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A report by the liberal Mother Jones accuses Newt Gingrich, co-host for CNN's "Crossfire," of violating ethics issues at CNN by failing to give on-air disclosures of ties he has to a Super PAC that has donated to Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.).
From the also-liberal Media Matters, which subsequently picked up on the report:
CNN executive Rick Davis previously told Media Matters that if Gingrich, who serves as honorary co-chair for the American Legacy PAC, "is helping fund a candidate and that candidate's on the show, or being discussed on the show, of course he'll disclose that. Disclosure is important when it's relevant." However, Gingrich has violated those standards since his first day of hosting.
Rand was a guest on "Crossfire's" debut episode earlier this month and on Tuesday, Gingrich discussed Cruz's now-famous 21-hour Senate speech. Both occasions would require Gingrich to disclose his ties to the Super PAC, in accordance with what Rick Davis originally told Media Matters.
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