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January 23, 2012

Newt Gingrich gets boost from Jerry Falwell in Florida

A 30-second spot of the Republican presidential hopeful extolling the benefits of the Falwell-founded Liberty University is airing -- at least in the Orlando market.

The New York Times noted -- when the spot was played in Iowa -- that Liberty, a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization, is prohibited by law from participating in campaign activities on behalf of any candidate. 

Liberty told the TImes the commercial was not meant to be an endorsement and that it had been running in markets since it was filmed in October 2010.

"Liberty University has a rotation of ads in its national advertising campaign and it adjusts the mix from time to time," it told the Times.


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