Pro-Gingrich Super-PAC Head Still ‘Winning’

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Former House speaker Newt Gingrich speaks during press conference in Arlington, Virginia, on May 2, 2012.

Three days after Election Day, Rebecca Burkett collected her 14th paycheck from Winning Our Future, a Federal Election Commission report filed today show.

No matter that the super-political action committee’s preferred presidential candidate had dropped out some six months earlier.

Newt Gingrich’s departure hasn’t slowed Burkett’s compensation. As Bloomberg News reported this week, political consultants continue to profit from super-PACs. Burkett has now made $500,000 as founder and chief fundraiser for Winning Our Future, about half of which she paid herself after Gingrich quit the race.

“We continued to take calls from lots of people who were upset that he got out, we continued to monitor the presidential race,” Burkett said in an interview. “There was lots to do.”

The super-PAC had $84,000 cash on hand as of Nov. 26, the new FEC report shows. More than 80 percent of its money came from Sheldon Adelson, a Las Vegas casino billionaire.

Also still on Winning Our Future’s payroll last month was Gregg Phillips, an Austin, Texas-based consultant whom Burkett said would be steering the super-PAC into its future mission, which she said is to be determined.

Phillips was paid $20,000 in November — plus $13,593.48 for travel.

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