September 30th, 2009
09:34 PM ET
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Gingrich group withdraws invite to adult entertainment exec

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(CNN) - For the second time this month, Newt Gingrich's 527 has decided that it made a mistake inviting an adult entertainment industry entrepreneur to attend a "private dinner" with the former House Speaker.

Dawn Rizos, owner of Dallas topless club The Lodge, received a letter earlier this month from Gingrich's American Solutions inviting her to dine with Gingrich at a Capitol Hill club next week. She was also told she had been selected to receive an Entrepreneur of the Year Award. "Dawn - Newt is looking forward to finally meeting you face to face" to talk policy, read a handwritten note on the missive.

Lodge spokesman Michael Precker says they were told the group would need $5,000 to confirm her attendance, which they promptly paid.

On Tuesday, Rizos - who Precker said had laid out the funds for her own travel to the event - was informed by a marketing company working for American Solutions that the invite had been mistakenly extended, and was being rescinded.

Precker said he was told the invitation had been intended for another company with the same name - DCG - as the club's corporate parent. He also says he was told the full $5,000, and the non-refundable travel expenses incurred, would be returned - "so I guess they really don't want us around." No funds have yet been received, he said.

The latest cancellation comes just weeks after porn executive Allison Vivas - who received the same invitation to a dinner with Gingrich, with a nearly identical handwritten note - received her own cancellation notice.

Vivas' invite was rescinded shortly after she released a statement promising to make sure the Georgia Republican left their sitdown "educated about the realities of the online porn market."

An American Solutions spokesman said at the time that the notice to Vivas had been mistakenly sent, and that the group "regret(ted) the error."

The group said Tuesday that the notice Dawn Rizos received "was sent at the same time as the other mistake for the same reason." It did not specify what that reason was.

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soundoff (105 Responses)
  1. Robert

    I don't see what the big deal is. Business as usual. Sex sells. Republicans would sell their mothers if anyone would buy.

    October 1, 2009 12:59 am at 12:59 am |
  2. Jim

    Newt, still around trying to bs the American public. What a loser and the rest of the Republicans. They preach about family values, morality etc.. but believe me they are hyprocrites.

    October 1, 2009 01:12 am at 1:12 am |
  3. Stan in SC

    The 527 invite bankers, lawyers, politicians, and others of questionable character to their dinner party but they rescind an invitation( and an award too I presume) to a business woman? Nice. Guess she paid her taxes to honestly to be deemed worthy of their inclusion. Perhaps her floor-staff had to escort one of the 527 to the door. Perhaps these "ladies and gentlemen" need a swift kick to the ego.

    October 1, 2009 01:41 am at 1:41 am |
  4. Bill Foos

    Oooooops! Looks like they had Larry Craig in charge of the invitations.

    October 1, 2009 01:49 am at 1:49 am |
  5. Pierce

    Bad decision by the Newt people. They passed up a chance to elevate the class of people to be present.

    October 1, 2009 01:52 am at 1:52 am |
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