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Gingrich Super PAC Raises $10,000 in Two Hours

Jessica McGowan/Getty Images(DENVER) -- While Newt Gingrich and other Republican presidential candidates were on stage debating in Michigan Wednesday night, “Time for Newt,” a super PAC spearheaded by Solutions 2012, launched in support of the Georgia Republican and raised $10,000 in the first two hours of being live.

A super PAC is a new form of a political action committee, but with fewer restrictions. People can give freely to the super PAC and the group can raise as much money as it wants. The only catch is it cannot have any connection to the candidate’s campaign or a political party.

The group’s founder and leader is Charlie Smith, 27, former chairman of the College Republican National Committee. He’s an Iowa native and law student at the University of Denver. He has always been a fan of Gingrich, but after seeing his performances in recent debates, he knew he was the candidate for the job this time.

Smith told ABC News the super PAC just got started a few days ago, and he reached out to conservatives who he knew would fund the website start-up.

The super PAC has filed with the Federal Election Commission, but the FEC says it can take up to two weeks for registration to be completed.

Smith won’t say how much the group has raised so far, but said there has been a steady flow of donors since the two-hour, $10,000 launch.

He says helping Gingrich from a distance can actually be more useful than helping from within the campaign in getting him elected president.

“The whole idea behind creating outside organizations is to give a voice to people who want to help a candidate they believe in; that’s what we’re doing,” Smith said.

As for now, Smith said to expect the super PAC’s resources to be spent in early primary and caucus states on TV, radio and mail advertisements to help get Gingrich the nomination.

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Protesters Stream Through DC to Protest Wisconsin GOP Fundraiser

BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Image(WASHINGTON) -- Taking the fight from the statehouse in Madison to the nation’s capital, protesters shut down major streets in downtown Washington, D.C. Wednesday afternoon as they marched to the White House in protest of a fundraiser for Wisconsin GOP legislators.

Nearly 300 protesters, including Wisconsinites and union members from elsewhere, took to the streets in opposition to a fundraiser hosted by BGR Group, a Washington, D.C. lobbying firm founded by Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour.

Organized by the Wisconsin Republican Party, the $1,000-a-head fundraiser was expected to draw 60 to 70 people from Wisconsin, including Wisconsin Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald and Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald.

Bob Wood, president of BGR Group, told ABC News the fundraiser was in the works for months and has been held annually for the past seven years.

But protester Jonathan Backer, from Kenosha, Wisconsin, saw the fundraiser as a political ploy to inject corporate power into government.

“It’s such a good representation of what’s wrong with our democracy right now.  There’s so much corporate power in our democracy where literally seconds after one of the worst anti-labor decisions that’s ever happened in the Midwest, you’ve got a big fundraiser going on here, right here in D.C.,” Backer told ABC News.  “What we’re doing here is all about trying to fight for unions so there is a way to combat this corporate power going on in democracy right now.”

The protesters created a traffic jam in downtown Washington, D.C. as they shut down streets while marching to the White House.

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