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  • Malia in Mexico story vanishing from the Web

    03/19/2012 5:59:15 PM PDT · by lward99 · 161 replies · 3+ views
    Times247 ^ | 3/19/12 | Eric Ritz
    Have you heard that Malia Obama, the president’s daughter, is reportedly spending her spring break in Oaxaca, Mexico? Allegedly, she’s jetting off with some of her classmates and 25 Secret Service agents to a country that the State Department has said all Americans should avoid. But something is different about the latest “Obama vacation controversy:” references to it are disappearing from the Internet — and fast.
  • Gingrich-Founded Think Tank Collected $55 Million in Past Decade

    11/21/2011 2:11:10 PM PST · by Fred · 49 replies
    wsj ^ | 112111 | Alicia Mundy
    The Center for Health Transformation, founded by Newt Gingrich, released a statement Monday outlining some of the think tank’s activities, its membership fees and the money it has generated. The disclosure from the center, which Mr. Gingrich left earlier this year, comes amid a flurry of inquiries about the former House speaker’s financial ties. A number of news stories last week listed clients such as the American Hospital Association and the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, or PhRMA, the main trade association for pharmaceutical houses. The Washington Post reported that Mr. Gingrich’s center had collected $37 million over the...
  • Giving Newt a Pass

    11/21/2011 11:32:24 AM PST · by Fred · 111 replies · 2+ views
    National Review ^ | 112111 | John Derbyshire
    I can’t understand why Newt Gingrich is getting such a pass on his Freddie Mac consulting. He claims to have been a historian for this outfit? FHLMC needs a historian like the U.S.A. needs a Department of Education, like Europe needs a common currency, like … like … I dunno, like Michelle Obama needs another $12,000 accessory. I sputtered about this on last week’s Radio Derb: Newt’s trying to ju-jitsu the thing, telling us that his experience as a shill for Freddie Mac gave him valuable insider understanding of governmental affairs. Isn’t that what we want in a candidate, valuable...
  • Newt Gingrich: Only worked one hour a month giving advice to Freddie Mac

    11/18/2011 8:42:45 PM PST · by Fred · 72 replies
    Wapo ^ | 111811 | Dan Eggen
    Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich is stepping up his defense of his lucrative consulting career, in part by arguing that he didn’t do very much to earn all that money. In an interview late Thursday on Fox News, Gingrich said that he only worked about an hour a month giving advice to Freddie Mac, the quasi-public mortage company that paid him up to $1.8 million in fees.
  • Newt Gingrich Hit on Health Care Flip-Flops, Think Tank

    11/18/2011 8:15:13 PM PST · by Fred · 34 replies · 2+ views
    KLPW AM ^ | 111811 | Admin
    AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- As Newt Gingrich attempts to shrug off his political baggage, the former House speaker is under new scrutiny for having close ties to health care giants and flip-flopping on his statements on health care. The Center for Health Transformation, which Gingrich founded, raked in millions of dollars from heavy hitters like GE Healthcare and Wellpoint, as first reported by the Washington Post. The group says it does not lobby, but on its website, it touts its ability to build bridges between the federal government and private sector. Among its strengths, the think tank lists its unparalleled “network...
  • GINGRICH FACES MORE SCRUTINY OVER CORPORATE CLIENTS

    11/17/2011 7:56:15 PM PST · by not2worry · 67 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 17, 2011 | Jim Rutenberg
    His campaign has said that he did no lobbying; but his consultancy practice was centered around his ability to help big corporate interests speak the language of Republicans and navigate the corridors of Capitol Hill on issues vital to their businesses.
  • Gingrich cashed in supporting subsidies for big businessRead more:

    11/17/2011 1:34:10 PM PST · by Fred · 146 replies · 1+ views
    Daily Caller ^ | November 17, 2011 | Will Rahn
    Since leaving office in 1999, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has spent much of his time convincing conservatives to support government subsidies for large corporations, reports the Washington Examiner. In addition to his work as a “strategic consultant” for government-sponsored mortgage lender Freddie Mac, the Examiner reports that tax filings show Gingrich received money from the ethanol lobby. Green Energy, a lobbying group that works to secure and create government subsidies for the much-criticized ethanol industry, paid the Gingrich Group more than $300,000 as recently as 2009. Unlike most conservative experts on the industry, Gingrich is a staunch advocate of...
  • Gingrich camp's 'last word' on Freddie Mac - Will not release records

    11/17/2011 11:58:43 AM PST · by Fred · 65 replies
    (CNN) - Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich will not release more Freddie Mac-related documents, according to campaign spokesman R.C. Hammond. Though the contender for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination said Wednesday that his campaign would "do what they can" to release more information about payments he received as a consultant from the government-backed mortgage group, Hammond backtracked later in the evening. When asked via email whether the campaign would release more Freddie Mac-related documents or if a fact sheet it released in the afternoon was the last word on the issue, Hammond responded to CNN, "last word."
  • Gingrich embraces Washington "insider" label (Video)

    11/17/2011 9:01:18 AM PST · by MNJohnnie · 33 replies
    During an interview with CBS News Radio, Republican presidential contender Newt Gingrich on Wednesday fended off questions about the hefty sums he received to give advice to mortgage company Freddie Mac.
  • The African Connection:Rep. Jefferson and Joe Wilson

    07/25/2006 8:44:51 AM PDT · by the Real fifi · 72 replies · 2,731+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | 7/25/06 | Clarice Feldman
    The documents seized in the FBI raid on the offices of Rep. William Jefferson (D-LA) remain unread by Justice Department investigators, pending a federal Appeals Court ruling scheduled for August 27. [snip] But we already know a bit about the charges and some of the alleged partners of Congressman Jefferson. Two people have pleaded guilty to bribing him.