Newt the ethanol lobbyist

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    The world’s largest ethanol producer is one of Newt Gingrich’s biggest donors, reports USA Today. A long-time supporter of the controversial subsidy, Newt is also the only GOP candidate to unequivocally support ethanol subsidies.

    The political action committee of ethanol producer Poet and its employees — including CEO Jeff Broin — have donated $20,000 to Gingrich’s campaign. According to the Center for Responsive Politics, this makes Poet and people connected to the company the second largest donor to his campaign.

    But the ties go deeper. Broin also serves as the chairman of ethanol lobbying firm Growth Energy, the same firm that hired Gingrich as a consultant in 2009. From 2009 until early 2011, Growth Energy paid Gingrich $575,000. It was one of many gigs that earned Gingrich millions in the years after he left Congress.

    Gingrich, Backed By Ethanol Lobby, Supports Subsidy | TPM2012
     
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    So now you're against Ethanol?

    I mean, it's hard to keep track. I thought you guys were all for ethanol, when Obama was sucking up to folks in Iowa in 2008.

    Frankly, I think that Ethanol is a boondoggle, but that's politics.
     
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    I've always been against it.

    I'm having a hard time seeing how or why Newt would appeal to the teapees.
     
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    I'm not sure why you are trying to pretend to understand the motivations of people you hate.

    You know, the more your side attacks Newt, the more people are going to like him.

    Here's a reason why I think Newt has appeal to the TEA Party.

    1) He's not Romney.

    2) During his tenure as Speaker, he reformed welfare, held the line on government spending, and stood toe to toe with Slick Willy.

    3) He's a fighter. I think the main thing is that the TEA Party is sick of establishment Republicans who give token resistance and then meekly go along with the slow march to socialism.
     
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    Wow. $20,000

    And the firm that hired Gingrich lobbied for ethanol?

    So what's the problem here? Are you accusing Gingrich of being a lobbyist? That would mean most of the Congressmen in Washington are exactly the same as Newt......which isn't true btw.
     
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    :lol: Lobbying for Fanny and Freddy and ethanol somehow held the line on government spending? bwahahahahaha!
     
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    Ooookay, if you really think that's a winning issue for you, go with that.

    I specifically stated his tenure as speaker. But you keep talking about the "lobbying" he never actually did.
     
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    Now why in the world would Ravi want to talk about anything positive Newt accomplished?? He is after all a Rep.

    Perhaps she would feel more at home discussing FF. The pet of the Dems that has cost we taxpayers billions??
     
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    That's the problem with corn subsidies, it makes farming corn so cheap that the farmer couldn't make a profit without it.

    And now that we have all this cheap corn we gotta' find uses for it, which require more subsidies for the studies. It never ends.

    Just stop with the subsidizing and let farmers chose which crops to plant based on the market (our buying habits). I'm sure they can do just fine without gov't "help".
     
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    I like ethanol and I like President-elect Newt.
     

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