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Newt Gingrich's Very Own Page

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Since the Honorable Newt Gingrich was the subject of nine separate Ethics Committee investigations, let's give him his own page. 

The Honorable Newt Gingrich (Republican-Georgia) (1990) -- Alleged that a book partnership used to avoid outside income limits or to obtain impermissible gifts or contributions;  improper use of official resources to prepare book, and inadequate financial disclosure.  Gingrich was directed to amend his Financial Disclosure Statements and to better exercise oversight regarding use of official stationery and frank.

The Honorable Newt Gingrich (Republican-Georgia) (1994-1997) -- Complaint alleged improper use of official resources in preparation of a college course;  conflict of interest and improper use of tax-exempt entities in support of college course;  investigation expanded to include allegations that (1) Gingrich made false statements to Ethics Committee;  (2) his relationship with foundation/course violated foundations tax-exempt status;  (3) he used unofficial resources for official purposes;  and (4) his activities and relationship with another foundation.  Complaint filed by Rep. Ben Jones (Democrat-Georgia).  Reprimanded and directed to reimburse $300,000.  Gingrich admitted responsibility (but not intent) for two materially misleading statements to Ethics Committee and failure to seek and follow legal advice (failure to take appropriate steps to ensure workshop and college course were in compliance with federal tax code.

The Honorable Newt Gingrich (Republican-Georgia) (1995)  -- Re-alleged charges in "First Jones Complaint" and added charges: improper receipt of book royalties for To Renew America, improper book auction, conflict of interest, improper solicitation, improper use of official resources, and improper intervention with federal authorities.  House adopted committee resolution (restricting advances from book contracts but not subjecting royalty income to outside earned income limit).  Ethics Committee concluded that Gingrich did not violate R. 47, but strongly questioned "the appropriateness of what some could describe as an attempt . . . to capitalize on his office."

The Honorable Newt Gingrich (Republican-Georgia) (1995) --

 Alleged improper used services of volunteer for official purposes.  Committee concluded use of services of volunteer to assemble leadership staff violated rules and the volunteer's routine presence in Gingrich's official office created the appearance of improper commingling of political and official resources.

The Honorable Newt Gingrich (Republican-Georgia) (1995)  -- Alleged Gingrich accepted free cable television coverage of college lectures.  Ethics committee investigated;  complaint dismissed in public letter.   

 

The Honorable Newt Gingrich (Republican-Georgia) (1995)  -- Alleged improper statements of House floor for political reasons;  official resources used for political purposes.  Committee found twelve special orders speeches violated House Rules (use of official resources of the House floor for political purposes);  giving out 1-800 number improperly (no sanction due to misuse by other Members);  advised House that it intended to enforce violations in the future.

The Honorable Newt Gingrich (Republican-Georgia) (1995-1998) -- Complaint alleged violation of laws governing tax-exempt organizations, improper intervention with government agencies, receipt of improper personal benefits from a PAC and violation of campaign finance rules.  Committee found repeated technical violations (but took no further action as the violations occurred during 1990-91 and no evidence of continuing violations).

The Honorable Newt Gingrich (Republican-Georgia) (1990) -- Allegation of improperly using services of volunteer in congressional office.  Complaint dismissed;  public letter released.  Committee concluded that the volunteer service, which had terminated by the time of the complaint, did not comply with the applicable guidelines.

The Honorable Newt Gingrich (Republican-Georgia) (1996) -- Allegation of improperly used services of volunteer in congressional office.  Gingrich directed to take immediate steps to prevent the reoccurrence of similar incidents and insure compliance with applicable standards and to guard against even the appearance of impropriety.

Democrats - 48;  Republicans - 22

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