Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich carried a revolving charge account between $250,001 and $500,000 in 2005 and 2006 for the Tiffany & Co. jewelry store when his wife worked as a congressional staffer, according to public records.
The liability was reported in Callista Gingrich's financial disclosure forms filed in 2006 and 2007 for her work done in the previous year. Her job on the House Agriculture Committee ended on Jan. 1, 2007. As a congressional employee, Callista Gingrich was required each year to file such a form for her work the preceding year.
Liabilities over $10,000 to any one creditor by the employee or their spouse during employment must be reported if the balance exceeded $10,000 at the end of the year. In this case, the Tiffany's liability was listed on the form as her husband's.
Gingrich resigned as speaker in 1999 and was not required to file ethics paperwork as a private citizen.
Since he filed last week as a presidential candidate, he will have to submit his own disclosure form within 30 days.
In her 2007 form, Gingrich's wife reported the couple had assets totaling between $1.1 million and $2.7 million.
Newt Gingrich's spokesman did not respond to a request for comment regarding whether the charge account has been paid off.
Though the reports have been publicly available for years, Politico was the first to discover and report the existence of the Tiffany's liability.