Gingrich demands TV stations stop airing negative ad
January 6th, 2012
08:54 PM ET
2 years ago

Gingrich demands TV stations stop airing negative ad

(CNN) - Lawyers representing GOP hopeful Newt Gingrich sent a letter to television stations Friday demanding they stop airing an advertisement produced by a group supporting Mitt Romney's presidential bid.

The letter claims spots created and paid for by the super PAC Restore Our Future erroneously suggest Gingrich was fined for ethics violations during his tenure as House speaker, saying, "These statements are NOT TRUE."

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The letter continues, "In fact, ANY statement, suggestion, or innuendo that Speaker Gingrich was assessed a congressional fine for violations of House Ethics Rules is fundamentally false and misleading."

Gingrich's lawyers advise the stations that airing the ad exposes them to potential civil liability.

Restore Our Future, which is supporting Romney's bid for president, produced an ad in late December that asserted Gingrich "has a ton of baggage," making him the preferred candidate for Democrats working to reelect President Barack Obama.

Among the baggage: "The fact that Gingrich was fined $300,000 for ethics violations."

Gingrich's lawyers said Friday that particular allegation was untrue.

"Any statement or suggestion of a 'fine" is false," the letter said. "Even a cursory review of either the Report itself or the Congressional Record associated with its presentation to the body of the House undeniably establish the falsity of this statement."

The letter clarified the Gingrich was asked to "reimburse the House $300,000 to offset some costs of the Committee's investigation."

Charlie Spies, treasurer of Restore Our Future, stood by the ads Friday.

"The ads run by ROF are factually correct and we will strongly defend them," Spies said. "It is understandable that Mr. Gingrich wishes that he was not the only Speaker of the House ever fined for unethical behavior, but that is his baggage and the ad will air."

Gingrich has railed against Romney's super PAC ever since they began airing negative ads leading up to Tuesday's Iowa caucuses. He has called on Romney to ask the organization to stop airing the ad, though Romney claims federal law prevents him or his campaign from coordinating with the third-party group.

Gingrich's campaign, which has said in recent days they would begin airing ads that target Romney, said Friday they are producing a spot that goes after their rival on abortion.

Gingrich Press Secretary R.C. Hammond would not offer specifics on the timing of the ad's release, but did say it would run only in South Carolina.

The ad will claim Romney allowed taxpayer dollars to fund abortions when he was governor of Massachusetts.

The Gingrich campaign's first ad going after Romney – "Bold vs. Timid" – began airing in South Carolina and New Hampshire Friday. On Thursday his campaign said it was a "significant" ad buy. Hammond said they spent $250,000 for the week in South Carolina, and $9,550 in New Hampshire. The New Hampshire ads will air around Saturday's GOP presidential debate.

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soundoff (49 Responses)
  1. concernedjoy

    And the fun begins. No one should think there will be a presidential election without the negative ads – Republicans against their rival Reputlicans, Republicans against Obama, Obama against Reputlicans. It would be refreshing to see some truth come out of the ads, but don't expect it. Yep – Gingrich has a lot of baggage, but not everything being said is true. There are too many people who blindly follow, which is why they throw anything out there – true or not. If they think it will help them get elected, truth goes out the window. Lies become facts (in some minds) if said over and over, unfortunately. They're all guilty of it, and this administration is not different. Obama never lets the truth get in his way.

    January 6, 2012 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  2. mojo3

    Boy! He's a REAL piece of work! Totally HATES it when the shoe is on the other foot! "Newton: What goes around doth come around. Payback is a Mother, uh?!!!"

    January 6, 2012 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  3. Larry L

    He demands! How does that work?

    January 7, 2012 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  4. Schalaine

    I am shocked at the level of whining from Newt. He is primarily to blame for the downward spiral of civility in politics. I just think Karma is a wonderful thing!

    January 7, 2012 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  5. Brock Hoffpauir

    Hey Gingrinch. Why do you want a wah burger and some cry fries. eat it its politics.

    January 7, 2012 12:42 am at 12:42 am |
  6. ruemorgue

    Gingrich is so disingenuous and such a liar.

    January 7, 2012 12:49 am at 12:49 am |
  7. GOP_Gran_Ole_Poop

    Gingrich is so disingenuous and such a liar.

    January 7, 2012 12:51 am at 12:51 am |
  8. BinMesa

    With as much baggage as all the GOP contenders have I am not suprised they are eating each other alive. Huntsman seems to be the only candidate that is close to a normal person and of course the republicans (social conservatives) won't even look at him. Speaks alot about the base of the republican party. Scary at best!

    January 7, 2012 01:24 am at 1:24 am |
  9. Marry

    Is it not funny that a “GOP/TP” is upset as soon as they feel adverse effects of laws (super PAC, election financing) that they lobbied for so they could really run of their mouth without having to take responsibility? How disgusting, misleading, unethical, and uncivilized the whole possess!

    January 7, 2012 01:24 am at 1:24 am |
  10. Melo-D

    Since when are political ads true??

    January 7, 2012 01:33 am at 1:33 am |
  11. SiriusVH

    Let me guess ... Gingrich was not 'fined', he just made a $300,000 'gift' to the House ....... This guy is so used to lying and pretending that he can't take responsibility for any of his past actions. Does he believe that by hiding behind words he can actually undo his actions? ............ A rotten mind, a putrid morality and a disgusting appearance sum up this pathetic little man ........

    January 7, 2012 01:42 am at 1:42 am |
  12. andy d.

    Well sir maybe you should have stop doing crooked and sleazy crap when you where in office, and your comment about "the black people and welfare" doesn't help you because obviuosly you don't know staticistics of state of New Hampshire that it has way more whites than blacks on welfare thats why you dent get a invite to a NAACP meeting lmfao.
    You are just a stupid bigot and should just quit running, in my opinion we as a country need a strong leader not one who reminds us about the difference of being black or white, we need reform not retards running the Government.

    January 7, 2012 02:01 am at 2:01 am |
  13. Bill

    They are not negative, they are "telling the truth"

    January 7, 2012 02:49 am at 2:49 am |
  14. T'sah From Virginia

    Sue them!!! LOL

    Where you went wrong GRINCH – You "protected" all of the candidates on stage and lifted them all up to the same level as you and while doing that, you attacked the media and the debate moderators belittling them and you expect all of the candidates – and the media – to be NICE to you now. It’s NOT going to happen – the other candidates do not need you!!!

    So, STOP your whining ASH because you know doggone well that 99% of the ads against you are true. You ROSE and you DIVED all in the same week and now you are DONE!!!

    Obama 2012

    January 7, 2012 03:05 am at 3:05 am |
  15. Robyn

    The Truth Provides 100% Protection Against Libel and Slander.
    A Liar Like Mr. Gingrich Should Be Aware Of These Things.

    January 7, 2012 03:46 am at 3:46 am |
  16. DoNotWorry

    Threats and intimidation from crybaby Grinch.

    January 7, 2012 03:49 am at 3:49 am |
  17. DoNotWorry

    Threats and intimidation.... this man reveals himself more each week.

    January 7, 2012 03:50 am at 3:50 am |
  18. Bigwilliestyles

    Hey Mr." Ideas Guy": here's an idea: QUIT WHINING!

    January 7, 2012 04:34 am at 4:34 am |
  19. Tom Mix

    and newt's gonna hold his breath till he turns blue unless they stop it. poor baby.

    January 7, 2012 06:11 am at 6:11 am |
  20. JRR1948

    You say TO-MA-TO – I say TO-MAT-O. $300K to "reimburse" – sound like arguing that court costs really aren't a part of a fine.

    January 7, 2012 06:52 am at 6:52 am |
  21. Bernard Webb

    What a hypocrite! Newt is the King Of Negative Advertising.

    January 7, 2012 07:52 am at 7:52 am |
  22. Mark Taylor

    What goes around comes around Mr Newt. Remember the late 90's and your relentless attacks on the Clintons?

    January 7, 2012 08:05 am at 8:05 am |
  23. cigarman

    Gingrich is such a liar. He says that they ASK him to pay three hundred thousand dollars to help offset the cost of them investigating HIM. He knows that it was a fine, or he would not have paid the money. If he is that generous, I think I will ask him for three hundred thousand to offset some of my investigations of him. I have investigated him and from my investigation, HE belongs in prison. He has no morals or ethics. VOTE OBAMA.

    January 7, 2012 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  24. diridi

    Why didn't you speak with your big mouth in 2008 when GOP depicted Obama to Terrorist, Muslim, etc, Fox even sent me DVD linking to nonsense. Idiots of GOP speak. Ha!!!!!Folks, if you care for USA, vote all the GOP idiots out of office in 2012. Obama2012.
    PS: These idiots stepped down Elizabeth Warren from Consumer Protection. You remember. I do.

    January 7, 2012 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
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