Gingrich campaign charges $50 for photos
March 27th, 2012
12:11 AM ET
11 years ago

Gingrich campaign charges $50 for photos

(CNN) – Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich’s campaign tacked on a new fundraising effort Monday, charging supporters $50 a pop for anyone who wants a photo with the former House speaker.

“Some campaigns make you travel all the way to Wall Street to pay $2,500 for a photo with a candidate,” campaign spokesman R.C. Hammond said in a statement. “We chose to do it differently and ask our supporters for a nominal donation.”

Gingrich campaigned in Delaware on Monday, continuing his march to collect more delegates in the Republican presidential nominating contest. The state holds its primary on April 24.

The new photo charge comes one week after numbers released by the campaign showed the candidate spent about $200,000 more in February than he raised, and carries about as much debt as cash on hand.

His fundraising haul of $2.6 million for the month marked a big drop from January, when he took in $5.6 million.

“We also have an online store where supporters can buy hats, shirts and even a bandana for your dog,” Hammond said.

Filed under: 2012 • Fundraising • Newt Gingrich
soundoff (37 Responses)
  1. Larry L

    Really pitiful...

    March 27, 2012 12:35 am at 12:35 am |
  2. enuff

    I guess this is what you do when your sugar daddy cuts you off.

    March 27, 2012 12:38 am at 12:38 am |
  3. enuff

    Perhaps they could also sell condoms with his face on them as well. that would be a form of birth control too. But then Santorum would declare them illegal, and we'd have more bad blood there... so never mind. But seriously, is this how he demonstrates how he will balance the national budget? Perhaps it was all Bill Clinton afterall.

    March 27, 2012 01:06 am at 1:06 am |
  4. Dvet

    That is too much to spend on a picture of newt. i would have bought it if he was still at the zoo. No more republicans period.

    March 27, 2012 01:40 am at 1:40 am |
  5. Name kenneth

    I have heard it all,now for people who are planting fields get the best picture to run away any thing that might eat your crops. A picture of the past speaker ,if you need two we can get the new speaker picture along with Mcconnell what a pair

    March 27, 2012 01:54 am at 1:54 am |
  6. Lisa

    Ick. The idea of paying a human being (though we are talking about politicians here, so maybe calling them human is a bit generous) to deign to pose for a picture with you is just abhorrent. (And it also somehow seems unAmerican for a pol to charge supporters to pay for this so-called privilege, even though it is a perfect example of excessive capitalism and greed.) Even celebrities don't do that. Newt Gingrich would have to pay ME to appear in a pic with me! Only when these guys are wax figures at Madam Tussaud's should people pay to take a picture with them... ick.

    March 27, 2012 03:03 am at 3:03 am |
  7. Pedrons

    Whats next? charging $2o for every callista smile!!

    March 27, 2012 04:28 am at 4:28 am |
  8. Steven Colo

    At this rate, Newt may get made an honorary Kardashian.

    March 27, 2012 05:42 am at 5:42 am |
  9. Donna

    No thanks. Not even for free.

    March 27, 2012 06:12 am at 6:12 am |
  10. Marie MD

    Pay to have a photo taken with losers? What is the world coming to!!

    March 27, 2012 06:30 am at 6:30 am |
  11. sick of republican phonies

    I got my picture taken with Chewbacca at a comic convention for only $20! And he's smarter, better looking, and more famous than Newt! Chewie/Palin in 2012!

    March 27, 2012 07:01 am at 7:01 am |
  12. Cfrench

    Gingrinch's ego won't allow him to suspend his campaign. So then what to do? Fleece the moron's that support you.

    March 27, 2012 07:43 am at 7:43 am |
  13. Dominican mama 4 Obama (the real one)

    Who in the hell would want a photo of this or any of the other GOP circus clowns? They are ugly, and hate-filled liars, who wish us nothing but harm in order to keep their wealthy benefactors happy. Ugh!
    Obama 2012. Seriously America.

    March 27, 2012 07:59 am at 7:59 am |
  14. Wake up people

    Oh Newtster you are getting so desperate aren't you? You poor thing. Mittens is trying to steal the White House right from under you. But you deserve it not him or that Muslim that currently occupies it. (Rolling my eyes) This guy would be funny if he wasn't so pathetic. How is he even a candidate? This adulterer that led the march against Clinton? With his adulteree at his side. If President Obama had done the same thing, he would never have made it this far.

    March 27, 2012 08:05 am at 8:05 am |
  15. jtaylor

    $50.00 is a NOMINAL donation only to the rich and ignorant! (Plus, I wouldn't have my picture taken w/Newt even if he paid ME $50.00!)

    March 27, 2012 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  16. geg

    he should do ok he,s these same people buy palins books-fiction-and fairy tales-allin one

    March 27, 2012 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  17. Bill

    Is there a pony, too?

    March 27, 2012 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  18. Guest

    I thought Fiscal Responsibility was part of his message?

    March 27, 2012 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  19. Yuri

    Those who pose w/ this portly pol. will, most likely, need their heads examined. What a snob!

    March 27, 2012 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  20. Expat American

    I could take a pile of day old dough, but put an dirty old white mop on it, accent two beady eyes, fashion a lying forked tongue from a piece of baloney and save myself $50.00; monies that I can use to buy 20 gallons of gas as promised by Cotton Hill Gingrich.

    March 27, 2012 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  21. Desmond in Canada

    Does that mean that the Grinch will give anybody who wants a picture with him $ 50.00? I would need to be paid a lot more.

    March 27, 2012 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  22. WhereIsPalin

    I guess I'd let him take a photo with me for $50. Oh, wait..........I pay him?! Disregard the comment.

    March 27, 2012 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  23. mike

    Just go away Newt. We dont give a crap abought what you have to say. You are so out of touch with most Americans.
    We dont want or even like you.

    March 27, 2012 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  24. David Mann

    Desperate times call for desperate measures. Gingo really needs a reality check.

    March 27, 2012 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  25. Jerseylou

    What the hell.....$50.00 getting a picture with this blosom turd you got to be kidding.Who ever does this,all i can say is a fool and his money will soon depart .

    March 27, 2012 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
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