House Punishes Gingrich -- Jan. 21, 1997
Gingrich Faces Reprimand, $300,000 Penalty -- Jan. 17, 1997
More Questions About Gingrich, Tax-Deductible Money
LOS ANGELES (AllPolitics, Jan. 22) -- A political action committee run by House Speaker Newt Gingrich used tax-deductible funds to assist GOP congressional candidates, according to a report in today's Los Angeles Times.
The Times, citing House ethics committee documents, reported that GOPAC, the political action committee run by Gingrich until 1995, urged donors to contribute "dues" to the Abraham Lincoln Opportunity Foundation, which was originally formed to help inner-city youths. The money was forwarded to GOPAC, which in turn contributed it to Republican political candidates, The Times said.
According to documents cited by the newspaper, a GOPAC official told a New York businessman if he paid dues to the foundation, he would be "of enormous help in our efforts to change Congress in 1992." The businessman gave $25,000 and nine days later, the foundation transferred the money to GOPAC, The Times said.
There was no immediate comment by Gingrich or the Internal Revenue Service about the newspaper's report. Under federal tax law, non-profit organizations that accept tax-deductible contributions cannot engage in partisan political activities.
On Tuesday, the House voted to reprimand Gingrich and impose a $300,000 penalty against him. In late December, the speaker acknowledged that he had failed to seek appropriate tax advice on how to finance a college course that he taught and that he had provided inaccurate, misleading information to the ethics committee during its investigation.
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