GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich’s work history has come under scrutiny this week as various media outlets have reported on the fees that he and a think tank he founded have collected over the years.
Here’s what’s been reported so far:
- The U.S. Chamber of Commerce paid Gingrich about $840,000, people familiar with the arrangement told The Wall Street Journal. Starting in 2001, Gingrich made about $120,000 a year for seven years as a “fellow” on an informal board of advisers to the Chamber’s president and senior staff, according to The Journal.
- The Center for Health Transformation, a think tank Gingrich founded, collected at least $37 million over the past eight years from major health care companies and industry groups, The Washington Post reports. They paid as much as $200,000 per year for services, including “access to Newt Gingrich” and “direct Newt interaction,” according to promotional materials. A CHT spokeswoman told The Post that neither the center nor Gingrich engaged in formal lobbying.
- And then there’s the Bloomberg report that Gingrich earned between $1.6 million to $1.8 million from mortgage company Freddie Mac, a company he has blamed for the collapse of the housing market, for counsulting. Gingrich, who denies he lobbied for the organization, had previously said Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., should be jailed for his association with "a lobbyist who was close to Freddie Mac."
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