Eighty-four ethics charges were filed against Gingrich during his term as Speaker. All were eventually dropped except for onethe ethics panel "finding that Gingrich repeatedly violated one rule by using a political consultant to develop the Republican legislative agenda"; that is, claiming tax-exempt status for a college course run for political purposes. The panel, however, decided to take no further action because there was no evidence that Rule 45 violations persisted in the speaker's office. Instead, the House officially reprimanded Gingrich (in a vote of 395 in favor, 28 opposed) and "ordered [him] to reimburse the House for some of the costs of the investigation in the amount of $300,000". It was the first time a Speaker was disciplined for an ethics violation.
Additionally, the House Ethics Committee concluded that inaccurate information supplied to investigators represented "intentional or ... reckless" disregard of House rules.The Ethics Committee's Special Coun