As Goes Newt, So Goes Gopac

When the speaker rode high, so did the PAC. But now...

House Speaker Newt Gingrich's future may be under a cloud, but GOPAC, the political action committee at the center of his ethics woes, isn't running for cover. GOPAC Chairman Gay Hart Gaines sat with Gingrich's family in the House gallery on Jan. 7 as Republicans reelected the speaker to a second term. And GOP fund-raisers predict Democratic attacks on Gingrich will spur GOPAC's donors to rally around their embattled leader. "When you're under attack, you fight back even harder," says Terry J. Kohler, president of Windway Capital Corp. in Sheboygan, Wis., a top GOPAC donor.

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