Disgraced former Speaker of the House and failed presidential aspirant Newt “Take My Wife, Please!” Gingrich has filed an FEC campaign resolution plan for his abortive-but-successful-at-bookselling 2012 presidential campaign. You will be unsurprised to learn that the “plan” involves turning $4,600,000 into ZERO DOLLARS.
Because it is owed by Newt to someone else. Lots of someone elses:
Newt Gingrich apparently has no plans to pay back dozens of small businesses that made yard signs and TV ads for his 2012 presidential campaign. Gingrich filed a document with the Federal Election Commission this week detailing a debt settlement plan to finally terminate his 2012 presidential campaign committee. The document shows that “Newt 2012” plans to stiff 114 businesses and consultants that are altogether owed $4.6 million.
N. Leroy Gingrich, Definer of Civilization’s Rules and Leader (Perhaps) of The Civilizing Forces [Charlie Pierce] proposes to make this $4,600,000 disappear. He’s going to turn it into “zero dollars.” Isn’t this the fellow who goes on and on about debt rotting our nation?
To whom is this money owed, you might ask?
The Gingrich campaign’s IOU’s are spread across the county and owed to organizations large and small. The biggest chunk of the debt, nearly $1 million, is owed for Gingrich’s use of private jets to fly from event to event through charter travel company Moby Dick Airways. The campaign also owes more than $400,000 for Gingrich’s personal security to the Patriot Group, and $128,000 to the Winston Group, a top Republican polling company based in Washington.
Several other well-known names are also among Gingrich’s creditors, including former Rep. J.C. Watts and Herman Cain for “strategic consulting” and travel, as well as Kellyanne Conway’s The Polling Company, which conducted polls for the Gingrich campaign and is owed more than $20,000.
The campaign’s former manager is still out $27,000 in salary, while the landlord for an office space in Columbia, South Carolinea, is looking for $1,136 in outstanding rent. The last Comcast bill in New Hampshire never got paid, nor did a $718 tab for catering in Sarasota, Florida. Fed-Ex is looking for $33,732 from the campaign, while Twitter was never paid for a $9,000 media buy.
Former Rep. John Sweeney, who is owed more than $24,000 for paying ballot access fees for the campaign, said he still hasn’t been paid and hasn’t heard from the campaign for about six months.
Newt Gingrich must have has decided he’ll never again need political consultants, private planes, Comcast, pollsters, private security, or Black GOPs like Herman Cain and JC Watts.
Because what Trump Cabinet member does?