I have to admit, I didn’t remember.
In the era of “Get Newt”, the Democrats filed 84 charges against Newt, as well as chages from the FEC – alleging that Newt’s PAC did things improper. All the charges were dropped, and the FEC case thrown out by the Federal Judge.
The Ethics Committee still insisted that Newt did something wrong by giving answers to their questions which caused the investigation (which resulted in no charges that stuck) to take longer than it had to in order to find him innocent on all charges.
So he agreed to pay $300,000 to make the thing go away – repaying the House for their legal expenses in their futile attempt to “get Newt”.
And if you can even explain what the problem was with the original charges, you’re a better nitpicker than me.