September 30th, 2009
09:34 PM ET
13 years ago

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by a marketing company working for American Solutions that the invite had been mistakenly extended, and was being rescinded.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Vivas' invite was rescinded shortly after she released a statement promising to make sure the Georgia Republican left their sitdown "educated about the realities of the online porn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. Bill Hewett

    Why would this alarm anyone who has morals? It is just another part of the rotten core of the GOP coming to the surface. Newt is not an example of anything except evil to the core.

    September 30, 2009 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  2. Cindy

    The hypocrisy of the Republicans. I have to hear all the time how George Soros, funds the democrats,and how that is sooo terrible. Yet, the Republicans take money from some pretty shady people as well. So when they are uncovered, then they want to play like they didnt mean to associate themselves with that type of money.
    Truth is, if this wasnt exposed, they would have taken the 'green' from any shady character they could.

    September 30, 2009 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  3. Cindy

    Oh, but he's such a Catholic good guy, he can't be associated with taken money from such a shady character. What a joke!

    September 30, 2009 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  4. BJ in NC

    Boy, the glass houses are shattering into a billion bits.

    September 30, 2009 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  5. malclave


    Tell me, would CNN report if a leftist group had a similar "snafu"?

    Heh, don't bother answering (as if you would)... I know the answer is "of course not, they're on our side."

    September 30, 2009 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  6. Herb

    They should let the invitations stand. By attending, these women would ensure that there were at least two honest people at the dinner.

    September 30, 2009 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  7. New Yorker

    This would be acceptable IF he was a democrat.

    September 30, 2009 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  8. jimmy

    What are all you people talking about hipocrisy for? He DISINVITED the pornographers and I'm SURE if he didn't disinvite them and had them attend his function you'd all be screaming hipocrisy for THAT - wouldn't you? I can just see it now if he didn't cancel the invites. You libs just look for excuses to call people names, as if you are so much better.

    September 30, 2009 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  9. Mattison Brooks

    Its an honest mistake, and your talking about hypocrisy? Seriously. Mistakes happen and they withdrew the invite. The company even had the same name. What more do you want from the GOP? Perfection? Clearly you cant ask that because even Obama has made his fair share of mistakes.

    Talk about hypocrisy...

    September 30, 2009 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  10. Art Michaelson

    Is the NEWT running out of young female office assistants? OMG

    September 30, 2009 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  11. Kathleen Kenney

    Newt Gingrich was pontificating high in his pulpit when he judged someone else guilty of impropriety and, worse yet, lying about it.
    He would be well advised to tell the truth before this matter becomes his downfall.

    September 30, 2009 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  12. david

    Maybe he should stop tapping into David Vitter's mailing list.

    September 30, 2009 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  13. Paul fom Kissimmee

    Funny how the libs are so offended by this, and don't seem to care that obama launched his political career from a terrorists living room.

    September 30, 2009 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  14. Beverly in NC

    With Gingrich's character, the invitation was most likely real and he got caught. I'm sure the dinner was planned and no mistake. Republicans have no morals.

    They are inciting hate and violence in this nation that crossed the line a long time ago. Their refusal to denounce the tone and dangerous actions of their lunatic fringe is irresponsible and unforgiveable. It's time to wipe out all Republicans in Congress in the 2010 elections. They have no business being part of our government. They have become unrepentant domestic terrorists. They are currently the highest danger to this country and to our President.

    It's time for accountability – we should all speak out against the Republican Party and call them down for what they are solely responsible for creating – hate, violence, and disrespect for our government. It is called treason.

    September 30, 2009 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  15. Bonnie

    Oh Newt there you go again !! Wouldn't it be fun to see what really goes on down there at "C " Street ? Why isn't anyone even looking into that placeand all the other things down there ,the weird spiritual stuff, doing weird stuff in foreign countries etc

    September 30, 2009 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  16. Moe, NY

    LOL...the GOP/Conservative loons are at it again! This group, in my opinion has absolutely nothing to offer the American people, but I will give them one thing...they are entertaining at times, although most of the time they are revolting with their lies and hatred.

    September 30, 2009 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  17. unshrub

    And this man wants to be president.

    September 30, 2009 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  18. Jason

    NO free samples?
    No entourage, that's it.
    And if the press hadn't found out, then what would have happened?
    Just imagine Newt, speakers available in a plain brown wrapper!

    September 30, 2009 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  19. bellablue

    Well, it seems Newt Gingrich and Sara Palin have the same publicity agent, eh?????? Of course! That's part of the philosophy of the Republican Party, PROMISE EVERYTHING, AND DELIVER NOTHING!!!

    September 30, 2009 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  20. James

    Heck – I noticed a bunch of democrats moved over to the conservative movement until the say the invitation rescinded...

    Who cares – this is news? This is a marketing company mailing snafu... Not nearly as bad as the whitehouse illegal spamming "snafu"...

    October 1, 2009 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  21. J.C.

    I wish that crap worked for Me!! just send random people a note saying hey your invited to dinner with Me.... now send Me a check for 5 grand for the privilege of coming to the event I invited you to. Id never have to work again and could take care of My entire family. Id just have 15-20 dinners a month an be set;)

    October 1, 2009 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  22. steve

    i dont care what business tis woman was in, the fact that we continue to allow access as long as you pay your bribe, i mean biill, i mean fee, i men "donation" to be able to do other americans who dont so bribe is why we have a massivly corrupt corporatist congress.
    othwise health care would be already done and the will of the majority of americans including doctors, would be that we all had public option like every other industrialized country on earth.......

    October 1, 2009 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
  23. Ian

    Wait, so a mistake by a member of Gingrich's 527 is really front page news on CNN? This is a sad day for media.

    October 1, 2009 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
  24. brian

    I expected more from the man who was in fact cheating on his own wife while rallying republicans against clinton for doing the same. oh wait...

    October 1, 2009 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
  25. Anonymous

    She should definitely go! Would serve the Republicans right. They have certainly been "form, not content" for many years now. It's really time for some "change" for the rest of us, having disappeared, "middle class". We now be poor... Howzabout some of that money filtering down to us?

    October 1, 2009 12:48 am at 12:48 am |
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