Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich on Thursday established a website to raise money that will allow him to test a campaign for the Republican presidential nomination.
The step announced by Gingrich during an appearance in Atlanta is his first formal move toward a 2012 campaign and marks the first such move by the better-known GOP prospects weighing White House campaigns.
The reason he is doing this is standard Newt. He also runs about 12 other “Gingrich Brand” companies. One of them is in the class of 527’s that run “issue ads”. They don’t have to disclose donors and there are no limits on contributions. They’ve got about $28,000,000 in the bank. His “official” campaign, has about $1,000,000. By using this “exploratory” b.s., he can skirt the rules for a while and hedge bets and all that.
BTW, he’s running, and is going to be ugly. When there’s three, stereotypical, fat, white, rich guys running, it’s going to be hard to keep them apart (Newt, Haley, Christie). Hmm, they all have gener-ambiguous names too. Funny, that.