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Related Sites

Ethics Committee Hearing Transcript, Jan. 17, 1997

Download or read special counsel James Cole's full report.

The House Ethics Committee Report

House Ethics Manual

Newt Gingrich's Dec. 21, 1996 Statement


Newt Gingrich's Sixth District Home Page

U.S. House of Representatives

The Official Friends of Newt Gingrich

CQ: David Bonior Biography

CQ: Newt Gingrich Biography

CQ: Nancy Johnson Biography


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The Complaints

Of more than 70 complaints filed against Gingrich, two are still pending:

  • Did Gingrich improperly finance his college course and televised town meetings? Filed Sept. 7, 1994, by former Rep. Ben Jones (D-Ga.), the complaint alleges Gingrich violated federal law by using tax-deductible donations to finance his college courses, "Renewing American Civilization," which he taught between 1993 and 1995 at two Georgia colleges. It was backed by Kennesaw State College Foundation, Reinhardt College and the Progress and Freedom Foundation, all tax-exempt organizations. A second project was televised town hall meeting, developed by GOPAC and backed by the Abraham Lincoln Opportunity Foundation, a charity to benefit urban youths.

    The House Ethics Committee Report

  • Hearing Transcript
  • Download or read the special counsel's report.

  • The ethics committee did not find that Gingrich broke the law, but said he should have sought legal advice on the propriety of using tax-exempt funds for his courses, which the committee found supported GOPAC's goals. Plus, the committee noted Gingrich provided "inaccurate, incomplete, and unreliable" information to the committee, while not accusing him of lying. The committee found Gingrich guilty of House ethics violations which "did not reflect creditably on the House of Representatives."

    The speaker is not off the hook yet legally, however, as the Internal Revenue Service is conducting its own investigation.

  • Did Gingrich accept improper gifts from GOPAC? Filed Jan. 31, 1996, by Democratic Reps. David Bonior (Mich.), Pat Schroeder (Colo.), George Miller (Calif.), Rosa De Lauro (Conn.), and John Lewis (Ga.), the complaint alleges Gingrich took improper gifts and contributions from GOPAC, a political action committee he used to control. The ethics committee has yet to rule on the complaint.

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