Super-PAC Beneficiary Gingrich Laments Super-PAC Influence

Newt Gingrich, whose quest for the Republican presidential nomination was kept on life support for months by a super-PAC, said in a television interview today that super-PACs are bad for politics.

The onslaught from Mitt Romney and Barack Obama, their super-PACs, and conservative and liberal groups is “going to be a mess, and people are going to be sick of it, and it’s really unfortunate,” Gingrich said in an interview on  MSNBC’s Morning Joe. “It’s not the way a great nation should govern itself.”

That’s an odd sentiment from someone who has a super-PAC to thank for his ability to remain in the race after initial losses in Iowa and New Hampshire.

Winning Our Future spent more than $17 million to support Gingrich and attack his opponents, now-presumptive nominee Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum, according to the Washington-based Center for Responsive Politics. Its big ad buys in South Carolina — where the super-PAC purchased more TV air time than the candidate himself — helped him win that state Jan. 21 and prolong his viability.

When he dropped out of the race May 2, Gingrich thanked the Las Vegas casino billionaire who gave more than $20 million to the super-PAC. Sheldon Adelson “single-handedly came pretty close to matching Romney’s super-PAC,” Gingrich said.

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