For Immediate Release: For More Information Contact:
March 29, 1996 Gary Ruskin (202) 296-2787
Statement of Gary Ruskin on the Ethics Committee Decision in the Gingrich Case
Once again, the House Ethics Committee has agreed with us that House Speaker Newt Gingrich
broke House Rules. And once again, the House Ethics Committee failed even to slap Speaker
Gingrich on the wrist for his pattern of wrongdoing.
Speaker Gingrich was wrong to allow a big campaign contributor to work as an insider in his
office. It's like selling a staff position to the highest bidder. The American people are tired of
watching how special interest lobbyists and big contributors get big special favors from this
On December 6, 1995, the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct wrote to Speaker
Gingrich regarding our ethics complaint:
"In reference to the complaint filed by Representative George Miller on February 13, 1995, the
Committee has found that your use of Mr. Joseph Gaylord was in violation of House Rule 45,
which prohibits the use of unofficial resources for official purposes."
This is now the second time that the House Ethics Committee has found Gingrich in violation of
House Rule 45.