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We’ve All Heard About Gingrich’s Ethics Violations – Right?

Home - by - January 25, 2012 - 09:30 America/New_York - 20 Comments

I’ve heard conservatives repeat, over and over, about how Gingrich resigned in disgrace because of ethics violations. I hope after reading this they will shut their ignorant flap holes.

Byron York for Townhall -

At the center of the controversy was a course Gingrich taught from 1993 to 1995 at two small Georgia colleges. The wide-ranging class, called “Renewing American Civilization,” was conceived by Gingrich and financed by a tax-exempt organization called the Progress and Freedom Foundation. Gingrich maintained that the course was a legitimate educational enterprise; his critics contended that it had little to do with learning and was in fact a political exercise in which Gingrich abused a tax-exempt foundation to spread his own partisan message.

The Gingrich case was driven in significant part by a man named Ben Jones.  An actor and recovered alcoholic who became famous for playing the dim-witted Cooter in the popular 1980s TV show The Dukes of Hazzard, Jones ran for Congress as a Democrat from Georgia in 1988.  He won and served two terms.  He lost his bid for re-election after re-districting in 1992, and tried again with a run against Gingrich in 1994.  Jones lost decisively, and after that, it is fair to say he became obsessed with bringing Gingrich down.

Two days before Election Day 1994, with defeat in sight, Jones hand-delivered a complaint to the House ethics committee (the complaint was printed on “Ben Jones for Congress” stationery). Jones asked the committee to investigate the college course, alleging that Gingrich “fabricated a ‘college course’ intended, in fact, to meet certain political, not educational, objectives.” Three weeks later, Jones sent the committee 450 pages of supporting documents obtained through the Georgia Open Records Act.

That was the beginning of the investigation.  Stunned by their loss of control of the House — a loss engineered by Gingrich — House Democrats began pushing a variety of ethics complaints against the new Speaker.  Jones’ complaint was just what they were looking for.

Jones and his partner in the Gingrich crusade, Democratic Rep. David Bonior — they had been basketball buddies in the House gym — pushed the case ceaselessly.  Under public pressure, the Ethics Committee — made up of equal numbers of Republicans and Democrats — took up the case and hired an outside counsel, Washington lawyer James Cole, to conduct the investigation.

Cole developed a theory of the case in which Gingrich, looking for a way to spread his political views, came up with the idea of creating a college course and then devised a way to use a tax-exempt foundation to pay the bills. “The idea to develop the message and disseminate it for partisan political use came first,” Cole told the Ethics Committee. “The use of the [the Progress and Freedom Foundation] came second as a source of funding.” Thus, Cole concluded, the course was “motivated, at least in part, by political goals.” Cole argued that even a hint of a political motive, was enough to taint the tax-exempt project, “regardless of the number or importance of truly exempt purposes that are present.”

Cole did not argue that the case was not educational.  It plainly was.  But Cole suggested that the standard for determining wrongdoing was whether any unclean intent lurked in the heart of the creator of the course, even if it was unquestionably educational.

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Go ahead, conservatives, keep repeating the Democrat Ratf*cking Machine’s lies. They thank you for it, morons.

» 20 Comments

  1. Johnny Freedom

    January 25th, 2012

    Et tu, Crazy Cooter?

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  2. angry mike

    January 25th, 2012

    But,but,but…. Nancy said…….

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  3. MM

    January 25th, 2012

    Even after this very complete run down of what happened, read the comments. Face it folks, there’s a very large segment of our population that simply will not believe anything other than what denigrates conservatives.

    It’s the only thing that could explain Detroit.

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  4. DeniseVB

    January 25th, 2012

    I think the reason Obama has his school records sealed is that he took classes from some pretty radical professors who were known communists in their day. They need to be unsealed so the hypocrisy of the left can be exposed.

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  5. Stirrin the B.S.

    January 25th, 2012

    @Angry Mike -

    There is something she knows! (cue the scream and Psycho violin warning).

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  6. listingstarboard

    January 25th, 2012

    Well there is no arguing that Newts downfall seems to be “Cooter”.

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  7. Clinton Lovell

    January 25th, 2012

    I blame Newt for this. He should have never resigned as this provided the opening to rewrite history and link him to these ridiculous charges.

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  8. Stirrin the B.S.

    January 25th, 2012

    @Clinton Lovell –
    Do you suppose Pelalagosi would have resigned? Hell no!

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  9. aleon

    January 25th, 2012

    And from the ashes may the Phoenix be reborn, stronger now in the ways of its enemies.

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  10. SheVee

    January 25th, 2012

    Gee, now that the truth is out, apologies from Romney, Christie, Coulter, etc. will come any time now. (sarc/on)

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  11. SheVee

    January 25th, 2012

    The other thing that struck me was the complete anal exam given to the course that Newt taught. Where’s the concern NOW about keeping political views & ideology out of the classroom?????

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  12. MNHawk

    January 25th, 2012

    The “crime” being that Newt interjected his views into class. But don’t take my word that what Newt did was a crime. Take the word of the army of Poli Sci retards America’s universities churns out, every year.

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  13. RPFreeSpeech

    January 25th, 2012

    And Soebarkah, as a lecturer, did not ‘interject his political views’ while teaching the “Lucifer-dedicated” Alinsky’s extreme socio-Marxist policies?

    Please…vote responsibly in November…and stop believing in the lies of Soebarkah!

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  14. SgtZim

    January 25th, 2012

    Thanks for that summary. I figured it was a load of crap. If he had been teaching first grade math, the dems would claim it’s politically motivated and gotten the same result.

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  15. SgtZim

    January 25th, 2012

    Hard to believe CNN actually did that piece! I suppose it was approved since the damage was already done to an evil conservative.

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  16. American Infidel

    January 25th, 2012

    Has anyone here read ‘The Kingdom of Lies’?

    I can post it here but its 4 parts long in MSWord….

    Fur? Do you mind?

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  17. American Infidel

    January 25th, 2012

    I sent Fur an email asking someone at IOTW put it in this thread (The Kingdom of Lies), like I said, its four pages long of MSWord and Im not doing it….Fur would ban me for life….and then ban my kids for being related to me! And then ban their kids….forget that shit! I fear my great greats are going to NEED a site like this by then…though Fur will be trying to escape from Mini-True and Attackwatch in a Chevy made electric wheelchair by then…be careful, bro…those fucking things surely do like to burn!

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  18. Chuck U Farley

    January 25th, 2012

    Another part of Newt’s problems is that the democRATS filed 84 ethics charges against him, hoping something would stick.

    This charge was the only one that Newt didn’t fight. and decided to pay a fine of $300,000, because it was going to cost a lot more to fight, and he didn’t have the money.

    David Bonior (D) Michigan, Minority Whip, brought 75 of the charges against Newt himself. You’d think after the first 50 or so there should be a limit.

    The democRATS were doing the same thing to Palin in Alaska.

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  19. MsTebo

    January 25th, 2012

    The only thing that surprises me is that Pelosi actually thinks she knows something. Her head is so full of nonsense that any cogent thought would be a miracle.

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  20. Doris

    January 26th, 2012

    Pay back time for Newt! I hope he digs up crap on these demonrats that gets rid of them all.He has a lot to work with starting with what Nancy knows about Obama and his eligibility.Her and everyone in on protecting the crimes being committed in the white house should be investigated relentlessly. And get rid of the idiotic “Black Caucus” OR add a WHITE CAUCUS I’m sick of the pandering bull crap….

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