By KENDRA MARR
Newt Gingrich earned more than $300,000 consulting to a major ethanol lobbying group in 2009, according to the Center for Public Integrity.
IRS filings show that Growth Energy, a coalition of ethanol producers, paid Gingrich’s consulting firm $312,500 – one of the group’s largest single expenditures that year. But a Growth Energy spokesman told the Center that Gingrich was not hired again in 2010. (The group’s IRS report for 2010 isn’t available.)
Earlier this year, Gingrich brawled with the Wall Street Journal after giving a speech supporting ethanol subsidies in Iowa. The Journal’s conservative editorial board said that Gingrich’s “ethanol lobbying raises larger questions about his convictions and judgment.”
Gingrich responded: “I am not a lobbyist for ethanol.”