Gingrich Honors Porno Site with ‘Well Deserved’ ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ Award

September 12, 2009

(ChattahBox)—Newt Gingrich, the disgraced former Republican Speaker of the House, now travels the country speaking before conservative groups about family values using his front group, American Solutions for Winning the Future (ASWF), to solicit donations and form a coalition of supporters he can add to his email lists.

Gingrich’s group is in the habit of giving out fake awards to small business owners to garner their support and recently honored a San Francisco, CA based porno superstore site with a 2009 Entrepreneur of the Year award.

The company, *Pink Visual, operates an online porn site that produces and sells adult DVDs and sex toys. Pink Visual offers its customers an “instant gratification’ service where they can purchase porn scenes by the minute. Some of the most watched pay-per-minute titles are, “Orgy at the Villa” and “Bisexual Clinic.”

Allison Vivas of Pink Visual received a fax from Gingrich’s group informing her that his Business Defense and Advisory Council chose her for a 2009 Entrepreneur of the Year award. The award letter, obtained by ThinkProgress invites Alison Vivas to dine with Newt Gingrich at a “private dinner […] at the historic Capitol Hill Club on the evening of October 7, 2009 in Washington.”

The letter goes on to cite Allison Vivas for her efforts “to create jobs and stimulate the economy.” Gingrich aide Joe Gaylord, who sent the fax to Pink Visual did not offer an explanation, but ASWF called the company yesterday to retract the award saying, it was “inadvertently” sent.

Vivas was disappointed in not receiving the award for the “…excellent work of a porn company entrepreneur” that obviously was retracted “in light of their own conservative political and social orientation.”

Other small business owners have received the fake awards in the past and recounted that when they showed up at the award dinner, dozens of other business owners were in attendance and ASWF staff were anxious to tape their “video testimonies” to be used in future ASWF campaigns.

ThinkProgress has more on Newt Gingrich’s fake awards sham.

* Correction: The company described in the article was that of a similarly named company, Pink Visual Superstore. The company Pink Visual, which received the award from Gingrich, can be found here. Pink Visual does not sell sex toys, offer minute downloads or offer the titles mentioned.


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