January 11th, 2008
04:10 PM ET
2 years ago

Top Giuliani staffers to go without pay

Top Giuliani staffers are going without a salary in January, CNN has learned.
Top Giuliani staffers are going without a salary in January, CNN has learned.

MYRTLE BEACH, South Carolina (CNN) - CNN has learned that top staff members of Rudy Giuliani's presidential campaign were asked to work without pay for the month of January, and perhaps longer, so that campaign resources could be focused on the Florida Republican presidential primary.

Two sources in the campaign, speaking on condition of anonymity, insisted the campaign was not in dire financial straits. A third campaign source, however, said "things are starting to get tight" and that "it was more telling than asking" the senior staff to forgo paychecks beginning the first of the year.

Another source disagreed, saying it was a "voluntary" move by senior staff members "so all of our resources could be targeted toward Florida...Our campaign is not living hand to mouth right now…"

The officials did not immediately provide a number of staffers who were subject to the new policy. Nor would campaign officials disclose the amount of money the campaign had in the bank.

UPDATE: The Giuliani campaign reports as of December 31 it has $12.7 million cash on hand, of which over $7 million can be used for the primary contests.

– CNN Chief National Correspondent John King


Filed under: Rudy Giuliani
soundoff (318 Responses)
  1. not a fan

    voters did not "love him"...recheck your polls.........and check the budget gaps he left. Bloomberg...and follow where the money went in corporate welfare

    he was a lame duck in search of a future....the rest of the counrty is now learning what we have known for a long long time.........

    How much money has he made off 9/11??????? Ask yourself the simple question.......without it where is he now and would you make a fortune off of the deaths of 3,000 people? If the answer is yes then Rudy is for you.

    Were we prepared under his watch.........NO.......it was mayhem in all agencies...... everything was made up as we went.......( I was directly involved in an emergency response position)......we got through in spite of him not because of him......

    Oh and the air at WTC was safe.........

    Stop believing the fairy tale

    January 12, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  2. xrazorbax

    LOL adolph gullyroni Ive been spending my own money to support Ron Paul,thats the diff in the ppl that support you.You pay them,we pay our own way to support the TRUE candidate that cares for us as a nation..You will never beat us because we know what is at stake.The ONLY way we will lose if there id fraud in the elections.And i would not put it past the corruption of evil to do this ,but we are in this till the end.There is no other choice ..GIVE ME LIBERTY OR GIVE ME DEATH!!
    silence of these actions would be consider un american..and i am an American ready to fight for my country

    January 12, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  3. xrazorbax

    Dont be fooled by the people in control ..the oil giants..there is enough oil in alsaka to last us 200 years just in one reserve..its all a scam

    January 12, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  4. David Blake

    So let me get this right. He is in Florida drumming up support, eating at the finest restraunts, drinking wine while his staffers are eating McDonalds and NOW have to pay for their own gas and hotel rooms and stuff? Way to go Rudy. Is this how you will run the government like Sadam with his 7 palaces with meals made every night at each palace while his country men was starving?

    January 12, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  5. Trillian

    I think it's time for Rudy to face the fact that he will not be able to take FL. His staffers are nuts for working without pay, but it's their choice.
    The constituion must be protected as well as our borders! Liberty 1st!

    Ron Paul 08

    January 12, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  6. Ncenigma

    Doesnt ANYONE remember on this lil blog we have here,..... how GOOD ole Rudy played right into the whole Bush agenda????? Rudy,...tried and tested,..as a previous person wrote,.... yes definatly tried and true!!!! Remember our last 2 terms of Presidency? If you can recall,... how Rudy was Bushs lil NYC backup? They both profited off of the 9-11 ordeal. THEY BOTH GOT SOMETHING from the victims of a horrible occasion,.... I quit listening to either one of them after that. So my opinion is still VERY clear as to what I felt was profiteering on the backs the dead.

    DOES ANYONE remember what happened there? The speeches of Mr. Rudy,..and Bush,....... the support for eachother and the use of a public outcry? Remember the endorsment of Rudy towards Bush for the second term???

    And you want to actually give credit to him as a choice for Presidential nomination??? Bush's third unnofficial term begins. Sigh,....... remember the past ladies n' gents,...remember the support between the two mentioned individuals. And think to yourself,....... Did rudy ride this one on the unfortunate? Or,....is he only a pawn to continue an agenda because law states only two terms are allowed in office.....

    If I didnt remember them being so buddy buddy,..... I might also,... think him capable of concideration. But,..... when the dust settled,...and the rescue workers got sick, I guess he was too busy with his future goals to just look after one cities worth, of civil employees. And now, they are dying and having to fight for their civil rights,...while he dumps them to run for President,....Rude,...wheres the loyalty???

    Really? Refer back to the clips from 911 in regards to Bush and Him,.... and tell me he's not a puppet?

    January 12, 2008 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  7. Jason Wilson

    Rudy should drop out and endorse Ron Paul.

    January 13, 2008 03:07 am at 3:07 am |
  8. montana

    may be he should sell his dresses.

    January 13, 2008 04:11 am at 4:11 am |
  9. Palo Alto, California

    Rudy's strategy is unconventional but I hope that it will work. I know that he's got my vote here in california. Why? he's the only candidate focusing on laying out all the changes/goals he has for this country covering economic, foreighn affairs, immigration and many other domestic policies. We need someone who is willing to burn the midnight candle to come up with real and good solutions for this country. While other candidates are depending on sound bites and likability....Rudy knows that this country is at a cross-road and americans can not live on sound bites and personalities alone. John Mccain is a good man but he has little economic, foreign relations and domestic experience. John will be good at setting the right battle strategy should we go into another war but Rudy is a well-rounded candidate who can bring this country out of recession and keep us strong to fight another day should we need to fight. The dems wants mccain to win the GOP primary because they know it will be easy for them to attack him for being top heavy in military with nothing else on economic and domestic policies. Wake up people...we need an academic and studious leader right now and Rudy is the right man to get this country back on track.

    January 13, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  10. Microserf

    Rudy and his campaign are a sham. He's running on empty and so are his policies. He's the genious who located the emergency center in the trade towers in spite of all recommendations to the contrary. I don't trust the guy nor his motives, and exploiting his 9/11 "fame" for political gains is outrageous. Look into Rudy, his statements and policies and you begin to see the real him and he ain't as heroic as he makes himself out to be.

    January 13, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  11. Adam, NC

    Rudy doesn't have a chance. Although, he is man enough to dress like a woman... maybe this is what America needs! Look up what firefighters think about Rudy. G O O G L E Stop Dreaming.

    January 13, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  12. Jessica N, Orlando FL

    Well we might as well stick Rudy with a fork 'cause he done!
    If you want my screen name, all you gotta do is ask. *looking for a lover*
    – Jess (is single!!!!!!!!!!!) =O

    January 13, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  13. Hannah, Montana

    Well we might as well stick Rudy with a fork 'cause he done!

    January 13, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  14. rich

    Good. He's going broke. Shouldn't be too many of his lame adverts on the television before the primary. I can't stand that guy.

    January 13, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  15. 3nity/Trinity

    KUDOS TO WHAT DUMBO SAID...RON PAUL '08...ENOUGH SAID!!!

    January 14, 2008 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  16. 3nity/Trinity on MI SPCE

    GRINS @ RICH'S COMMENT...AND SAYS "HI" TO JESSICA N IN O-TOWN...

    January 14, 2008 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  17. Michael

    Ron Paul supporters will have the last laugh at this cross-dressing giggling-like- a- schoolgirl freak.

    I wonder if he's embarrased about his losses to Ron Paul so far (after giggling at him during debates and sounding like a little girl); and embarrased about thinking that he could ever be president.

    If he were a normal man, he would be.

    January 18, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  18. mike

    Go Home Rudy! Your 911 platform for invading Iran fortunately is not taking root in this country. Thank God.

    RON PAUL 2008!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 24, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
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