Gingrich says firm took funds
Asserts he didn’t pocket payment from Freddie Mac
Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich, surging in recent polls, tonight distanced himself from payments that his consulting firm collected from Freddie Mac, which he has blasted on the campaign trail for its role in the national housing crisis. “I didn’t take it,’’ Gingrich said after an event at Harvard University when asked about reports that he collected nearly $2 million from the agency. He said the funds were paid to the Gingrich Group, his healthcare consulting firm.