Gingrich to Los Angeles for GOP fundraising dinner

Former House Speaker and potential 2012 Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich will headline a fundraising dinner for the Los Angeles County Republican Party later this month. 

In an e-mail invite with the subject line “Meet Newt Gingrich — Presidential Candidate?” the party teased Gingrich’s presidential ambitions, betting that Gingrich’s comments earlier this week in Iowa will help draw a crowd.  

At a fundraiser in Des Moines on Monday, Gingrich said of a possible White House run in 2012, “I’ve never been this serious.”

“It’s fair to say that by February, the groundwork will have been laid to consider seriously whether or not to run,” Gingrich said. 

The GOP dinner is set for July 22 at the Beverly Hilton. Individual tickets are going for $250 a pop. Serving as event co-host and getting into a VIP reception with Gingrich will run you $10,000.