Federal Politics

Published — March 16, 2011 Updated — May 19, 2014 at 12:19 pm ET

Gingrich cements ties to religious leaders

Newt Gingrich Alex Brandon/The Associated Press

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The political unit of a religious conservative group called Renewing American Leadership, whose honorary chair is Newt Gingrich, is aiming to raise $500,000 to $1 million for high-stakes political issues in its first year.

Gingrich, who is weighing a run for president, could boost his ties to religious leaders through the group. ReAL Action tasted success last year by channeling $150,000 to help recall Iowa Supreme Court justices who sided with gay marriage.

Rick Tyler, Gingrich’s long-time communications aide, told the Center that the group has already spent almost $250,000 on two high stakes projects in Washington and in Iowa. Tyler is a director of Renewing American Leadership and president of ReAL Action, its 501(c)4 political branch.

Founded last summer, ReAL Action is a key player in a conservative coalition that has generated grassroots support for legislation recently introduced in both the House and the Senate requiring a balanced budget amendment. Rep. Bob Goodlatte of Virginia and Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah have introduced similar bills, which conservative activists call the Common Sense Balanced Budget Amendment.

Tyler said Real Action recruited and pays the salary of Kellen Guida, the balanced budget coalition’s director, and helped to put together its website—BBAnow.com. Other members of the coalition include Americans for Tax Reform, the National Taxpayers Union and American Solutions, a 527 political group launched by Gingrich several years ago.

“Encumbering our children and grandchildren with unsustainable debts has moral implications,” Tyler said. He said Gingrich signed a fundraising letter about a year ago to help get the coalition off the ground, but cannot do any more fundraising since he announced earlier this month that he was exploring a presidential run.

Separately, ReAL Action last year gave two grants to conservative groups totaling $150,000 which were active in the successful fight to oust three state Supreme Court justices after the Iowa court overturned a ban on gay marriages.

ReAL Action sent $125,000 to the American Family Association Action and another $25,000 to the Iowa Christian Alliance, which were instrumental in the court fight.

The Iowa recall effort coincided with Gingrich’s efforts in key primary states to woo social conservatives, who could be important allies if he opts to run. In particular, Iowa and South Carolina primary voters are heavily evangelical. For Gingrich, the former House Speaker who has been divorced twice and is now on his third marriage, the stakes are high in courting religious conservatives.

Tyler said the 501(c)4 ReAL Action was set up because it can spend money on political activities that Renewing American Leadership, a 501 (c) 3 group, can’t legally do. But by law, 501(c)4s must spend the majority of their funds on non- political projects. Tyler said that he expects to step down as president of ReAL Action and as a director of the other group by month’s end, because Gingrich is now in a presidential exploratory phase.

The mission of Renewing American Leadership, which was founded in early 2009, is, to “preserve America’s Judeo-Christian heritage by defending and promoting the three pillars of American civilization: freedom, faith and free markets.” Gingrich has signed fundraising letters for the group and its website helps promote his television appearances and books.

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Trump needs to conduct these activities because the entire MSM media, excluding Fox, is campaigning against him 24/7/365.

Didn’t Monica’s boyfriend’s wife and various criminal enterprises outspend Trump by almost 2-1?

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Why wouldn’t he get an early start on fund raising? Hillary outspent him two-to-one in 2016. The Dem’s are the party of big money. The President knows this and is attempting to get a jump on it. Of course the Dem candidate will outspend him in 2020 so it’s only rational that he starts fund raising now.

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Oh brother. We just 8 years of the Campaigner – in – Chief. Where was this journalistic rectal thermometer then. Just another article about 2000 words too long that merely takes another slap at Trump for something he far from initiated.

j stevenson
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j stevenson

The big difference between Trump and all the rest is his refusing to accept funds from lobbyists, so they don’t have the White House access they are used to. These are the donors who buy the presidency and are as pixxed off that he won the election as are the media and the Dems. Lobbyists have never been shut out of the WH and Trump has told them he is not for sale.

Anonymous
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Trump needs to be impeached and tossed in prison. Then have the key thrown away so he will never be free. Then he can see how it feels not to have freedom.

Mark Sullivan
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Mark Sullivan

Thank you for the usual insightful leftist low IQ Snowflake response.

barney
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hes not imprisoning them hes sending them back to their country chill tf out

SOUTH JERSEY
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SOUTH JERSEY

WHY DONT YOU HAVE FREEDOM?

Tom Larkin
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Tom Larkin

First, something positive. I was happy to learn of empirical information in article. BUT, the article was so slanted against President Trump as to be deemed fake news (“Perhaps Trump just lied.” (Two different issues)). The article mentions that President Trump raised over $67 million, but ended 2018 with $19 million. President Trump spent over $40 million 2016 and 2017. President Trump conducted 57 political rallies. The article notes the hats and T-shirts sold, but NEVER MENTIONS THE INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF REPUBLICAN SENATORS during a mid-term election that lost the House and the number of political rallies in… Read more »

Ted Sirois
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At least Trump is getting donations from willing donors. Fresh from his first election, Obama used billions of our children’s tax dollars to save thousands of union jobs in the car industry and bailed out the banks and many Wall Street businesses. This secured his source of reelection funds for his reelection four years later.

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South Jersey

TRUMP 2020; IS AN AMAZINGLY SMART MAN! VERY ORIGINAL & CREATIVE. I AM HAPPY TO HAVE HIS AS POTUS.

SOUTH JERSEY
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SOUTH JERSEY

THIS ARTICLE WAS OBVIOUSLY WRITTEN BY, A TRUMP-HATE-GROUP. THAT FEELS; IT IS NOT NORMAL TO BE SUCCESSFUL WITH YOUR OWN BRAND NAME. WHEN, IF FACT, IT IS NORMAL! >>>>> THIS IS >>> FAKE NEWS!!! <<<< ie: A PACK-OF-LIES; SPUN INTO; DEFAMATION OF CHARACTER. FOR A SINISTER-AGENDA OF; FASCIST DEMOCRATIC SOCIALIST, COUP D'ETAT

David
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Are you on some kind of drugs? Writing in caps makes me think that you are grumpy old fart or a uneducated hillbilly.