Newt Gingrich’s Campaign Finance Team Quits

Jun 21, 2011 12:56pm

ABC News’ Arlette Saenz (@ArletteSaenz) reports:

In the latest round of campaign defections, two top fundraisers for Newt Gingrich’s presidential campaign have quit.

Fundraising director Jody Thomas and fundraising consultant Mary Heitman quit the Gingrich campaign on Monday.  R.C. Hammond, press secretary for the Gingrich campaign, told ABC News the split was “amicable.”

Christine Hall, who has worked for Gingrich’s organization American Solutions for the past five years, is the new finance director for the campaign.  Hammond said there half a dozen staffers focusing on fundraising strategies. 

“We’re dialing for dollars. We’re calling and talking to people.  We’re meeting them in person. We’re raising our money one person at a time,” Hammond said.

“Fundraising’s a challenge.  We don’t expect to blow anybody’s doors off with our fundraising reports but what we will have is the resources we need to run the campaign Newt’s setting out to run.”

These resignations come two weeks after sixteen senior staffers left the campaign en masse due to “strategic differences.”

Gingrich’s next scheduled event is a screening of his documentary “A City Upon a Hill” in Savannah, Ga.  Tomorrow morning, Gingrich will call for an audit of the Federal Reserve at a breakfast at the Atlanta Press Club.

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