Newt Gingrich gets another check from Vegas billionaire

GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich will have at least some cash to get him through next week’s Super Tuesday vote. From the Associated Press:

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — Billionaire casino owner Sheldon Adelson has given another “substantial” contribution to an independent group supporting Republican Newt Gingrich, helping the group launch new TV ads in seven states where the former House speaker hopes to resurrect his struggling presidential campaign.

The super PAC Winning Our Future received a donation from the Las Vegas billionaire similar to two separate $5 million contributions Adelson and his family donated previously, according to a person familiar with the contribution. The person was not authorized to discuss the donations publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.

The committee will air TV ads beginning Tuesday in Georgia, Ohio, Oklahoma and Tennessee, four “Super Tuesday” states voting March 6 where Gingrich hopes to rejuvenate his campaign. The super PAC will also start airing ads Wednesday in Mississippi, Alabama and Kansas, which hold contests next month.

The ads seek to undercut Republican Mitt Romney’s argument that he would pose the most formidable challenge to President Barack Obama. It opens with an older man declaring Romney’s name and sighing. A woman says she doesn’t relate to Romney and another man says he doesn’t “know if I can trust him.” Another male voice says, “He doesn’t have the strength to stand up to Obama.”

The ad promotes Gingrich’s energy plan, which the former House speaker has touted as a way to bring down gasoline prices to $2.50 a gallon. A male voice says, “Newt Gingrich can beat Obama.”

Adelson’s $5 million donation to Winning Our Future in January was considered critical to helping Gingrich keep his campaign alive.

The donation and ads were first reported by Politico.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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harley

February 28th, 2012
8:13 am

he isnt even from Georgia…he is from Pennsylvania…he is not our cross to bear…..he is an embarrassment to to true Christians and if he wins in Georgia it will just make us look backwards

David Callaway

February 28th, 2012
8:19 am

Hope you are keeping track of all the other donors and their recipients also.

harley makes us look backwards

February 28th, 2012
8:25 am

‘harley’ makes Georgians look backward by being ignorant of the fact that Newt was a Congressman from Georgia for ~20 years, after having taught as a Professor at West Georgia and graduating from High School (something ‘harley’ appears to have avoided) in Columbus, Georgia.

‘harley’: “true Christians” don’t bear false witness. Guess you’ve shown YOU’RE not much of a Christian yourself.

Slip

February 28th, 2012
8:30 am

In the words of the great Vern Gosdin (country music star) “Nobody calls from Vegas just to Say Hello”

zgoldatl

February 28th, 2012
8:32 am

Newt is the man. I’m proud he represented this great state. people like Harley make Georgia look backwards

double

February 28th, 2012
8:40 am

Do not forget.Newt taught TD.TD says he was Newts top student.

sheepdawg

February 28th, 2012
8:42 am

money as well flushed down the toilet…what a waste

td

February 28th, 2012
8:43 am

Newt didn’t teach me anything.

KZGuy

February 28th, 2012
8:46 am

Just the thought of Newt “Family Values” Gringrich having access to nuclear weapons is very disturbing. If Newt were to be elected his job description would finally catch up with his ego.

double

February 28th, 2012
8:51 am

I don’t think place or show pays in this race.

Marmaduke

February 28th, 2012
8:52 am

Im a democrat, but I’ll be voting for Santorum the Frosty man next week!

jconservative

February 28th, 2012
9:03 am

“He doesn’t have the strength to stand up to Obama.”

Wow! I did not know Obama was so powerful. Maybe we should keep Obama in the White House if he is that strong.

Good point Newt.

Mark

February 28th, 2012
9:13 am

Marmaduke

February 28th, 2012
8:52 am

I hope many Democrats will turn out on Super Tuesday and vote for one of the Republican candidates just to keep this entertaining circus going.

George Hills

February 28th, 2012
9:15 am

Adelson’s throwing his money down a rathole.

Mr. Gingrich helped pass the 1996 misdemeanor gun ban in Congress, hiding it in a 750-page last-minute budget bill. Many people in his district stayed mad until he quit in 1998. Only a fool would vote for him now.

Gwinnett Admin

February 28th, 2012
9:16 am

If it quacks like a duck….

This is the shadiest relationship imaginable. Third Wave anyone?

Who won the Cobb county straw poll? Not Newt…. Vote for Peace

Sadie Hawkins

February 28th, 2012
9:20 am

Newt and Herm can chase alot of tail with that kind of dough in their cheatin’ pockets. This is good news for the strip clubs of A-town.

WaitAMinute

February 28th, 2012
9:22 am

With the wealthy giving million dollar plus campaign donations, I can see why the republican’s don’t want to increase their taxes 3%. Obviously, they are hurting financially.

Ralph

February 28th, 2012
9:33 am

This is the best show in town since the circus packed up and left.

Mark

February 28th, 2012
9:34 am

It’s going to be so sad when he finally realizes that he’s not going to be the nominee. Now looking to Tennessee….AH! not so fast……..

Tennessee offers the third-largest haul of delegates on Super Tuesday at 58, behind Georgia and Ohio. Gingrich is in fourth place in Tennessee, with support from 10 percent of likely GOP primary voters in this state, according to this month’s Vanderbilt University poll.

td

February 28th, 2012
9:37 am

WaitAMinute

February 28th, 2012
9:22 am

Are you dumb enough to actually believe that Obama is not receiving more millions the the Republicans?

Centrist

February 28th, 2012
9:38 am

This along with Santorum now openly seeking Democrat votes in Republican primaries is all simply to block Romney and ruin Republican chances against Obama. Gingrich, Santorum, and Paul have NO CHANCE of being the Republican nominee. It is going to be a wounded Romney after another month or two, or a doomed convention alternative.

Obama is looking almost assured to win by a similar electoral vote as he did in 2008. The House will remain at least as Republican, and the Senate looks to be evenly split. More gridlock coming, but liberal federal judges and Supreme court nominees will be facing filibusters.

Time to change back

February 28th, 2012
9:38 am

Newt has a real plan that will being jobs back to America. Newt has a plan that will create 6.6 million jobs in the next two years and this has been verified though economic experts. Newt is for drilling both oil and gas and he believes in clean coal. Newt will have America back on track and striving towards energy independence. Newt will get people off welfare and unemployment and cut taxes. Newt is the one who wants to truly cut government spending and size of government. Because the GOP and DEMS know that Newt can do what he says, they simply cant have this. They can’t afford to have their jobs and money cut. Come on. Its their money they steal from American Tax Payers. I give my vote to Newt and I hope all of you understand that they are trying to take Newt out to save their control. We the people deserve better. We really need Newt to save this country.

Father A. Long

February 28th, 2012
9:39 am

Don Imus refers to New Gingrich as “skunk vomit”. He needs to apologize to skunks.

Get new people at the AJC please.

February 28th, 2012
9:46 am

Oh its Jim Galloway again, writing another poorly written article… It must me easy to get hired at the AJC.

GaBlue

February 28th, 2012
9:54 am

I have to wonder what he expects in return. That kind of generosity comes with expectations attached. (Hence the creation of our now totally moot campaign finance laws.) If Newt were an honest man, he’d be forthcoming with the terms of this quid pro quo. But then, if he were an honest man, Adelson would probably be financing a different candidate.

td

February 28th, 2012
9:58 am

Centrist

February 28th, 2012
9:38 am

I do not agree with your assessment. I do not think Newt will win the nomination (and have already voted for him in Georgia) but I think Rick has just as good a chance of beating Obama as Romney does. Do not get me wrong I will support, give money too and vote for Romney if he is the nominee but I am not convinced that Romney is the best candidate for this election.

Romney has higher negatives than Rick nationally.
The states Romney is strongest in are all blue states that Obama will win besides Florida.
In the general election Obama will beat Romney in Mich due to his views on bailing out the automobile companies. Rick has a chance due to his views on bringing back manufacturing.
Rick is stronger in Penn, Ohio, IA and Ind then Romney.
Rick would run stronger in VA and NC then Romney due to his social conservative message.

JB

February 28th, 2012
10:00 am

He’s Jewish and knows Newt won’t bow or coddle Iran. The survival of Israel is more important to him than Billions sitting in the bank. It’s chump change. Gablue, when you’ve got 5 billion, you don’t need any favors. And you think Obama is honest?

ncgreybr

February 28th, 2012
10:00 am

I’m curious. Since speculators control the price of oil, how is Newt going to control speculating on oil futures? Does he really think FOR A MINUTE that American oil companies are going to price oil brought out of the ground here in the USA cheaper than they can get on the world market? That they will give Americans a break in price? If the world price ia $100 a barrel…that’s exactly what they’re going to be charging us for oil from Montana that we gave them HUGE tax breaks to drill for!

td

February 28th, 2012
10:00 am

GaBlue

February 28th, 2012
9:54 am

Adelson said flat out that he supported Newt because he thought Newt had the strongest stance on supporting Israel.

JB

February 28th, 2012
10:07 am

Obama is for all this, but never runs an ad promoting it, gee, wonder why:

* Big & bigger government
* bigger Taxes
* Anti Energy
* Cap & trade ( higher taxes for every American)
*Gay marriage)
* open borders and legalize illegals)
* gun control
* Cradle to grave entitlements)
* smaller military
* Against governing through the Legislative system of our government
* anti religion

Yet not one ad.

Mister.Earl

February 28th, 2012
10:27 am

Gingrich would be out of the race if not for ONE contributor.

Think about that

WaitAMinute

February 28th, 2012
10:27 am

td … I never assumed that, but it is the republican’s that are fighting a 3% tax increase like it would be the end of the world. I can’t believe you were “dumb” enough to even think that.

Proud Repub

February 28th, 2012
10:29 am

After witnessing the embarassing circus of the GOP field of idiots,I definately will be voting for OBAMA hands down!!!!!!!!

Mark

February 28th, 2012
10:36 am

OBAMA/BIDEN 2012!!!

ncgreybr

February 28th, 2012
10:58 am

JB…(I presume the last name is Stoner.)

Since I have a son who is gay I’ll address the gay marriage issue of your ignorant list. Gee! I wonder why Obama would be for including gays in the right for “All” Americans be free and equal. What I can’t imagine is that SOME Americans want other Americans to be considered second class citizens with less rights than they have. Apparently one of those people is you, JB. Why do you feel that way? Why do you feel my son shouldn’t be allowed to visit his partner in the hospital if he is sick? Or collect his insurance without going to court? Or a thousand other things that you and I take for granted?

catlady

February 28th, 2012
11:05 am

A rich fool is still a fool…

see no evil

February 28th, 2012
11:35 am

JB, you’ve been drinkning the Koolaid too long. A few of your points are correct but some are out-right lies promoted by the right-wing media machine such as Faux news or Brush Limpjaw. If you want to talk entitlements look no furthaer than Republicans support of tax breaks for the wealthy or their version of the HOPE scholarship here in GA.

Anti religion is a strong statement too. It could be that you are in favor of your religion ruling the world. You’re not Baptist are you?

Do you think that the gun laws in this state are too strong? Do you want no gun control?

Smaller military- or maybe a military that doens’t waste money and US military lives on wars that we never should have been in from the begining. I’m all for that!

I could go on, but you can see the point.

Mister.Earl

February 28th, 2012
12:31 pm

LANSING (The Borowitz Report) – Telling a crowd of supporters that the separation of church and state “makes me want to throw up,” GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum today proposed replacing church and state with a new entity he called “sturch.”

“Merging church and state into sturch will benefit all Americans,” he said. “Except maybe Jews.”

Mr. Santorum said that the combined entity would offer greater convenience to the American people than the separation of church and state currently does, since Americans would be able to get salvation and motor vehicle renewals at the same place every Sunday.

Turning to another campaign theme, Mr. Santorum told the crowd, “I support the rights of the unborn child until it is born and wants an education.”

He contrasted himself with President Obama on the education issue, stating, “Barack Obama speaks in complete sentences. What a snob.”

In other campaign news, singer Kid Rock endorsed Mitt Romney, which means that his music is no longer the worst thing about Kid Rock.

An upbeat Mr. Romney visited the Daytona 500, where he told a reporter, “I love this stuff. I’ve always been a big NASDAQ fan.”

Alabama Communist

February 28th, 2012
1:46 pm

More Breaking News On Newt Getting another 1% Zionist Check To Fight Another Day….Either the Donor is the biggest fool in this country or Newt has found way to Separate a fool from his money without a Fraud Lawsuit……….

see no evil

February 28th, 2012
3:36 pm

Good stuff Mister.Earl. Very clever.

Ol' Timer

February 28th, 2012
4:04 pm

I think Mr. Adelson is fulling on a duck’s neck trying to make a swan.

Travis McGee

February 28th, 2012
4:14 pm

@JB — I started to address all of you lies, half-truths and distortions. Then I asked myself: WHY?

The trouble with the right wing is not that they don’t know but that they know so much that ain’t so! — to paraphrase Josh Billings.

HopefulOne

February 28th, 2012
5:32 pm

Gotta wonder what’s wrong with the GOP that Newt and Santorum were even allowed to campaign, much less that they’ve been moderately successful so far. Is the rest of the GOP really filled with uneducated and/or evil people like non-GOP people are saying?

-r-

February 28th, 2012
7:31 pm

..and what silver fox is eyeing this potential “FLOTUS maker” ??

harley

February 29th, 2012
8:12 am

slimy carpet bagger and his “lady” out to fool dimwitted southerners
news at ten

harley

February 29th, 2012
8:13 am

newt….really???