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Newt Gingrich PAC Raises $1.2 Million, Gives $10,000 To Candidates

The PAC founded by Newt and Callista Gingrich has raised a lot of money, but very little of it went to candidates:

There isn’t much of a legacy nor political action after telemarketers spend a million dollars to raise a million dollars – But that has never before stopped Newt Gingrich.

And it hasn’t stopped the vendors who collect their fees and all the fundraising intelligence and donor data they can.

The American Legacy PAC reported today it raised $1,215,875 and spent $1,201,980 from 1/1/ to 6/5, leaving $74,125 cash on hand. The PAC is run by Mike Murray, and its co-founders and co-chairs are Newt and Callista Gingrich.

The PAC paid $1,130,165 to Infocision of Akron, Ohio for telemarketing; $20,517 to Bank of America for merchant fees; $14,579 to TMA Direct for rent/admin support/phone; among others. Mike Murray is president and CEO of TMA Direct, a company that provides list brokerage, list management, digital marketing, and data services.

The only contributions to candidates during the reporting period were donations of $5,000 each to Republican Senate candidate Gabriel Gomez in Massachusetts and Virginia Gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli in Virginia.

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Comments

  1. Neil Hudelson says:

    Grifter keeps on gritting.

  2. EddieInCA says:

    Anyone who gives even ten cents to Newt Gingrich deserves whatever they get for being that stupid.

  3. edmondo says:

    And immediately a light went on outside Wasilla, Alaska and the question was asked, “Why not me”?

  4. Caj says:

    Are there still enough fools out there to give this windbag money? Obviously so! How generous of the great man to rake in $1.2 million and give a measly $10,000 to candidates. Guess the rest is for Callista to spend on hair products to keep her hair looking like it’s made of plastic.

  5. PJ says:

    I applaud any grifter “stealing” from Republicans, the money could have been spent trying to defeat Democrats…

  6. matt bernius says:

    On this same note: 5 worst charities in the US

    Here’s the lede:

    Every year, Kids Wish Network raises millions of dollars in donations in the name of dying children and their families.

    Every year, it spends less than 3 cents on the dollar helping kids.

  7. john personna says:

    I suggested a few times “running for President for fun and profit.”

    My suggestion was met with some skepticism in these pages.

  8. al-Ameda says:

    The PAC paid $1,130,165 to Infocision of Akron, Ohio for telemarketing

    Money well-spent, right?