• Deadbeat Newt Gingrich Bounces Check for Utah Filing Fee

    Newt GIngrich in South CarolinaDeadbeat space clown Newt Gingrich is a vocal proponent of "fiscal responsibility," fondly evoking the days when budgets were balanced and Gingrich was relevant. Unfortunately, when it comes to the finances of his own campaign, Gingrich takes his fiduciary promises as seriously as he takes his marital vows

    Utah Elections Director Mark Thomas said a designated agent for the Gingrich campaign brought the filing papers and a check for $500 in March, but after the check was deposited, the state was notified by the bank that the check had bounced. He said the office has tried to contact the Gingrich campaign through the telephone number and email provided on the application, but have not received a response.

    Recently, the state sent a certified letter to the campaign, stating that if the fee isn't paid by April 20, Gingrich will be disqualified and will not be on the ballot.

    It's true Gingrich has had a run of bad financial luck. First, his think tank declared bankruptcy. Now his campaign has moved from figuratively writing checks it can't cash to literally writing checks it can't cash. It has piled up nearly $4.5 million in debt. But like a Gingrich marriage, this situation is only temporary.

    While the Republican Party may have abandoned him, in a fit of poetic justice, for a younger and wealthier man, Gingrich still has his looks. Not a good look, mind you. But a look. For now, he's charging $50 at campaign events for a picture with him, but think of how much money he'll make when he travels the country demanding cash for not appearing in your photographs.

    Photo by John W. Adkisson/Getty Images News/Getty Images

    Tags: Money, Newt Gingrich, Primaries, Republicans, Utah


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