Newt Gingrich: Professor of History, Student of Porn?

It was an innocent mistake, says the spokesman for Newt Gingrich’s American Solutions think tank. An accident.

Whatever. All I know is that the naming of a porn executive as “Entrepreneur of the Year” by the former House Speaker’s organization has provided a few laughs around the Internet today and should be mentioned tonight during late-night talk-show monologues.

Here’s what happened, as reported by Talking Points Memo‘s Rachel Slajda:

Newt Gingrich’s 527 group sent a letter to porn exec Allison Vivas Wednesday telling her she’d won their “Entrepreneur of the Year” award and inviting her to an “intimate event” with Gingrich.

“I’m honored, and more than a little surprised, to receive this prestigious award,” Vivas said today in a cheeky press release. “Rest assured, I’ll take the opportunity to inform Mr. Gingrich of some of the major challenges facing the adult entertainment industry in the current market .., from obscenity prosecutions to content piracy, I’ll make sure he walks away from that dinner educated about the realities of the online porn market.”

Sadly, watchdog website Media Matters reported that American Solutions spokesman Dan Kitman issued a brief statement rescinding the award to the president of Pink Visual: “We have notified Allison Vivas that the notice she received was sent by mistake. We regret the error.”

Meanwhile, WebNewser has learned that Allison’s seat at the dinner will be taken by Jenna Jameson. Just kidding.

All joking aside, Vivas demonstrates on the Pink Visual home page that, like all great entrepreneurs, she knows how to seize an opportunity:

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Now that’s a pro.