Newt Gingrich Provided $200,000 to Campaign to Recall Iowa Judges Over Marriage Equality Vote

Newt Gingrich arranged for hundreds of thousands of dollars for the successful campaign to oust three iowa Supreme Court judges last year for their marriage equality vote, the L.A. Times reports, in an article about Gingrich's ties to Evangelicals.

Newt The Wonk Room's Igor Volsky takes note:

Gingrich has also provided financial and strategic support for their causes. Last fall, he played a key behind-the-scenes role in an unprecedented — and successful — campaign to remove three Iowa Supreme Court judges who approved same-sex marriage in the state, helping secure $200,000 in seed money for the effort. […]

“It wouldn’t have happened without Newt,” said David Lane, executive director of Iowa for Freedom, the organization that led the campaign. “Newt provided strategic advice and arranged the initial seed money, about $200,000, which is what got everything started.”

The money came from an anonymous donor whose contribution was arranged by Gingrich, Lane said. Robert L. Vander Plaats, chief spokesman for the judicial campaign, said the former speaker provided key strategic advice.

Volsky adds that though Gingrich's verbal endorsement has been publicly reported, his monetary contributions have not.


  1. craig atlanta says

    Im sure the two gay/lesbian relatives of his that I know must be SOOOO proud. Candace ? Darrell?
    Comments ?

    What an azzhat. Three time divorcee serial adultering Catholics have NO chance of every being President of the USA. ZERO.

    Will this tired old jerk ever just go away?

  2. Rowan says

    This is the thing guys-Derrick, Kev, Rat etc

    The Right will always win because they have a common goal-strategy-money comes first and minorities should have no power.

    That’s all. Simple.

    At business school your tutors drum it into your head ‘keep your business plan simple’..I went to a political campign strategy meeting the other day and it was drummed again ‘keep your goal clear and simple’.

    Where as this seems to be advice given towards strands, this is actually the Conservative strategy-EVERYWHERE.

    And because they follow this like the bible, even if they may HATE each other, their common goals/objectives MUST be fullfilled at all costs.

    How IOWA Equality did not figure out in their campaign plan that this would happen (and No on Prop 8), is one of the biggest failures in strategy.

    Did they not do a SWOT analysis? Did they not have a negative campaigning contingency plan? Did they not even bother to research the environment-obstacles, threats, adversaries?

    This is shocking. I thought gays were supposed to be bright and super perceptive because we’ve always had to look across our shoulders growing up?

    Worse still, it was on this blog I think, that a gay commenter was sticking up for Newt when that student Democrat posed him a question about his hypocrisy against gay rights with his marriage record.

    No wonder we never win. So fragmented.

  3. GraphicJack says

    Can someone please make a crosshair map for Newt, Sarah, Rush, Michelle and all the other Repugs? Let’s see how they react to that…

  4. ricky says

    Gingrich, Palin, Huckabee have no chance of ever getting the nomination or ever winning the office for President – and they know it. This is simply about staying relevant – and continuing to play to the hate-filled cheap seats of the party — since that is how you make the money.

    Gingrich is from a small nothing district in Georgia – when was the last time a Member of the House even ran for the office – much less won? Ever? Palin is from a state of 700,000 — she won the office with less votes than most Mayors get. Huckabee might have a chance if he were a Democrat – but Republicans are not going to recognize Arkansas on a national level.

    They are all three simple carney folk – hustling the sad tattered poor midway of the Republican party – and working the rubes for all they can get.

  5. Disgusted American says

    I understand what you’re saying ROWAN..but we unlike the GOP are NOT lemmings, we don’t walk LOCKSTEP….as You know, we come in all sizes,colors,races,religions or no religions…economic and socionomic backrounds……we’ll never be ONE HUGE Force, that is Until something happens that Forces us too……tho a scenerio that would do that would have to be VERY Internment camps or something to that order

  6. Disgusted American says

    ..and as another commentor Posted- Where’s Newt’s Sister Candice..? She needs to speak up,NOW.

  7. CPT_Doom says

    @1 – “What an azzhat. Three time divorcee serial adultering Catholics have NO chance of every being President of the USA. ZERO.”

    Ah, but Craig didn’t you hear? Newt was only an adulterer BEFORE he became a Catholic to satisfy the demands of his current sex partner (she wanted a church wedding). The Church was apparently able to find grounds to disallow his first two “marriages,” I would guess because they weren’t solemnized in a “real” church, according to the Catholics. Thus, all Newt had to do was be wery, wery, wery sorry for his fornication (which his now extra-marital sexual relationships would be considered) and *poof* (all puns intended) he and the latest Mrs. Gingrich could have a good ole Catholic wedding.

    The real question is, who will the fourth Mrs. Gingrich be (the latest one is almost past Newt’s “sell by” date) and is she currently working for Newt, a la John Edwards?

  8. TonyJ says

    Rowan, stop the nit-picking. We lost in California due to a well-funded opposition, and the fact that we are a small minority. I was proud of the hundreds of volunteers for the moral side, and Dianne Feinstein’s advertisement against Prop 8 was excellent.

    Don’t blame the wrong people. Evil won, but not because we didn’t try or that we were misdirected….

  9. says

    How much more do republicans have to do before they can be charged with treason for trying to over-throw the U.S. government and have them all hanged?

  10. WNY1973 says

    @Rowan: People like you amaze me. I don’t know why the gay community feels the need to impose on the values and beliefs of others, instead of just living YOUR lives the way you want. I am gay, my partner and I are Conservatives, and we have been together for almost 7 years. We live decent, respectable lives and respect the values and opinions of other people. Now here we have the squeaky wheels who champion for things like DADT, openly discussing homosexuality in schools to kids too young to even understand what sexuality even is, etc. Get a grip and understand one thing: our lifestyle will NEVER be accepted or respected by a majority. I mean, is that simple enough for you? As for same sex marriage, what’s wrong with calling it a civil union – It would offer the same rights and laws. And you have the nerve to single out GOP scandals, when the Democrats are just as guilty, if not more so of dirty deeds. Commenting on Newt Gingrich and his marital woes… and the fact that “the right wingers” have no sense of family values? Are ya joking??? Family values??? For the record, what exactly do you call gay “family values”… Married 9a to 5p, open “relationship” 5p to 9a? Try finding a gay related website that doesn’t involve some sort of sexually explicit material: “family values”, right? How about this – how about the gay community clean up its act, and then start demanding respect from other people. How about the gay community learn not just about self-respect, but respecting others. How about the gay community learning that screwing around with a few hundred partners a year is repulsive and despicable. How about the gay community learn more about using words like “judgmental” a lot less. And that’s one of the biggest jokes about our community – any dissenter is greeted with the “band-aid phrase” of the community – “stop being so judgmental”… what a pathetic cop-out to avoiding the TRUTH! Just remember this – respect is never given freely, respect is EARNED! There are some things laws can’t regulate, and respect is one of those things.