Gingrich ups speaking fees, cites Trump ‘insight’: report

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Newt Gingrich is using his ties to President-elect Donald Trump to charge more for his public speaking engagements, according to a new report.

Worldwide Speakers Group, the speaking agency representing Gingrich, announced higher prices for the former GOP House Speaker Thursday, Politico said Friday.

{mosads}“Few people in the world have as much insight into President-elect Trump’s philosophies, principles and objectives as Newt Gingrich,” the notice with the subject line “Newt Gingrich fee increase” reads.

“As the senior voice in the Republican Party and advisor to the new administration, Gingrich has been at the forefront of the Republican strategy for the last two years.”

Politico said Gingrich is now charging $25,000 plus ground transportation costs for speeches in Washington, D.C.

The 2012 presidential candidate then charges $60,000 and first-class travel for two for each speech east of Chicago, and $75,000 and first-class travel for two for every event west of the Windy City.

Politico added Gingrich’s price tag has increased by about $15,000, according to a source. Gingrich told the news outlet he had “no comment” in an email when asked about the changes.

Gingrich served as a vocal advocate for Trump on the campaign trail, at one point even entering the mix to be his running mate.

Trump chose Vice President-elect and Indiana Gov. Mike Pence instead, however, and Gingrich has since revealed he will not have a role in the president-elect’s Cabinet. The former Speaker has clarified he will focus on “strategic planning” for the overall Republican Party instead.

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