By Justin Sink - 03/12/12 04:11 PM EDT
In the video, Gingrich thanks Samuel Samford, a warehouse manager from Jacksonville, Fla., who donated $2.50 to Gingrich's effort. The former House Speaker's campaign has been pushing supporters to donate in increments of "Gingrich gallons," a play on the candidate's plan that he says would drive gas prices down to $2.50 per gallon by opening up more federally-owned and offshore areas to oil drilling.
"Given our new campaign for $2.50 gasoline we thought it was doubly good that the person that was number 175,000 would give $2.50," Gingrich tells Samford in the video.
“From the very beginning, we set out to run a people-powered campaign based on the creativity and enthusiasm of Americans looking to dismantle the old order and rebuild the America we love,” said Gingrich in a statement. “I’m proud to have Samuel Samford and our additional 174,999 donors standing with me as we work together to fundamentally change Washington. Not only have they donated their hard-earned money, but they have also volunteered countless hours of their time, and [my wife] and I are extremely grateful for their support.”