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Gingrich Finance Staff Quits

4:39 PM, Jun 21, 2011 • By MICHAEL WARREN
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Two of Newt Gingrich's top fundraising staff members have quit his campaign, the Associated Press reports:

The departures of fundraising director Jody Thomas and fundraising consultant Mary Heitman were the latest blow for the former House speaker who watched 16 top advisers abandon his campaign en masse earlier this month, partly because of what people familiar with the campaign spending described as a dire financial situation.

These people, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the campaign inner workings, said the former Georgia lawmaker racked up massive travel bills but money had only trickled in since he got into the race earlier this spring.

These officials said that he is at least $1 million in debt. The current fundraising quarter ends June 30, and Gingrich will have to disclose his campaign finances by July 15. He is personally wealthy and could fund his campaign out of his own pocket, at least in the short term, to keep his campaign afloat.

The 16 advisers who left the campaign earlier this month departed over disagreements the direction of Gingrich's campaign. Gingrich has vowed to continue his run for the GOP nomination.

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