Unfair slam from Gingrich?
April 5th, 2011
12:20 PM ET
11 years ago

Unfair slam from Gingrich?

Washington (CNN) – When Newt Gingrich warned a New Hampshire crowd Monday night that President Obama was trying to "extort contributions" from supporters by announcing his reelection bid so early, it might just have been a case of the pot calling the kettle black.

After all, the former House Speaker, for better or worse, has long been recognized as among the most aggressive and successful fundraisers in the Republican Party. In 2010, he raised close to $15 million through his various organizations and political action committees, a sum that far outpaced that of any other potential GOP presidential candidate.

Indeed, if Gingrich and the president have anything it common, it is that they both know how to raise money – a lot of it.

Gingrich on Monday told a gathering at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics that Obama was going to "use his office to extort contributions on a scale we've never seen before," adding that "he's in effect trying to create a Chicago style machine for the whole country with a billion dollars."

To be sure, the president's reelection timing Monday was certainly all about money. As CNN reported, it's no coincidence the president filed papers with the Federal Election Commission (a move that legally allows him to raise campaign money) four days after the start of the year's second quarter.

When you add to that the fact that the president's team has already scheduled a string of fundraising events over the next two months, it becomes clear the Obama money-making machine that raised nearly $750 million in the 2008 cycle is back in full swing.

But there's every indication that Gingrich, who formed an exploratory committee sooner than most every other GOP presidential candidate, has the same fundraising philosophy as Obama: the earlier the better.

And, as the Washington Post reported in February, the vast fundraising groundwork Gingrich has been constructing over the last several years instantly makes him the fundraising powerhouse in the GOP presidential race.

There's no doubt few Republicans will be able to match the president's fundraising machine, but Gingrich just might.

A spokesman for Gingrich did not respond to CNN on the issue.


Filed under: 2012 • Newt Gingrich • President Obama
soundoff (76 Responses)
  1. Sniffit

    Newtered is a flagrant hypocrite? Do tell. I'm shocked. Next you'll be telling me that the Pope wears a funny hat, bears dooky in the woods and that Jaberwocky Barbie makes as much sense as a chimp playing the kazoo with its bum. My entire reality is just collapsing all around me....

    April 5, 2011 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  2. Name king

    Are you surprised by the biggest hypocrite the repugs have to offer.

    April 5, 2011 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  3. RiffRaff

    Someone finally called BS on this loon! A face to face response wouldve been better,but I'll take it. What happened to that $15mil from the last race that he never officially entered? Wonder if he'll extort more money this time for a race Mr Historian will never run. Hope he can make ends meet w/just his Fox salary.

    April 5, 2011 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  4. Marie MD

    Give ths world a break!! The lying disgraced cheater accusing the President for contributions?
    Where was he when the DE witch was stealing campaign funds? Or miller, the ex gov or any of the ca women for that matter.
    The man has no ethics or integrity and a snowball chance in hell to make it anywhere!!!
    Go find yourself your fourth wife. Somwthing you really know a LOT about and shut up¡¡¡¡¡¡

    April 5, 2011 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  5. OneMoreTime

    One more time, tell us about Mr. Sheldon Adelson, Newt.

    April 5, 2011 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  6. A Smart Man from Chicago

    Newt. I hope you keep flapping those lips. Reveal your ignorance for all to see, and to laugh at.

    April 5, 2011 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  7. pc

    this man is pond scum. he is a ripp-off junky. just google him an read for yourself. this man is an evil man, beleive me, i live in georgia where this man was basically run out of town here in fayette county for his evil doings. he will never be president of the united states of america. he is flim-flaming the public to get more of your hard earned money.

    April 5, 2011 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  8. Indy

    Newt's entire career and personal life is based his delusionional thought that he is above the law, and above all people, and he truly believes that the middle class are second class and should be treated as such. He would make a great dictator but he would never make a good President. He was a disgrace as "House Speaker Above the Law" and should be treated as such. He may believe that God has forgiven him but the people can make their own decision.

    April 5, 2011 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  9. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Unfortunately, the Live Free or Die conservatives in NH swallow his tripe hook, line and sinker, and will fill his coffers for his non-campaign.

    April 5, 2011 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  10. Laverne

    This fat guy is something else. Newt is a pathetic excuse for a presidential candidate and hypocrite. As much as i dislike Sarah Palin, I prefer she be the republican nominee vs. Newt Gingrich! Who could bear to look at the michelin man for the next 4 years!

    April 5, 2011 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  11. Positive

    It seems the GOP has run out of nonsense things to criticize the President for, now they are just reaching for the absurd.

    April 5, 2011 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  12. Rudy NYC

    This recent comment by Newt Gingrich has been carefully crafted to bring the "gangster goverment" comment by Michele Bachman full circle and lend it credibility. Stay tuned. There's more to come.

    April 5, 2011 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  13. V in Chicago

    this guy just loves to sling it doesn't he? Problem is – he's waist deep in it. He knows he will never be elected, so all he has is his hatefulness, his bigotry and his lies.

    April 5, 2011 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  14. Tom from Canonsburg

    I'm glad to see that I'm not alone in my beliefs about Newt. The problem we have in America is that there are entirely too many voters that will be reeled in by the propaganda he preaches. But when you compare him with Rove, Santorum, Trump and a few others looking for a bid in the next election, pond scum may be a step up.

    April 5, 2011 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  15. bill486

    Extortion is businesses that demand tax breaks from Republican governors for not leaving the state.

    Extortion is Republicans granting present & future tax breaks to businesses & the super-rich while cutting programs for the poor, minorities, & elderly to balance the budget.

    If Newt thinks what the President is doing counts as extortion....then he does it, too.

    Newt, you don't know extortion, but you do know WHINING....you do that best of all.

    April 5, 2011 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  16. Joseph-Ohio

    Gingrich you are the biggest hypocrite the politics!!!!!! When are you going to tell anyone on either side of the road what you will do as President?....Wait! I’ll do it for you.....NOTHING! Don't hate on the President's ability to raise money. He will need every dime of it to un-do the mountain of lies that will be targeted at him by YOU and your cohorts in crime seeking the White House frenzy! Wake up Republicans! I used to be one and I would never allow this two faced quack to run on my ticket!

    April 5, 2011 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  17. V in Chicago

    With unemployment down, jobs up and the economy now on the mend, all they have are personal slams against the President. It won't play well with the majority of the people in the Country. Personal slams are the least of our worries. At least President Obama is asking the people for support unlike the Republicans/Tea Party (all one entity as far as I can see) who are being bankrolled by their millionaire friends who don't want to pay taxes.

    Excuse me now while I go to the President's web site and make my donation . . .

    April 5, 2011 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  18. a6102658

    He knows he will never be President, what he likes is the perennial campaign where he gets to enrich himself with millions by using fear and smoke mirrors.

    April 5, 2011 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  19. diridi

    Gingrich, could you please shut up......you do not know what you are talking....either you are under beer, or drugs.....just shut up.....idiot...

    April 5, 2011 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  20. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    How in the hell does Newt get approval ratings as high as 9%? Mr. Family Values is the biggest scammer in modern history.

    April 5, 2011 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  21. JustMe

    I have just one word to say here ... hypocrite.

    April 5, 2011 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  22. Rudy NYC

    Lying to the American People is an impeachable offense Mr. Speaker.

    April 5, 2011 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  23. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    Is that the Michelin man or is it Newt Gingrich?

    April 5, 2011 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  24. EddyL

    Gingrich is a jerk. Obama's re-election campaign is no different than the REPUKES who have already or will announce their candidacy and start collection campaign contributions.

    April 5, 2011 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  25. Don

    All you have to do is take one look at "The Newt" and realize he is disoriented out from under the rock he calls home. He really should go back under his rock. No one that has even a short memory can forget what a bum he was as speaker. What makes him a different critter this time around.

    April 5, 2011 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
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