How, Exactly, Is Newt Gingrich Not A Lobbyist?
Jim Hightower wonders how Newt Gingrich can claim that his influence peddling is any different from lobbying in his new column, “The Deep Shallowness Of Professor Gingrich:”
In past commentaries, I have called Newt Gingrich a lobbyist. Apparently, he hates that tag, even though he has indeed gotten very wealthy by taking big bucks from such special interest outfits as IBM, AstraZeneca, Microsoft and Siemens in exchange for helping them get favors from federal and state governments. But Gingrich, his lawyers and staff adamantly insist that it’s rude and crude to call him a lobbyist. No-no, they bark, The Newt is — ta-da! — “a visionary.”