WASHINGTON — Former House speaker Newt Gingrich counts the world’s largest ethanol producer as a top donor to his presidential campaign, underscoring the Republican’s deep ties to an industry whose government subsidies he has steadfastly defended even while running as a fiscal conservative.
The political action committee and employees of ethanol maker POET, along with their relatives, donated $20,000 to Gingrich’s campaign to emerge as the No. 2 contributor to his election account, according to the non-partisan Center for Responsive Politics, which tracks money in politics. Only contributions from people associated with RockTenn, a packaging company in Gingrich’s home state of Georgia, ranked higher in the center’s tally of contributions.
Thursday, December 08, 2011
Ethanol Corporate Welfare recipient gives Newt Big Bucks
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