As Trump Settled University Lawsuit, Top Trump Adviser Newt Gingrich Coached For-Profit College Lobbyists

On the same day news broke that President-elect Donald Trump had agreed to pay a $25 million settlement resulting from fraud cases related to Trump University, top adviser Newt Gingrich was giving lobbying advice at a Dallas event hosted by the lobbying group representing America’s for-profit college industry. One day earlier, on November 17, Trump had released a new ethics pledge for members of his transition team, ostensibly intended to limit the role of lobbyists. (It doesn’t really.) Gingrich, the former GOP House speaker, is a vice-chair of the transition team and has said he intends to be President Trump’s “general planner.” But on that Friday, there he was in Dallas, speaking at an event hosted by the Career Education Colleges and Universities (CECU), the leading trade association group representing for-profit colleges. CECU, which was until recently known as Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities (APSCU), is known for having gone to war with the Obama administration over its attempt to regulate the vast flow of federal money that goes to for-profit colleges. In that lobbying war, it tapped many former lawmakers, including former Republican Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott. The...

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