Vice President Al Gore’s office objected strongly to House Speaker Newt Gingrich’s claims Thursday that his book deal was no different than Gore’s best-selling venture, “Earth in the Balance.”
“There are two major differences,” said Gore’s office.
First, then-Sen. Gore got clearance from the Senate Ethics Committee before making the book contract, Gore’s director of communications Lorraine Voles, said in a statement.
Second, the committee determined that the publishing company, Houghton Mifflin, had no congressional business pending with the senator or any committees upon which he served before giving its approval, she said.
At a news conference, Gingrich compared his book deal to that of Gore, who received a $100,000 advance for the book whose sales benefited greatly from his vice presidential candidacy.