A good piece in the New York Times today showcasing the subtle way in which Gingrich made himself rich playing the influence game on behalf of clients while steering clear of the technical definition of a lobbyist.
He was not registered as a lobbyist, but he did things lobbyists do. That is, he connected his high-paying clients to people in power and helped persuade government officials to support his clients’ agendas and advance their ideas into law.
Like everyone I’ve ever known in Washington who peddles their influence for money, Gingrich – through his lawyer – insists that all the positions he took were his own, and just happened to coincide with those of his clients.
I don’t particularly care. Just don’t tell us that people were paying you tens of thousands of dollars a year to be the resident historian.