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

Top Giuliani staffers to go without pay

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.l.cnn.net/cnn/2008/images/01/11/art.giulianistaff.ap.jpg caption="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. Alvin12

    Don't worry Rudy, Sean Hannity and Rush Lumbaugh will bankroll you LMAO.

    January 11, 2008 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  2. Tom H.

    The only one that can take this country back for the People, is Ron Paul! He is awesome, and it is hard to believe someone like him is still in politics any longer, and hasn't given up in disgust. It is a real credit to his tenacity, that he is still in there fighting. All true freedom loving people owe it to themselves and their families to support Ron. Now that the RNC see that there are a lot of people getting behind Ron Paul, they light a fire under Thompson's butt to get him to parrot some of the things Ron has been saying loud and clear for the whole campaign. Well, at least we found out that Thompson hasn't been laid out at the mortuary for the past three months.

    January 11, 2008 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  3. one minute til midnight

    The only choices I have are socialists or neo-cons who are really socialists all of whom are warmongers? 4000 soldiers dead and tens of thousands of soldiers horribly maimed and for what? Please, no bs about how this is protecting us from terrorism when our southern border is wide open for any criminal to just walk in and blow up whom they wish. Just do these three things: read George Orwell's "1984", read the Constitution and look at Ron Paul's voting record. At that point you will know who to vote for and perhaps even campaign for.

    January 11, 2008 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  4. carl lee

    giuliani 9/11 hero. i guess the firemen and policemen only made one visit to ground zero.

    January 11, 2008 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  5. David, Oregon City

    Can John McCain pull conservatives together with his prior liberal voting record? Not a chance!

    Can Fred Thompson pull conservatives together with his prior record absent of designing and improving programs and systems that improved the every day lives of all Americans? No way!

    Can Mitt Romney buy the White House? Maybe!

    Avoid the elite media’s “Rush”, study Mike Huckabee’s real record, and support “Huck” early!

    January 11, 2008 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  6. Tatty Alan

    My Brother volunteers for Rudy, he told me that the top staffers offered to go without pay voluntarily.

    January 11, 2008 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  7. PW Va

    What a sleaze bucket!!! But I have to also wonder about those staffers who are willing to go along with Rudy's shenanigans. Even Jay Leno and David Letterman paid their striking workers during the holiday. Again, I say...what a sleaze bucket!!!

    January 12, 2008 12:37 am at 12:37 am |
  8. Steve

    Rudy is finished after Florida. Flip romney has the cash to continue. McCain doesn't have it. The Huckster doesn't have much cash either and will not attract the voters outside of the Evangelicals, so he can forget about the vote from the north. I have backed and will continue to back the only true conservative in the race, Ron Paul. As an added benefit, should he win, he's a strict constitutionalist. That's good news for the freedom of all in America. If he loses, it'll probably end up a brokered convention, which is what I really look forward to because all we have this time through is a bunch of talking heads spouting the same garbage that got this country into the mess it's in now. I've been a republican for 30 years, and a proud one for all but the last 7. I want the party to get back to its roots.

    January 12, 2008 12:40 am at 12:40 am |
  9. Wilhemina

    Rudy is another Scandalgate figure,the silver lining is that he will not be running for President again, this is the end of that "gravy train". 🙂

    January 12, 2008 12:42 am at 12:42 am |
  10. Wilhemina

    The "Times Newspaper" in London, England has an article on Hillary's thinking, it refers to her statement about the Civil Rights Act only happening because a President LBJ was able to push it through to pass; therefore, with Hillary's thinking Nelson Mandela wouldn't have gotten anywhere without FW de Klerk, India owes its' independence to Ernest Bevin, not Ghandi, and of course AMERICA is free today thanks largely to the politically experienced Lord Shelborne, rather than dreamers like George Washington and his friends. The reply to this article was that it is better to have the "dreamer" than someone who goes along with the status quo!

    January 12, 2008 12:43 am at 12:43 am |
  11. Adam

    Giuliani is a scumbag.

    January 12, 2008 01:05 am at 1:05 am |
  12. Frank D

    Rudy will need some WMD to pull through this primary

    January 12, 2008 01:08 am at 1:08 am |
  13. David Bernal

    Read www. Therealrudy.org

    January 12, 2008 01:31 am at 1:31 am |
  14. David Bernal


    January 12, 2008 01:32 am at 1:32 am |
  15. Richard, West Palm Beach, FL

    First, Giuliani announces his plan to counter a 50% increase in our national debt (with the help of Bush's tax cuts) by giving the largest tax cuts in history. Later the same day, he also announces that he has so badly mishandled his campaign funds that he can't afford to pay his helpers even though this is only the FIRST state he has campaigned in (according to him). Apparently, he is trying to make Bush look better before he goes.

    January 12, 2008 01:32 am at 1:32 am |
  16. Craigotron

    Welcome to the ranks of the campaign volunteers, Giuliani staffers

    Don't worry, ladies and gents of the Rudy campaign. Volunteering your time is not so bad. I'm happily donating mine for Ron Paul.

    January 12, 2008 01:52 am at 1:52 am |
  17. Sophie

    Free labor is sooooooo 1800's

    Obama '08

    January 12, 2008 02:25 am at 2:25 am |
  18. sabrina

    It's nearing the end of the line for Rudy. Thank goodness, because who wants a home-wrecker as our First Lady.

    January 12, 2008 02:39 am at 2:39 am |
  19. sabrina

    It's truly disgusting how he exploits 9/11.
    Please go away Rudy.

    January 12, 2008 02:48 am at 2:48 am |
  20. Kevin, Landover, MD

    You don’t get what’s going on? Giuliani was Never meant to be a serious Candidate. He was only in to make it appear that he was up against Hillary Clinton, he was to run a failed attempt and then lose to Hillary or drop out. Like he did in the Senate race against Hillary in NY. Giuliani is only there to keep any serious republican Candidates from entering for fear it is a Giuliani Hillary match up. Remember how the Media was doing it’s part in shoving that down our throats.

    Their problem now is that a REAL candidate has come forward; Democrat Barack Obama. Now they will go into stealing mode (case in point NH mysterious votes for Hillary)

    January 12, 2008 02:48 am at 2:48 am |
  21. siramelek

    this country is finished......the government is illegitimate and hostile.....the "elections" are a hegelian dialectic for goyish consumption.....the former america has been ruined by the same scum of odessa and krakow that ruined russia and germany before they slithered over here.

    January 12, 2008 03:10 am at 3:10 am |
  22. Mark S

    Here is some TRUTH

    Rudy claims that he is focusing on Florida. He had more campaign stops in New Hampshire than ANY OTHER CANDIDATE, and only Romeny spent more MONEY than he did there.

    Also, he had more stops in IOWA than any other candidate!

    He CLAIMS that he is focusing on Florida. Friends... he is DONE. Horrible numbers in Iowa, Wyoming, and just barely... BARELY beat Dr. Paul in New Hampshire (by the way the recount starts on the 16th).

    Rudy is done. Plain and simple.

    January 12, 2008 04:29 am at 4:29 am |
  23. duh

    Why would this country elect a man who spent years in bed with the New York mob.

    January 12, 2008 05:33 am at 5:33 am |
  24. Carl S

    "Bush: Dictator lite.
    Rudy: Dictator. That sound you hear, it's the shredding of the constitution."

    The only one in the race that would truly uphold the constitution is Dr. Ron Paul.

    He would not start wars we don't need.
    He would end the war on on our pocket books called inflation.
    Taxes woudl be gone, and people could get back to a limited form of government.

    I go with Ron Paul in 2008 – All the way to convention and the White House.

    January 12, 2008 05:43 am at 5:43 am |
  25. Mister G

    Can we all agree to stop posting the "Ron Paul is the true answer" comments at this point?

    His performance Thursday night left much to be desired, particularly his response concerning the recent Iranian fast boat escapades agains a U.S. Naval warship. The guy's an embarrassment and his supporters need to realize that.....

    January 12, 2008 07:27 am at 7:27 am |
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