The AP says that Newt’s Center for Health Transformation is a front for companies that want him to promote their points of view and that he’s doing it for the money. Well first this is not exactly news–and Newt has had his ethical issues over the years.
But for some time I’ve been wondering exactly what paying Newt 200K a year gets Sutter et al.. But I think I know the answer and it’s not that he mentions nice things about his members in op-eds or generally promotes things in public that might help them, nor is it that his group is delivering completely compelling research. At least if it is, it doesn’t come up much in his speeches. Maybe ol’ Newt just still have a little pull as a non-official lobbyist, per chance? Although a little less so since last November.