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Did Newt Gingrich Break Georgia's Lobbying Law In 2004?

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Between his time as Speaker of the House and Republican presidential frontrunner, Newt Gingrich worked as an advocate for various causes and organizations, a past that has raised questions about whether the duties he was paid to do constituted lobbying. Gingrich, for instance, was reportedly paid $1.6 million by mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac from 1999 to 2007 and worked with pro-ethanol groups in 2009. None of these activities seem to have required him to register as a lobbyist under federal law, though many critics have dismissed this as a technicality. But Gingrich also worked with state lawmakers, particularly on behalf of his Center for Health Transformation (CHT). The New York Times last week highlighted meetings conducted with GA lawmakers in 2004, wherein Gingrich promoted the activities of VitalSprings -- a paying member of CHT...

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