April 11th, 2012
11:25 AM ET
3 years ago

Gingrich on bounced check: 'Goofy thing'

(CNN) - Newt Gingrich shrugged off a $500 bounced check from his campaign Wednesday, saying the mistake was "one of those goofy things."

A Utah election official confirmed Wednesday the check, meant to pay a fee associated with appearing on the state's primary ballot, had bounced.

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"That check was drawn in December," Gingrich said after a campaign event in Delaware. "The account actually was closed by the time they processed it. It wasn't a question of money - that particular bank account was closed."

Gingrich explained further that his campaign transitioned to a different bank at the beginning of the year. His campaign spokesman R.C. Hammond said the organization would send a new check in order to appear on the ballot in Utah's June 26 primary.

According to a report in the Salt Lake Tribune, which was confirmed by Utah Director of Elections Mark Thomas, an agent for Gingrich's campaign filed paperwork along with the check in March.

The state was later notified by the bank that Gingrich's check bounced.

The Tribune report noted that Thomas' office attempted to contact Gingrich's campaign using the phone number and email listed on the filing application, but had not received a response.

– CNN's Jim Acosta, Paul Steinhauser and Shannon Travis contributed to this report.

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soundoff (22 Responses)
  1. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Republicans say they are fiscally conservative, but they have trashed our country, and left us with over $12 trillion of our national debt. Republicans like to play with other people's money, and claim no responsibility for the damage their tax cuts to the wealthy has done.

    April 11, 2012 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  2. marty

    Newt, it's just time to go away, far away1

    April 11, 2012 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  3. Joy

    Fiscally conservative takes on new meaning here...

    April 11, 2012 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  4. Dave

    His check is not the only thing that should bounce back to Utah. Bishop Romney should. As a leader in the mormon religion, I believe it goes against everything the SEPERATION OF CHURCH & STATE stands for. What gives him the right to dictate Womans reproductive rights & force them to get sonograms & strip planned parenthood away from the poor woamn in this Country. what gives Bishop Romney the right to let His rich Insuranse buddies do a case by case up or down vote on a womans right to birth control. & what give a leader of the LDS church the right to play GOD & overturn Roe vs Wade. I believe Bishop Romney has 0, yea 0 rights over MY daughters & MY wife to decide for themselves about THEIR bodies & Their right to be able to plan a family as they see fit. Yea, Bounce BISHOP ROMNEY back to his Mormon buddies in Utah!!!!

    April 11, 2012 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  5. joe smith

    the justice department goes after Apple for price fixing; ever notice gasoline prices in your home town..all the same, no matter if it's shell, exxon, or sheetz, 7-11, all the same..is that price fixing..or a coincidence..

    April 11, 2012 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  6. Pander Bear

    Bwahahaha!!! Newtie's gonna have to look for loose change in his couch soon.

    "I'm going to be the nominee. It's very hard not to look at the recent polls and think that the odds are very high I'm going to be the nominee."

    Best Quote EVER!

    April 11, 2012 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  7. Boo

    A fiscal conservative, huh? Excuse me while I die from laughing....

    April 11, 2012 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  8. Fair is Fair

    Newt, the time has come to stick a fork in it.

    April 11, 2012 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  9. MWM

    He is running as a fiscal conservative who's campaign is in debt more than four million dollars and is bouncing checks. What kind of administration could we expect?

    April 11, 2012 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  10. Romney is not My Hero

    "It wasn't a question of money – that particular bank account was closed." - Ever hear of Check Fraud, Gangrene? This guy is opened an account, wrote a bad check on it and then closed the account before the check could clear. He says No BIg Deal HAHA – And he's still running for PRESIDENT!!! Give it up already.

    April 11, 2012 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  11. Wake up people

    If it was President Obama that mistakenly bounced a check, Newt would be leading the charge to have him impeached as we speak. Hypocrites.

    April 11, 2012 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  12. Rudy NYC

    "That check was drawn in December," Gingrich said after a campaign event in Delaware. "The account actually was closed by the time they processed it. It wasn't a question of money – that particular bank account was closed."

    According to a report in the Salt Lake Tribune, which was confirmed by Utah Director of Elections Mark Thomas, an agent for Gingrich's campaign filed paperwork along with the check in March.
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    What's wrong with that picture? If Gingrich is truthful about saying that the check was "drawn in December", then that means that his campaign knowingly "filed paperwork along with the check in March" that included a bad check.

    April 11, 2012 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  13. Laurie in Spokane

    You'd think, with such great brains involved (hahahaha) that they'd make sure all checks written on the account had been cashed. But that's too simple isn't it? Pack it in Gingrich, if you campaign people are that stupid, what kind of people would you have in your cabinet as POTUS?

    April 11, 2012 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  14. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Issuing bad checks has to be as criminal as handing out subs for votes.

    April 11, 2012 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  15. Casey

    Well, if he had a banker like Obama that would never happen. Other than that, based on the spending habits of this president and the one before him, Gingrich has proved he is made of the right stuff.

    April 11, 2012 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  16. vote the Tea Party OUT in 2012

    @ Wake up People...

    I agree with you 100% Sure almost anyone can overdraft but had the Obama team done this the RNC would be on the attack before he could write another check. Wonder if Newt had to pay the normal $35 bounced check fee some banks charge.

    SNL years ago used to run a skit called "The Thing that wouldn't leave" and that is about what Newt has become.

    April 11, 2012 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  17. The Mad Zak

    Hmmm....that's funny. Gingrich had plenty of money and did not bounce any checks when he was in Congress. I wonder why he had so much more money when he was the Speaker of the House? Can anyone help?

    April 11, 2012 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  18. Keith A. Sillsbury

    Just a preview of a newt lead economy

    April 11, 2012 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  19. Sniffit

    "That check was drawn in December," Gingrich said after a campaign event in Delaware. "The account actually was closed by the time they processed it. It wasn't a question of money – that particular bank account was closed."

    And a fiscally responsible person keeping accurate, up-to-date records of their transactions and dealings, let alone having the wherewithall to understand their bookkeeping, would not have closed that account while an un-processed check remained outstanding and on the books.

    April 11, 2012 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  20. Rudy NYC

    "Gingrich on bounced check: 'Goofy thing'"
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    It was the check's fault.

    April 11, 2012 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  21. Tim/Indepandent

    I'm so sick in tired of president obama..... He has failed the United States, and people want to give this man another term. I say no! It's truly time for change, I'm voting for Romney because I can't stand how much Obama Lies......... Romney 12

    April 11, 2012 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  22. blindbear

    Hey, Newt. The Conservative One. Expert on the economy. Ad Nauseum. Look up the term "reconcile" in the dictionary. No, not the definition for what you do when you make up with a spouse or lover (although you might want to look at that one too) look at the definition with regards to a bankbook. You see, that's what those of us who aren't multimillionaires get to do whenever we get our bank statements. Add in unlisted deposits, subtract outstanding checks, figure the balance. If you're going to close out a bank account, leave enough money in it to cover the outstanding checks.I know that knowing your bank balance isn't as important to you filthy rich Republicans as it is to us middle-class Democrats, but it might be nice for you to at least understand the process.

    April 11, 2012 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |