1. BIG MONEY

    Gingrich Introduced Clients to Pols

    NAPLES, FL - NOVEMBER 25: Republican presidential hopeful and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich speaks to a crowd at a Hilton Hotel on November 25, 2011 in Naples, Florida. Gingrich discussed foreign policy issues and restated his position on illegal immigrants in the United States. Gingrich, who has rose in recent polls following strong debate performances, had been written off earlier this year and is now expected to do well in the Iowa caucuses in early January.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

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    Read Newt’s lips: he is not a lobbyist. As GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich climbs in the polls, there has been increased scrutiny on his private business practices since he left Congress in 1999. The Gingrich Group consulting firm and the Center for Health Transformation, both Gingrich concerns, have netted $55 million in 10 years while helping clients boost sales and gain access to government officials. A New York Times investigation shows through previously unreported archived records that, while at the Center for Health Transformation, Gingrich would pitch his clients’ ideas to lawmakers in Washington for $200,000 a year in membership fees. Gingrich’s camp remains adamant that his position never changed when working with clients, and that he’s not a lobbyist, but a visionary instead.

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