Newt Gingrich dismissed Occupy Wall St protesters as “dirty” and said they should “First take a bath and then get a job.”  (Yeah, we know…he seemed to have missed the point that they are protesting in part because they can’t find a job.) Occupy Wall St. protesters fired back with this press release:

Republican Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich told Occupy Wall Street protesters, “go get a job, right after you take a bath.”  However, it is Gingrich who is truly filthy from rolling around in dirty money.

Since leaving the House of Representatives over a decade ago in a cloud of ethics violations, Newt has amassed a fortune of between $7.3 million and $31 million by the peddling of political influence [1].

He has been personally paid $840,000 by the Chamber of Commerce [2], more than $1.6 million from Freddie Mac [3], and $312,500 in a single year from Growth Energy, an ethanol lobby [4].  His for-profit “think tank”, the Center for Health Transformation, was founded to lobby on behalf of health insurance and pharmaceutical corporations, and he was paid a monthly retainer by the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, one of the largest lobbying organizations in the country [5].  His 527 group, American Solutions for Winning the Future, was funded by big oil and coal companies and worked to oppose climate change legislation and promote offshore drilling [6].

One of the 1%’s most successful and moneyed lobbyists, Gingrich is now running for President to more fully institutionalize inequality and the entrenched plutocratic system.

On Monday Dec. 5, Gingrich will be in Manhattan to raise money from the 1%.  He is holding a $1000/person fundraiser at the Union League Club, 38 E 37th St, 12 PM.  Occupy Wall Street will be there at 11:30 AM, decked out in bathrobes and shower caps, to tell Newt that it is he who needs to “take a bath”, to get the influence of dirty money out of our politics.

OccupyFundraisers is an affinity group of Occupy Wall Street, a people-powered direct action movement that began on September 17, 2011, in Liberty Square in Manhattan’s Financial District. OWS is part of a growing international movement fighting against neoliberal economic practices, the crimes of Wall Street, government controlled by moneyed interests, and the resulting income inequality, unemployment, environmental destruction, and oppression of people at the front lines of the economic crisis.

[1] http://mobile.bloomberg.com/news/2011-11-18/gingrich-running-as-change-agent-profits-from-washington-insider-status

[2] http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204517204577044551356125444.html

[3] http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-11-16/gingrich-said-to-be-paid-at-least-1-6-million-by-freddie-mac.html

[4] http://campaign2012.washingtonexaminer.com/article/gingrich-made-big-bucks-pushing-corporate-welfare

[5] http://campaign2012.washingtonexaminer.com/article/gingrich-made-big-bucks-pushing-corporate-welfare

[6] http://www.salon.com/2010/08/10/whos_giving_to_newt_gingrich/

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