Gingrich, Lobbying and the Mortgage Industry

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Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich speaks during a rally, Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Stephen Morton)

Hour 1

Newt Gingrich is the new Republican primary frontrunner. The latest polls put him just above Mitt Romney. Even the controversy around the big consulting fee he received from Freddie Mac, an organization he has been critical of, hasn’t seemed to dent his popularity.  But can he sustain it?  This hour, we’ll talk about Newt Gingrich’s rise to the top of the GOP field and his connection to mortgage giant Freddie Mac. We’ll also look more closely at what constitutes lobbying in Washington.  And we’ll get some background on the history of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and their connection to the financial crisis.   Are guests are MATTHEW COOPER, Editor of the National Journal Daily, BILL ALLISON, editorial director of the Sunlight Foundation, and GUY CECALA, CEO and Publisher of Inside Mortgage Finance.

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