Friday, January 20, 2012

More baggage than an international airport...
Newt was fined $300,000 for ethics violations.
FACT: Jan. 22, 1997 Boston Herald: “House reprimands and fines Gingrich” (Andrew Miga, The Boston Herald, 1/22/97)
FACT:“The House voted overwhelmingly yesterday to reprimand House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) and order him to pay an unprecedented $300,000 penalty, the first time in the House’s 208-year history it has disciplined a speaker with ethical wrongdoing.” (The Washington Post, 1/22/97)
Newt Gingrich took $1.6 million from Freddie Mac.
FACT:“Newt Gingrich made between $1.6 million and $1.8 million in consulting fees from two contracts with mortgage company Freddie Mac, according to two people familiar with the arrangement.” (Clea Benson and John McCormick, Bloomberg, 11/16/11)
Newt Gingrich co-sponsored a bill with Nancy Pelosi that would have given $60 million a year to a UN program supporting China’s brutal one-child policy.
FACT: H.R. 1078, introduced in February 1989 and co-sponsored by Nancy Pelosi and Newt Gingrich, including $60 million a year the United Nations Population Fund. “SEC. 1102. FAMILY PLANNING SERVICES. (a) POLICY- It is the policy of the United States that family planning services should be made available to all persons requesting them. (b) AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS- There are authorized to be appropriated a minimum of $500,000,000 for fiscal year 1991, $540,000,000 for fiscal year 1992, and $580,000,000 for each of fiscal years 1993, 1994, and 1995 for family planning services provided under authorized programs. Of the funds appropriated, not less than 16 percent, or $60,000,000, whichever is less, shall be available annually for the United Nations Population Fund.” (H.R. 1078, Introduced 2/22/89)
FACT: “In the 1980s, President Ronald Reagan withheld all U.S. contributions to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) after determining that UNFPA participated in the support and co-management of China’s population control program. Under the Bush administration, the U.S. withheld funds for the UNFPA from America’s annual contributions to the United Nations due to UNFPA’s complicity in China’s one-child policy enforced through coercive abortion and involuntary sterilization, but the Obama administration and the 111th Congress resumed contributions to UNFPA.” (Office of Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Website, accessed 12/15/11)