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Photo With Gingrich: $50

March 28, 2012 by  

Photo With Gingrich: $50
If you see Newt Gingrich at a campaign stop and want a photo with the candidate, it may cost you $50.

A few times since the Republican Presidential primary began, people have speculated that former House Speaker Newt Gingrich’s goal in running was not ever to win the office, but rather to bolster his public presence. A new report may lend credence to the speculation.

According to Daily Mail, at speaking engagements throughout the country, the enterprising Gingrich has taken to charging supporters $50 to snap photos with him as he campaigns. The candidate began asking for a fee for photos of him with supporters during after a speech to Republican County groups in Hockessin, Del.

In defense of the policy, the Gingrich campaign said in a statement:

Did you see reports today we are charging for photos?

Some campaigns make you travel all the way to Wall Street to pay $2,500 for a photo with a candidate.

We are trying out a new tactic and asking our supporters at our rallies for a nominal donation.

And guess what, it is working.

We have over 175,000 donors who contribute on average $50 to $100 at a time.

We also have an online store where supporters can make a donation to receive a hat, a shirt or even a bandana for your dog.

Every dollar and every supporter count and our campaign is propelled forward one small donor at a time.

The most recent financial filings show the Gingrich campaign taking on more debt that it can cover with campaign funds raised. Gingrich told a reporter for The Atlantic that if Mitt Romney has a majority after Utah votes on June 26, he will support the former Massachusetts Governor.

Before the campaign, Gingrich made lucrative career for himself as a professional speaker.

“I did no lobbying of any kind, period,” Gingrich said at a campaign stop in South Carolina last year. “For a practical reason—and I’m going to be really direct, OK? I was charging $60,000 a speech and the number of speeches was going up, not down.”

Sam Rolley

Staff writer Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After learning about many of the biases present in most modern newsrooms, Rolley became determined to find a position in journalism that would allow him to combat the unsavory image that the news industry has gained. He is dedicated to seeking the truth and exposing the lies disseminated by the mainstream media at the behest of their corporate masters, special interest groups and information gatekeepers.

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  • Sirian

    It appears as if Gingrich is on final approach. Probably so. He’s given it a shot and it hasn’t resulted in a very good return on his investment. Being it as it may, he best have his landing gear down or it will not be a very smooth landing at all. I hope the crash crews won’t have to be called out.

  • DavidL

    Gingrich is running for president to live off of campaign contributions and to sell his wares. It doesn’t matter to him if he wins, or if he helps the Etch A Sketch candidate win the nomination at the expense of the Republican party. . He is only concerned, as he always has, with Newt Gingrich. He will extend this out as far as he can to continue to help him con the gullible public into keep giving him money. This money making scheme is nothing new. Several of the Republican “candidates” this cycle have done the same thing.

  • Robert Lebischak

    If Newt goes down, then we have lost the one Statesman that was in the race, and this Nation will feel it. I don’t think either Romney or Rick can beat Obama, and if they do the Government Machine will control them. We needed a person who would work for the People not the Machine, Newt was that man, the voter controls the future of this Nation, we get what we vote for, and we have not been doing very well with that lately, have we?

    • Jazzabelle

      Statesman? Ha! Newt was a flip-flopper like all the rest. I supported him during his Contract with America, when I was 14 … now I’m old enough to know better.

      Ron Paul 2012!

      • Robert Lebischak

        Sorry Paul is not the one. Legal Drugs, close all overseas basis, isolationism all the way. We can not afford to close ourselves off, we must for our own protection be aware and involved is what goes on in the world. Ron has some good ideas, but he is too far to the right

      • Jazzabelle

        Robert: you wrote: “Sorry Paul is not the one. Legal Drugs”

        Ron Paul doesn’t believe in legal drugs…he believes the federal government shouldn’t be telling people what to put in their bodies, whether it’s pot or raw milk. States banning drugs, he doesn’t have a problem with.

        “close all overseas basis, isolationism all the way.”

        That isn’t isolationism. Ron Paul is in favor of engaged interaction with other countries, he just opposes doing it in a way that dominates the other countries, e.g. invasions and coercing them into signing debilitating treaties that strip their people of their sovereign and individual rights.

        Ron Paul makes a lot more sense than you give him credit for. It sounds like you’ve been listening to the corporate media talking points about him.

        • Robert Lebischak

          As I said Paul has some good ideas, his in country ideas, I have no problem with, but in this world today, I hate to say this you either dominate, or submit. Paul isn’t ready to lead in that way.

      • Jazzabelle

        Robert, foreign and domestic are the same. If you believe in “dominate or submit,” you just want the world to be a more bloodthirsty place. Ron Paul has said many times that he would lead this country into war, whether he agreed with the war or not, if the war was properly declared by Congress. But personally, I think our national security is harmed more than helped by our foriegn interventionism. People all over the world basically want the same thing; to be left alone to live their lives. We create national security problems for ourselves when we create national security problems for other peoples.

    • TML

      Robert Lebischak says, “We needed a person who would work for the People not the Machine”

      Robert Lebischak says, “I hate to say this you either dominate, or submit.”

      And there you have it folks… the utter hypocrisy to support the ‘machine’ and despotic American empire, and at the same time saying we need a person who would work for the people, while completely, and intentionally, ignoring the massive elephant in the room… so much, that he can’t even mention his name.

      Do you wonder what the problem in America is today? I give you exhibit A – Robert Lebischak

  • Doc Sarvis

    It is far easier, and has basically the same effect, to flush your money down the toilet. Newt was never a serious candidate, or a serious anything other than a self promoter.

  • http://none William J. Carruth

    The sooner old Newt is political history…..THE BETTER. The only thing he really wanted
    was to exit AF-1 via the front door. After all, his ego took a beating exiting via the ass end
    of the plane. Poor baby! Please, someone with mega-bucks [Gates, Buffett?] give him a ride in your jet and let him deplane out the front. OK? Thanks!

  • http://none William J. Carruth

    Although I have the requisite near-useless degrees [I should have been a plumber], I do not understand this ‘delegates’ business. What’s wrong with one citizen, one vote? I can think of a couple of ‘what-ifs’ but the ‘delegates’ anomaly I really do not understand. HELP!
    Anyone….. And, bottom, bottom line, is the much-repeated mantra “Your vote counts,”
    true or just more political bull…..dung to make us believe we have some control over government? Yes, I suffered through PolySci 501. It was better than any sleeping pill.
    Sorry to say, my Jesuit degrees did not prepare me for the bull—- now infecting the so-called ‘body politic.’ In my 86th oribit on the speck of planetary debris I’m truly in a quandry.
    Does the fact I enjoy Looney Tunes more than Romney, Sanitorium [where he should be]and all the other wannabees say something about me?

    • Doc Sarvis

      Not sure about this; but in the primary elections, each state political party (Democratic or Republican) makes the rules about how thier respective National Convention delegates will be alotted towards the candidates that are running (proportional or winner take all).

  • Nan

    He got the idea from Sarah Palin…. she too charged money to have her picture taken… such wonderful patriots and bastions of the best in the USA!

    • Thor

      Self-promotion has been a business for some time now and politicians are among the most shameless self-promoters of all. But Palin and Gingrich did not invent the ‘you-pose-with-a-shameless-self-promoter’ photograph. Roy Rogers and Gene Autry used to sell autographed copies of themselves portrayed in their best rhinestone attire–with Rogers being a bit more modest, selling for $1.88 versus Autry at $2.05. The new twist of having fans pose with them for a modest donation is nothing new either–but, I have to admit, Palin and Gingrich have shown themselves to be good at it.

      If you think about it, running for office is a kind of ‘win-win’ for someone who is already high profile: run and win…you get to be President; run and lose…someone else has paid all the bills, you get to charge higher fees for public speaking and there are other benefits to fame. The only trick is getting out with more money than you spent….

  • Harold Olsen

    I don’t understand what the controversy is over Gingrich charging people $50 to have their photograph taken with him. His true supporters will willingly pay this. I’m sure the supporters of other candidates would also be willing to pay to have their photos taken with them. It’s a way to collect campaign money. So what’s the big deal? I wouldn’t pay to have my photo taken with Gingrich or the other three idiots. I don’t like them and would never vote for any of them. This is one criticizm of Gingrich, though, that is totally bogus. It’s criticism for the sake of criticism.

    • Sirian

      Harold wait a sec. . . if you buy one you get two free. You know, just like 4th of July fireworks. Now you wouldn’t pass up a deal like that would you?? Just saying. . . :)

  • ranger hall

    All Politicians try anything to get your money, And boy do we give it to them, Impress my friends, Boy i am real proud to have my picture with <<< But it cost me 50.00
    Ive had my picture taken with top people in the world Actors,Politicians, including a President, and i did not have to PAY one dime, and only a few impressed me, Out of this bunch i can remember a few,Col Hack, Major Murphy, Rogers, Mcqueen, Garner and even Reagan With Reagan it was the way he treated you as an Individual, His wife Nancy sucked.
    People should only impress you with their Actions and the way they live., and nothing else

  • ranger hall

    Sorry i forgot about the Duke, Met him in LB calif during the Premire of his Movie the Alamo,also met the sons. In those days some free tickets were given out to the Military. Granted he was a source for the Govts for the Military, But he was an OK Guy.

  • chuckb

    at least you get a picture for your donation, the other two candidates will only take your money and when they lose in november will only be a memory.
    newt is the only one of the candidates than can defeat barry, he is far more of a statesman and has the smarts to go with it. at this stage, we are letting the media and the
    gop pick our candidate, the media be casuse they know romney can’t win and the gop wants the control of the purse strings. the gop has failed the conservatives.

  • http://none Claire

    At this moment in time, i wouldn’t give a nickel to buy a photograph of any politician.


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