(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."
The GOP heavyweight said early Wednesday following a campaign event in Iowa that he was unsure of how much Gingrich Group was paid by Freddie Mac but that his team has gone back to "check" the amount.
Asked if his campaign would make the figure public, Gingrich replied, "To the degree we can, sure."
What followed was a campaign release including six "facts" about the Gingrich Group and Freddie Mac, including the following highlights: "Newt Gingrich welcomes scrutiny of his record in public office and as a small businessman; Gingrich has never lobbied for Freddie Mac or any client; Nor did Gingrich, as part of his contract, advocate against pending legislation affecting Freddie Mac;" and "Freddie Mac was a part of the client and revenue base of The Gingrich Group and Gingrich's various small businesses."
But in the latest effort to quash message-distracting talk of a reported $1.6 million haul from work done with Freddie Mac, Gingrich's campaign is apparently done answering questions on whether the candidate was hired to build bridges with congressional Republicans.
Freddie Mac confirmed to CNN Wednesday that Gingrich was a consultant and not a lobbyist.
His work from 1999-2002 and 2006-2008 included consulting about Freddie's efforts to become more transparent about "risk and capital management" procedures, risk information disclosure, and how those efforts would be received in Congress, specifically by Republicans, according to a former official who worked for Freddie Mac during both of his stints.
In his first turn, Freddie Mac worked with Gingrich toward wanting to "bond" with Bush administration officials on the idea of creating a "home ownership society" - getting more Latinos and other minorities into home ownership, the source said.
In the second, Freddie Mac officials tried to get Gingrich, known for intricate policy ideas, to write "white papers" on how good the "model" was for government-sponsored enterprises like Fannie Mae and Freddie because free-market Republicans didn't like that model, the official said. Freddie Mac officials were frustrated with Gingrich, the source said, because they had a hard time getting him to write anything.
The official and others that CNN talked to disagreed with Gingrich's characterization of himself as a "historian."
Gingrich has blamed Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac for distorting the home loan market and Democrats for having close ties to Freddie Mac.
"If you want to put people in jail… You ought to start with Barney Frank and Chris Dodd. And let's look at the politicians who created the environment, the politicians who profited from the environment, and the politicians who put this country in trouble," Gingrich said during the Washington Post/Bloomberg GOP debate on October 11.
"In Barney Frank's case, go back and look at the lobbyists he was close to at Freddie Mac," Gingrich argued.
- CNN's Rebecca Sinderbrand and Brian Todd contributed to this report.
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