The Newt Gingrich’s campaign has been paying Newt Gingrich, according to his FEC report and as reported by Politico.The campaign paid $75,400 Gingrich Productions for web hosting and developing services, $47,00 to Gingrich himself for providing the campaign with a list of supporters, and $206,000 for his travel. This makes nepotism and cronyism look harmless.
Reporter Kenneth P. Vogul writes:
“It’s not unusual for for campaigns to pay rent or buy lists from political committees or non-profits affiliated with the candidate, and it’s fairly common for campaigns to reimburse staffers for travel or other expenses. But it’s unusual for a presidential candidate personally to be paid significant amounts for travel or lists — both because candidates can contribute an unlimited amount in cash or services to their own campaigns and because campaigns typically foot travel costs directly.”
On December 6th of last year, the Washington Post ran a story about Gingrich’s massive debt from over-spending on luxury jets and hotels during the campaign’s early weeks. In response to the story, a campaign lawyer questioned whether Gingrich violated campaign finance laws by not disclosing payments made to himself. Campaign spokesman R.C. Hammond said this may have been an “oversight”, but that they were working to pay off their debts and obligation.
The Gingrich campaign did not respond to the Politico story.