gingrich abcDid Newt Gingrich indirectly profit off of one of his private charities?
ABC News reports that Renewing American Leadership, a non-profit charity founded by Gingrich to promote Christian principals in Washington, paid $220,000 over the last two years to one of the ex-lawmaker's for-profit business, Gingrich Communications.
According to ABC, the non-profit purchased cases of Gingrich's books and copies of DVDs produced by another for-profit entity operated by the ex-speaker, Gingrich Productions. The charity also promoted Gingrich's political views in its fund-raising letters, according to ABC, and shared its mailing list with the 2012 hopeful.
The former House speaker dodged questions about the allegations ahead of a speech in New Hampshire this morning. As CNN's Shannon Travis reports, Gingrich at first told an ABC producer he wouldn't answer her questions about the issue—but then he and his press secretary, R.C. Hammond, indicated he would.
But after his speech, the former lawmaker tried to dodge the producer again. Asked about the allegations as he tried to exit, Gingrich told ABC, "I'm not concerned about that. The American people aren't concerned about that. Try covering the speech."
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