Entries in Callista Gingrich (6)


S.C. Voters Google Gingrich’s Personal Life

Kris Connor/Getty Images(COLUMBIA, S.C.) -- The top Google searches associated with Newt Gingrich in South Carolina are: “Callista,” “Marianne,” “Newt Scandal” and “Newt Wives.”  The data was compiled by Google, which said in a report that it represents relevant search data from South Carolina over the past 7 days.

Gingrich searches have surged by 698 percent in South Carolina, according to Google, compared to a 76 percent increase in search traffic for Mitt Romney.

When voters Googled Romney, they searches for: “Bio,” “Mitt South Carolina,” “2012″ and “Mitt Platform.”

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Gingrich Releases 2010 Tax Returns During SC Debate

Kris Connor/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Newt Gingrich’s tax returns aren’t the flashiest or the most complicated, but the former House speaker pulled in quite a few dollars in 2010.

Gingrich and his wife, Callista, made an adjusted gross income of $3,142,066 in 2010 -- most of it from one of Gingrich’s companies, Gingrich Holdings, Inc., headquartered on K Street in downtown Washington, D.C.

Gingrich’s campaign released his 2010 returns during Thursday night’s debate in South Carolina, after the candidate repeatedly called on Mitt Romney to release his 2010 returns during the latest leg of the GOP campaign.


During the debate, Romney said he would release multiple years of tax returns.  Until then, he had pledged to release his 2011 returns after they’ve been prepared in April.  Romney recently said he paid an effective tax rate of about 15 percent in 2010, as capital gains accounted for most of his income.

Here are some of the highlights of the Gingriches' 2010 tax returns:

-- Newt paid $19,800 in alimony in 2010
-- The couple paid an effective tax rate of 31.5 percent, a total of $989,945 in taxes paid
-- Newt drew $76,200 from the federal government, listed as income from the Office of Personnel Management
--  Of their total income, the Gingriches made $2,478,539 from the corporation Gingrich Holdings
-- The Gingriches made $191,827 from Gingrich Productions, Inc., a production company Callista heads
-- They made $60,868 in capital gains
-- The two also reported losses on some investment portfolios, including $25,357 in capital-gains losses on long-term holdings
-- They gave $9,540 to their church, the Basilica of the National Shrine, but Callista also drew $5,918 in income from the church for singing in its choir
-- The couple paid household help $14,774 in 2010
-- Total charity giving added up to $81,133
-- Newt has a bit of overseas holdings, too: he reported $1,681 in foreign qualified dividends
-- The Gingriches own a house in Wisconsin worth nearly $78,000 but lost about $6,000 in depreciated value

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Callista Gingrich Back at Tiffany

Kris Connor/Getty Images(LEESBURG PIKE, Va.) -- Callista Gingrich was spotted browsing in a Tiffany store in Leesburg Pike, Va., over the weekend while her husband, Newt, ordered sparkling wine at a restaurant next door, the Washington Post  reports.

With a night off between two weekend Iowa visits, the Gingriches stopped off at a popular local restaurant, Chef Geoff’s at Tysons Corner. The former House Speaker caught a few minutes of Sunday football at the bar as he drank a class of cava while his wife checked out the goods in the high-end jewelry store.

Last May, one week after Newt Gingrich announced that he was seeking the GOP presidential nomination, financial disclosure reports revealed that in 2006 Callista Gingrich listed a revolving charge account at Tiffany and Co. Charges ranged between $250,001 to $500,000.  

One month later, it was found the Gingriches had a second line of credit at the store, which at one point listed charges between $500,000 and $1,000,000.  Gingrich spokesman Joe Desantis confirmed that the six- to seven-figure credit line would be reported on financial disclosure forms, but that as of June, “it has zero balance, and it has been closed.”

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Callista Gingrich’s Book Makes Amazon Best Sellers List

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A Gingrich has one of the top-selling books in the country, but it’s not Newt.

His wife, Callista, released her first children’s book, Sweet Land of Liberty, Monday, and it has jumped to No. 3 on the Amazon Best Sellers list.

The children’s book features Ellis the Elephant, who comes to America and shares with children the story of America’s exceptionalism, a theme Newt Gingrich has articulated throughout his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination.

Leading the Amazon Best Sellers list is Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination that Changed America Forever by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard, followed by Heroes of Olympus, the Book Two: The Sun of Neptune.

Rounding out the top five are Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever by Jeff Kinney and The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks.

At CPAC this weekend in Florida, a life-size Ellis the Elephant joined Callista Gingrich while she talked about her book.

This is Callista’s first venture in children’s books, but the Gingrich couple has produced seven documentaries together. Throughout Newt Gingrich’s time on the campaign trail, the duo has fit in screenings of their documentaries at many stops. He has authored 23 books on his own, 13 of which have made the New York Times best-seller list.

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Newt Gingrich Pounces on Media, 'Backstabbing' Staff

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Newt Gingrich accused ABC News on Wednesday of doing a “hit piece” and ignoring the facts when it reported on Gingrich using money from his charity to pay one of his for-profit companies.

Appearing on Fox News’ On the Record with Greta van Susteren, Gringrich said, “That report is so inaccurate.  Reverend Jim Garlow of San Diego, who’s the head of Renewing American Leadership, sent me a very despairing email yesterday and said he told the facts to the ABC reporter and he was told by the ABC reporter frankly they didn’t care what the facts were and they were going to do a hit piece and they actually literally didn’t care what the facts were.”

“A network who wants to do a hit piece will take what I said, twist it and decide to do with it what they want to because they get to edit it.  I didn’t get an offer from ABC to have an unedited sit down.  I didn’t get an offer to show exactly what I said,” Gingrich said.  “I had no reason to believe that a network that was out to do a hit piece would be in any way fair with anything I said to them.”

Gingrich also criticized NBC for reports from anonymous sources that his wife, Callista, was the catalyst for the massive departure of his campaign staff last week.

“NBC this morning in a program that had nobody on camera, nobody quoted by name that quoted a reporter talking anonymously about cowardly people who frankly lied about my wife, and I think NBC owes Callista an apology because the fact is my campaign is my campaign," the former House speaker said.  "Yes we make decisions as a couple but in the end I take full responsibility, and I think the program this morning was totally irresponsible and personally reprehensible and the kind of thing that makes it hard to get decent people to run for public office.”

In his harshest comments yet towards the staff that bolted from his campaign last week, Gingrich called the criticism of his wife “backstabbing” and accused the former staffers of not doing their jobs.

“These are supposed to be professionals who we were paying, who supposedly had some sense of confidentiality who promptly, frankly, did some backstabbing in a way that I just found amazing," he said.  "After all my years of public life, I don’t mind people attacking me; I’m a big guy I can take it.  But to go after anyone’s wife, I think is pretty despicable.”

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Gingrich Duo Racks Up Huge Bill at Tiffany's Jewelry

Jessica McGowan/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- ABC News has confirmed Newt and Callista Gingrich held up to half a million dollars in debt with Tiffany and Co., known for its high-end jewelry, in 2005 and 2006.

Financial disclosure reports filed with the Clerk of the House of Representatives for the calendar years 2005 and 2006 reveal Callista listed a “revolving charge account” with Tiffany and Co. with liabilities ranging in the amount of $250,001 to $500,000.

It is unclear whether the couple has paid off the debt to the pricey jewelry chain. Gingrich’s spokesman Rick Tyler declined to respond to the financial disclosures, telling ABC News in an email, “No Comment.”  Tiffany and Co. also did not immediately respond to multiple requests for comment.

A House Ethics Committee manual classifies credit cards as a type of “revolving charge account.”  Revolving charge accounts must be reported if their balance exceeds $10,000.  The Ethics Committee requires members, officers and certain employees of the House of Representatives to file annual financial disclosure forms.

Newt Gingrich, the former Speaker of the House from 1995-1999, retired from Congress in 1999, but his wife worked as the chief clerk for the House Committee on Agriculture until 2007. The couple was married in 2000 after the former Georgia lawmaker had already left the House.

Gingrich, 67, announced last week that he is officially seeking the Republican nomination for president in 2012.

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