a fight with the moderators when they ask him a tough question. He dodges questions and criticizes others but is silent about his plan.


31 posted on 11/18/2011 4:10:40 AM PST by BarnacleCenturion (Heartless)
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To: Timber Rattler

Gonna be hard to debate all of these issue’s.


32 posted on 11/18/2011 4:12:10 AM PST by marygam ((Hurry November 2012, we might not make it))
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To: pepsionice

Just a humble opinion....but Newt winning...would be like having Obama version 2.0 in office.

With the possibility of a third term.


33 posted on 11/18/2011 4:13:33 AM PST by freedomfiter2 (Brutal acts of commission and yawning acts of omission both strengthen the hand of the devil.)
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To: knarf

It’s the lamebrain Cain supporters. They somehow think he can debate BHO on the issues. Cain would be our worst candidate...he couldn’t win a history debate with a 5th grader. Cain is ill prepared...he was out to sell books...that’s all. It would take a good year to get Cain caught up on the economy and foreign policy. He’s funny and a ladies man...but he’s no President I want.


34 posted on 11/18/2011 4:14:36 AM PST by maineman (BC EAGLES FAN)
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To: b9

Newt really does have the lefties rattled. obummer and the liberals are gonna lose all control in the next election and they are desperately trying to get something, some kind of mud to stick on all of our candidates. Ain’t gonna work. obummer’s marxism has failed and so has he and he’s taking the liberals down into failure with him. Sit back, watch, and enjoy the show cause the butt whoppin’s comng for the dems.


35 posted on 11/18/2011 4:15:04 AM PST by swampfox101
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To: BarnacleCenturion

Is this ur best shot? Have us seen ur boy obummer’s rap sheet? huh? hmmmm............

The butt whoppin’s coming in 2012 have ur fun these last days.....

obummer, ur boy, will be GONE.


36 posted on 11/18/2011 4:17:39 AM PST by swampfox101
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To: swampfox101

You’re right. Newt’s a Churchillian bulldog, for sure.


37 posted on 11/18/2011 4:19:14 AM PST by b9 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=_hd23sdf4CE)
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To: popdonnelly
yet more attacks from our side funny how we always attack our own , who needs the left anymore when we can destroy our own and this thread it seems was put up with one simple agenda. Destroy another candidate. Yes Fred it goes for you, stop the crap of destroying our own and stop doing the dirty work for the left. We have enough crap from the media and the left and we don't need more attacks from our own side.
38 posted on 11/18/2011 4:26:50 AM PST by manc (Marriage is between one man and one woman. I HATE OUR BIAS LIBERAL CORRUPT MEDIA)
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To: Timber Rattler

for a newbie you sure are vocal on destroying a candidate on our side hey.

Tell you what, let the left attack our own instead of our side attacking our own , that is if you are on our side and not on the left trying to destroy yet another candidate of ours.

Time will tell Timber Rattler


39 posted on 11/18/2011 4:30:59 AM PST by manc (Marriage is between one man and one woman. I HATE OUR BIAS LIBERAL CORRUPT MEDIA)
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To: knarf

I think that’s great. The more money his think tank made the better. AT least he didn’t fleece the country while in office like the current bunch of thieves are doing, on both sides.

Please read:

http://townhall.com/columnists/peterferrara/2011/11/18/newt_checks_and_balances_liberal_judges


40 posted on 11/18/2011 4:33:09 AM PST by nikos1121 (Stand up is hard if you're not funny.)
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To: nikos1121
If you want to read a REALLY downer article about the Republican candidates, including Newt, this is it:

Prepare Yourself for Obama's Second Term

http://www.americanthinker.com/2011/11/prepare_yourself_for_obamas_second_term.html

41 posted on 11/18/2011 4:42:20 AM PST by radioone ("2012 can't come soon enough")
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To: Fred

“Meet the new boss.... same as the old boss”.

LLS


42 posted on 11/18/2011 4:42:57 AM PST by LibLieSlayer ("Americans are hungry to feel once again a sense of mission and greatness." Ronaldo Magnus)
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To: scooby321

Add crony in front of it and yes... we are against crony capitalism and manipulating markets and proaganda to increase the power of a central government plan. Capitalism cannot survive the cronies... it dies and becomes communism.

LLS


43 posted on 11/18/2011 4:45:39 AM PST by LibLieSlayer ("Americans are hungry to feel once again a sense of mission and greatness." Ronaldo Magnus)
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To: manc
for a newbie you sure are vocal on destroying a candidate on our side hey.

Newt is NOT on our side. He's a RINO and out only for himself, as his record plainly shows.

Do you support RINOs? I thought that Free Republic was a CONSERVATIVE forum and NOT necessarily a Republican forum. It seems that a lot of people have forgotten that too.

44 posted on 11/18/2011 4:49:37 AM PST by Timber Rattler (Don't Tread on Me!)
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To: BarnacleCenturion
He took money to get legislation passed by congress. As a former speaker he has influence and can get that done.

That is just not true, Newt never lobbied congress.

I'm a Herminator, but let's try and get some facts correct.

Do you have any idea why businesses pay Consulting Companies billions of dollars for their Ideas?

Ever hear of Deloitte & Touche and their counterparts?

IBM has a consulting group {mostly with technical solutions that promote IBM stuff, but not always} and businesses pay them billions for their advice, whether the end user ends up buying IBM solutions or not.

There is a large gap between consultants and lobbyists.

45 posted on 11/18/2011 4:52:07 AM PST by USS Alaska (Nuke The Terrorist Savages)
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To: Fred

Man: I have reached a point where I want to throw all of the Candidates in the toilet and start fresh.

I guess the attacks are working.

They all look like sh*t.


46 posted on 11/18/2011 4:52:58 AM PST by Venturer
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To: BarnacleCenturion

Gingrich claims he never attempted to influence legislators. Have you evidence he spoke to any of them, offered them anything in order to get legislation past?

He claims as an adviser he gave the an opinion on how things they wanted could get done.


47 posted on 11/18/2011 4:53:50 AM PST by 101voodoo
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To: 9YearLurker

“No, he was apparently not a lobbyist so registered with Congress.”

Above renders the rest of what you say irrelevant. The explicit claim of the story is Gingrich acted as a lobbyist and there is not a shred of evidence to prove this. It’s a hit piece pure and simple and you fell for it because it’s what you want to believe.


48 posted on 11/18/2011 4:57:48 AM PST by 101voodoo
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To: Fred
As this is a report from the WashingtonPost, one needs to carefully tease facts from interpretation. Hell, if the WP were to report on a two horse race, between it's own unbeaten horse and one owned by it's leading comepetitor- and lost, the WP's news report would read something like,
WP's Horse finshes second, competitor's horse next-to-last.
Deceptive semantics. Insert Lincoln's quote about fooling people here.
49 posted on 11/18/2011 4:58:08 AM PST by wtd
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To: maineman

It would take a year to get a business executive who was a federal reserve governor a year to understand the economy. Not to mention his role representing an entire industry to to advocate policy. You folks are smoking crack. Cain has spent a lifetime understanding how government should create a food environment for job creation.

Hell, he was on tv beating up Clinton 12 years on health care before Romney or Gingrich were advocating government health care. Yep. He’s the one without understanding.


50 posted on 11/18/2011 4:59:25 AM PST by ilgipper (Everything you get from the government was taken from someone else)
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