Gingrich Campaign Bounces Check To Get On Utah Ballot

Newt Gingrich reacted to Rick Santorum dropping out of the race by appealing to Santorum supporters to take another look at him, but his campaign appears to be in more serious financial trouble than previously known:

Five Republicans have filed the necessary papers and $500 fee to qualify for the June 26 Utah presidential primary election, but with Rick Santorum dropping out of the race Tuesday, only four will be on the ballot.

Or possibly three.

Newt Gingrich’s check bounced.

Utah Elections Director Mark Thomas said a designated agent for the Gingrich campaign brought the filing papers and a check for $500 in March, but the state was notified by the bank that the check had bounced. He said the office has tried to contact the Gingrich campaign through the telephone number and email provided on the application, but has not received a response.

Recently, the state sent a certified letter to the campaign, stating that if the fee isn’t paid by April 20, Gingrich will be disqualified and will not be on the ballot.

Dude, if you’re bouncing $500 checks, it’s over.

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Doug Mataconis held a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He joined the staff of OTB in May 2010 and contributed a staggering 16,483 posts before his retirement in January 2020. He passed far too young in July 2021.


  1. al-Ameda says:

    Clearly, Gingrich is not offended by deficit spending

  2. Fiona says:

    Well, we all knew Newt was morally bankrupt; it now he’s just plain old bankrupt.

    It’s kind of amusing that he bounced a check in Utah of all places–as if Romney won’t win that state by about 90 percent even if there were any real contenders left in the game.

  3. Tsar Nicholas says:

    Ah, irony. Thou can be quite ironic.