Romney camp offers to connect Gingrich with donor network

Fox News has confirmed Newt Gingrich met with Romney campaign manager Matt Rhoades on Monday to talk about how the former House Speaker can assist as a surrogate and fundraiser for the presumptive Republican nominee.

At the meeting, the Romney campaign also offered to connect Gingrich with their network of donors as a way to help retire some of his campaign debts. The March FEC filing shows Gingrich holding $4.3 million in debts at the end of the month, although the campaign emphasizes that half a million has since been paid off and there is a plan in place to pay the rest.

“The Romney campaign will give us access to some of their networks but it will be our responsibility to raise the money,” said Gingrich spokesman R.C. Hammond. “While campaigning in support of Romney, the party, and congressional candidates, we will also hold separate events to raise money to pay off debts.”

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