Newt Gingrich has emerged as one of Donald Trump’s strongest surrogates during the presidential election. Gingrich has often spoken dismissively of Republican Party leaders wary of Trump. When asked why the GOP establishment is bristling at the prospect of a Trump ticket, the former Speaker of the House told Fox News that it’s “because he’s an outsider, he’s not them, he’s not part of the club.”
Gingrich’s disdain for his party’s leadership makes him a fitting Vice Presidential pick for Trump, who has become the ultimate embodiment of anti-establishment feelings within the Republican Party base. But though Gingrich’s rhetoric rails against the establishment, his campaign contributions tell a different story.
We looked at how much money the potential Republican VP candidates have received over their political careers from Washington, D.C. -- Ground Zero for the GOP establishment. Newt Gingrich has received a bigger proportion of his campaign contributions from Washington, D.C. than any other potential VP pick on the GOP side.
Newt Gingrich received 11% of his total campaign contributions from individuals and organizations in Washington, D.C. In contrast, other prominent Trump supporters -- Sarah Palin and Chris Christie -- have received less than 1% of their donations from the capital.
Trump could actually stand to benefit from Gingrich's ability to appeal to both factions of the party. Gingrich could amplify Trump's anti-establishment message while also providing substantial political experience and D.C. insider credibility to unify Republican support.