Gingrich down on super PACs despite his own
May 31st, 2012
11:03 AM ET
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Gingrich down on super PACs despite his own

(CNN) – Former presidential candidate Newt Gingrich on Thursday lamented the use of super PACs in modern campaigning, predicting a "mess" they will create in the fall campaign.

"I think you watch this fall, between the Obama super PACs, the Romney super PACs, the conservative super PACs, the liberal super PACs, it's going to be a mess and people are going to be sick of it," Gingrich said on MSNBC. "It's really unfortunate. It's not the way a great nation should govern itself."

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The former House speaker reiterated his call for a reformed fundraising process in which individuals could make a donation of any amount from their personal income after taxes "as long as they report it online that night."

"You'd have a cleaner, more positive, healthier system," Gingrich said.

The current system, Gingrich argued, has hurt middle class candidates and aided the "very rich."

The one-time White House hopeful was pummeled by the super PAC supportive of Mitt Romney's candidacy during his bid, attacks he blamed for losses in key nominating states like Florida.

Winning Our Future, the super PAC that backed Gingrich, spent millions on behalf of his effort, particularly aided by more than $20 million in contributions from casino mogul Sheldon Adelson and his family.

Spots from Winning Our Future painted Gingrich as the only "proven, conservative leader" in the race for the GOP nomination, before he suspended his campaign in early May and subsequently endorsed Romney.

While super PACs often work on behalf of candidates, they are not legally allowed to coordinate directly with candidates or their campaigns.


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  1. Sniffit

    "You'd have a cleaner, more positive, healthier system," Gingrich said."

    You want that? First step is to change the MSM from a gossip rag full of he-said-she-said sensationalization controlled by the advertising industry and make rules so networks and programs masquerading as "news" can't do things like create 4 minute misinformation campaign commercials on behalf of a certain candidate, like Faux Noise did the other day. Then bring back the Fairness Doctrine. You want to undercut Citizens United and the massive propaganda disinformation machines it authorized? Force those who now pretend to be educating the public to actually do so.

    May 31, 2012 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  2. Sniffit

    "You'd have a cleaner, more positive, healthier system," Gingrich said."

    You want that? First step is to change the MSM from a gossip rag full of he-said-she-said sensationalization controlled by the advertising industry and make rules so networks and programs masquerading as "news" can't do things like create 4 minute misinformation campaign commercials on behalf of a certain candidate, like Faux Noise did the other day. Then bring back the Fairness Doctrine. You want to undercut Citizens United and the massive propaganda disinformation machines it authorized? Force those who now pretend to be informing and educating the public on the issues, facts, evidence, historical record, etc., to actually do so, instead of manufacturing a giant false equivalency narrative taken straight out of what could only be described as Orwell's most paranoid acid trip. The liars, cheats and plutocrats trying to buy our political systems and government by de-educating the public and dumbing down our society will quickly find their money falls on deaf ears.

    May 31, 2012 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  3. Sniffit

    "It's really unfortunate. It's not the way a great nation should govern itself."

    This is a slightly incorrect statement. The correct way to say it is that "this is the way a great nation fails to govern itself." The only people "governing" under the systems as thy now exist are the very very small percentage of people who can afford to pay to play. The rest of us get screwed by the decision-making that they purchase from the lowest to the highest levels of government, all of which is bought, paid for and designed to benefit solely themselves.

    As it currently stands, Amurika's credo is "Screw you, I've got mine."

    May 31, 2012 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  4. Michael

    Funny how Newt is against Super Pacs, now that he's not in the race, but was happy to recieve millions from Vegas a few months ago... Maybe he can implemented NO SUPER PACS on the moon.

    May 31, 2012 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  5. george of the jungle

    one of the few sensable things this guy has said. We need to get rid of superpacks. The court was dead wrong on this one Obama was right. Obama 2012

    May 31, 2012 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  6. stranger in an increasingly strange land

    The Newt is against Super-PACs.When he was running, he wasn't against them. When the Republicans had more and better organized ones he wasn't against them. When the Republicans invented them as a way to circumvent election rules and the Democrats were caught flat footed and were playing catchup he wasn't against them.
    What has changed? This election season the Democrats will have better funded and better organized Super-PACs. All they have to do is run the footage of the late Republican hopefuls carving Romney to shreds during the primaries. The Democrats will not have to lie, backstab, create false perceptions or anything else. The Republicans have already done that, on the public record, and all the Democrats have to do os remind the public what the Reupblicans really think of Romney.
    Now I understand why the Newt is against them.

    May 31, 2012 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  7. Pete

    Just because Gingrich couldn't manage his expenses,he's goes bankrupt,nice campaign,must be nice blowing other peoples money,none of your own then quiting,nice run.How many states did ya win,like one ,maybe two,millions gone ,that's being fiscally conservative,must of gone to the Reagan,Bushs school of Conservative morons!!Graduated first in your class,the brainless one,typical republicans,must be tough because you're so dumb!!!

    May 31, 2012 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  8. Mike

    A Republican hypocrite. Who would have thunk it?

    May 31, 2012 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  9. emma

    In some ways, Newt seems to have some of the same characteristics as Romney. It is about their quest for power and that
    controversial issues are really okay if there is something in it for them. And one of them might be our next President!!

    May 31, 2012 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  10. ST

    Super PACs are killing the democracy. Money is now taking the place of democracy. This is not "leading by example" must look like. It is the big shame to let developing countries watch what is now happening in the greatest nation on earth!

    May 31, 2012 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  11. GROVER NORQUIST IS A ENEMY OF THE STATE/ConservaFASCISTS

    Citizens United is a perversion and the destruction of our democracy and the SCOTUS should be investigated for activism from the bench. Keep money out of politics. Although he suspended his campaign, I respect Buddy Roemer for not taking corporate money from anyone.

    May 31, 2012 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  12. Kenny K

    QUESTION:
    Who are Super PACs and Campaigns paying all these money to? To my knowledge, most individuals that work for them are volunteers without pay.

    May 31, 2012 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  13. PJ/TX

    "...Super PACs are not legally allowed.......to coordinate with candidates"
    Tell it to Ed Gillespie and Karl Rove, co-creators of American Crossroads. Now that Gillespie is an adviser to
    Romney, we all know they "coordinate" with each other. But then, we also know that these three
    don't care about rules. Win at any cost, lie and cheat when you have nothing else to offer, tear down
    when you have nothing to build on, and buy those votes so you can become kings. Makes me sick!!

    May 31, 2012 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  14. Darryl

    Newt is a joke.just like Romney he thinks he DESERVES the POTUS title.The Republicans want control and turn everything over to Wallstreet so the working class & the middle class take the back seat for good and the rich get richer.And the poor have absolutely NO where to turn period.

    May 31, 2012 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  15. ST

    @Kenny K

    QUESTION:
    Who are Super PACs and Campaigns paying all these money to? To my knowledge, most individuals that work for them are volunteers without pay.

    ANSWER:
    Super PACs money are mainly for buying Ads. These Ads are damn very expensive. They really cost a fortune.

    May 31, 2012 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  16. Darryl

    Newt & Rove are evil.

    May 31, 2012 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  17. VoiceOfReason

    ... Said the man whose superpac launched countless negative ads during the primaries, and was funded by the millions by a single casino-owning donor.

    He's right that superpacs have no place in American politics. But he is a hypocrite and so hasnt got the standing to say it.

    May 31, 2012 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  18. mmad5camp

    Don't worry people, after Romney wins the election, Karl Rove will run America.

    May 31, 2012 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  19. callmecrazy

    Ha ha. First he was FOR it, now he is AGAINST it.

    He is right though. Super Pacs will make the campaign season that much more ridiculous. They will spend fortunes and not have any influence. Give some of that money to me and I will put it to better use supporting hotels and waitresses in Hawaii.

    May 31, 2012 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  20. Larry L

    Thank the right-wing, activist U.S. Supreme Court.

    May 31, 2012 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  21. Rudy NYC

    The Citizen's United ruling pretty much legalized bribing of our politicians.

    May 31, 2012 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  22. Rudy NYC

    "Corporations are people, my friend."

    I really don't know what Gingrich is complaining about. The superPACs are exactly what his ideological brethren sought and fought for. I think Newt is really trying to shift negative focus off of conservatives. Give him some time, and he will be blasting the liberal superPACs while the conservative groups outspend them 4:1.

    May 31, 2012 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |