LOS ANGELES -- Newt Gingrich raised $2 million over a three-day fundraising swing through California and laid a support foundation in a state that could become important in a protracted nominating contest, campaign officials said Thursday.
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"We're pretty pleased with this," said Mike Schroeder, Gingrich's California political director and a former chairman of California's Republican Party. "The thing of it is, this campaign has been up and down. We crested out of South Carolina and raised a lot of small-dollar Republican presidential candidate and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich tours the World Ag Expo on Tuesday, in Tulare, Calif. (Eric Paul Zamora - AP) donations. But then Santorum came in, and now we've got a headwind."
Gingrich attended at least eight fundraising events in Los Angeles, San Diego, Fresno and the Bay Area. He also hosted a telephone town hall that attracted more than 17,000 listeners with just
90 minutes notice, Schroeder said.
The former House speaker held limited public events on a trip that was focused heavily on raising money; he spoke to a Latino group in Pasadena on Monday, a group of Korean journalists in Los Angeles on Thursday, and was scheduled to discuss foreign policy with a specific focus on Iran in an address to a Jewish group over lunch later in the day.
Gingrich said he leaves California later Thursday for a swing through his home state of Georgia "with affection, votes, fond memories and money. All of those things are coming together."
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Gingrich to get another $10 million from casino backer - By Laura Strickler
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Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich's faltering campaign is about to get another shot in the arm, CBS News has learned.
Billionaire casino magnate Sheldon Adelson plans to give another $10 million to the outside group backing the former Georgia lawmaker who is running behind former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum in the race for the Republican presidential nomination, a source close to Adelson told CBS News.
Adleson and his family have already given $11 million to "Winning our Future," the super PAC backing Gingrich. The group, which bombarded the airwaves in South Carolina last month ahead of the primary there, is largely credited with helping Gingrich win in the Palmetto state.
The latest $10 million cash injection would raise the Adelson family's contribution to $21 million, and a different source close to Adelson said he is prepared to drop another $4 million for a total of $25 million. The Huffington Post calculated that the billionaire casino owner earns about $3.3 million an hour.
The donation is expected to arrive at "Winning Our Future" within days, the source said, but still too late to make deadline for the scheduled release of donations on February 20th. The donation details are expected to be revealed in the March 20th filing with the Federal Election Commission.
Adelson has previously indicated his support for Gingrich is based on their shared commitment to Israel. But the billionaire has also indicated that despite his ongoing support for Gingrich, he will maintain a commitment to whoever becomes the Republican nominee.
A "Winning Our Future" spokesman declined comment.