Gingrich was investigated by the House in 1996 and 1997 for using charitable organizations to underwrite his political activities, and for subsequently making false statements to the ethics committee. At the conclusion of the investigation, Gingrich was officially reprimanded and fined $300,000 dollars for his transgressions.
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“A self-styled historian, Mr. Gingrich’s true talent lies in revising history. Contrary to what he tells voters now, his ethical transgressions were quite serious,” said CREW Executive Director Melanie Sloan [in the press release.] “We agree with presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, the American public deserves to learn the details of the committee’s investigation. We should have the chance to judge for ourselves whether the failure of the IRS and DOJ to take action was reasonable given the evidence the committee provided.”
“For too long, crooked politicians have had little to fear from federal law enforcement,” said Ms. Sloan. “Mr. Gingrich is about as forthcoming about the ethics investigation as he is about his lobbying activities so it is incumbent on these agencies to release these records as quickly as possible, allowing Americans to judge the matter for themselves.”
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