Moving to meet new political and regulatory challenges, Freddie Mac has hired Newt Gingrich, the controversial former speaker of the House, as a consultant.

Mr. Gingrich and his consulting firm, Gingrich Group, with offices in Atlanta and Washington, began working for Freddie in May "to provide strategic counsel on a range of issues that we're facing related to policy and the industry," a Freddie spokeswoman said. Mr. Gingrich, who is forbidden to lobby his former colleagues in the House until next January, was not available for comment.

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