GOPAC, Gingrich Cleared

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WASHINGTON, D.C.: In a major victory for Newt Gingrich, U.S. District Court Judge Louis F. Oberdorfer dismissed the government's case against GOPAC, the House Speaker's political action committee. The Federal Elections Commission case against GOPAC alleged that the organization had violated federal election law by actively participating in congressional campaigns in 1989 and 1990. GOPAC contends it only supported state and local races, which are outside the realm of financial disclosures. Oberdorfer agreed, ruling that "GOPAC did not make any direct contribution to any particular federal candidate." Concerning the allegation that Gingrich improperly received $250,000 in support from his PAC in 1990, the judge ruled that "there is no admissible material evidence" that GOPAC funds were used for Gingrich's reelection campaign. A separate House ethics complaint, filed by Minority Whip David Bonior, alleging that Gingrich received improper help from GOPAC, is still pending. "The facts speak for themselves" Gingrich said in a press conference. "This is a good day for the American people and the political process."