A political action committee opposing Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich just bought $3.6 million in Florida TV advertisements, according to the New York Times, and it appears the best response Gingrich can muster is something along the lines of, "Hey guys, knock it off. That's not nice."
Gingrich's lawyers sent letters to dozens of television stations in primary states, threatening legal action if they aired the ads, according to Politico. They wrote to the stations that "any statement or suggestion of a 'fine' is false. Even a cursory review of either the Report itself or the Congressional Record ... undeniably establish the falsity of this statement."
Under the Rules of the Committee, a reprimand is the appropriate sanction for a serious violation of House Rules and a censure is appropriate for a more serious violation of House Rules. ... It was the opinion of the Subcommittee that this matter fell somewhere in between. Accordingly, the Subcommittee and the Special Counsel recommend that the appropriate sanction should be a reprimand and a payment reimbursing the House for some of the costs of the investigation in the amount of $300,000. Mr. Gingrich has agreed that this is the appropriate sanction in this matter.
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