The former House Speaker was paid $50,750 for a speech to the Missouri Western State University Foundation in October 2010. The foundation also paid for first-class expenses for two, including hotel accommodations, meals and airfare.
For this fee, Gingrich attended, but did not speak at, an hourlong reception at an art museum; provided a five-minute media photo-op; and gave a 20-minute speech followed by a 15-minute question-and-answer session.
According to the agreement, the GOP presidential front-runner requires a non-smoking one-bedroom suite, preferably with two bathrooms, and if the client is interested, Gingrich would also conduct a “learning roundtable” with executives ahead of the speech, although the agreement does not say whether this comes at an additional cost.
“If your organization so desires and his schedule allows, Speaker Gingrich would enjoy meeting with a select group of your top executives prior to his speech in a roundtable setting for 45 minutes,” the agreement reads in part.
“He will use this time to learn about your industry, organization and meeting. He does not need this time to review event logistics, as he will be well prepared as to what to expect when he arrives on site. He will require a flip chart and black magic markers for the Learning Roundtable.”
Gingrich has faced criticism from his opponents, who have called him a lifelong politician and say he has used has used his influence to reap substantial profits.
The former Speaker was paid at least $1.5 million by mortgage giant Freddie Mac, although he continues to assert that this was for “strategic advice” as a “historian,” and that he never did any lobbying on the firm’s behalf.
Gingrich says that he is not a lifelong politician, but rather a “lifelong citizen.”
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