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
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  1. Christian

    I was a Rudy Supporter until I noticed that he has not been in the first two elections.... Also, My BIGGEST Issues is Boarder Control and Immigration.

    After listenting to the last few weeks of debates.... my money is now on Mitt Romney... out of all of them, he will DO SOMETHING FAST about this big issues.

    The money these illigal immigrates are costing the health care industry is un-imaganable... I know, I am a nurse.
    Not only Health Care... but the community Education Systems.... and the many other govt sponsored programs.

    The madness must stop. Rudy and McCain are SOFT of immigration.
    Mitt Romnehy is the TRUE Leaser here.

    Mitt currently has the most delegates regardless of who has won what.... Mitt is my man.

    January 12, 2008 07:47 am at 7:47 am |
  2. Louis

    Rudy can't manage a household and now shows he cannot manage a campaign staff. Even Obama in his Blue Sky World of Politics know that "Money Talks". The country is seeing the real Rudy that New York'ers had to put up with, one disappointment after another, while spouting off while living off past laurels.

    He is proving to be such a waste of time.

    January 12, 2008 08:08 am at 8:08 am |
  3. Mike H

    I am a Brit following the presidential race. To me, the only person speaking honestly and truthfully is Ron Paul. His message is based on fact. Gulliani is a joke and his answer to ALL questions is 911. Given that he himself is a criminal for his scoop and dump policy and the destruction of the 911 crime scene he should be in jail. He also wants to attack Iran.

    Obama is a desginer candidate. He is all image and no real substance. All of this policies and agendas are given to him by his handlers.

    Hilary is a war monger and she will keep the US and UK in Iraq for decades. She will attack Iran and her foreign policy will be the same as Bushs now.

    The Global War on Terror (GWOT) is nothing but a big joke. All major terrorist attacks are run and controlled by a rogue element in the goverments of the western world. 911 was run under the cover of 20+ military drills envisaging planes crashing into buildings. 7-7 in London was run under the cover of drills, envisaging bombs going off at the very same locations that they did. All secuiry cameras on the underground were "off". Madrid, Spain, was run by secret police and police informants, (you can see this reported even on the BBC!). There is a new documentary released called "Fool me twice" which debunks the Bali bombings.

    You in the US has one of the most beautiful documents the world has ever known, the Declaration of independance. These terrorist actions are desinged to dilute the declaration and to slowly move you into bondage. It is the agenda of the Orligarchy to take away your freedoms and wealth and they are using terrorism as the way to do this. It is happening in the UK and the whole western world. Dont let this happen to the US because once the US falls, the rest will follow. Support Ron Paul and his message because radical policy and agenda changes are the only way to fix his problem.

    RON PAUL

    January 12, 2008 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  4. SPQR753

    The entire Giuliani campaign seems to be based on 9/11 and the phoniness of that claim is proven by Giuliani's abysmal showing so far. No wonder the campaign' s war chest can't afford to pay top staff members.

    As for the strategy of concentrating on big states, voters will remember that:

    Locating the emergency response team office at the World Trade Center (knowing there had been already a bombing attack) was NOT SMART.

    Knowing that Police and Firefighters radios can't communicate with each other and doing nothing about was NOT SMART!

    Being invited to participate to the 9/11 Commission without participating because of other commitments (giving speeches at $100,000) was NOT SMART.

    Trying to move his, then, mistress at the official mansion, while his legal family lived there was NOT SMART.

    Shall I go on and on and on?

    SPQR753

    January 12, 2008 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  5. David Trutbec

    Rudy Giuliani mysteriously moved his emergency command center out of building 7 at the World Trade Center a few days before 9/11. Then there is video of him saying the buildings might be coming down before they illogically did. Then he goes around the world and makes 16 million dollars lecturing on 9/11. Enough 9/11 Rudy! Your involvement runs both ways, or it would appear so to me.

    January 12, 2008 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  6. Robert H

    If Mr Giuliani cannot properly run his current campaign how can he possibly think he can run America. I guess he will simply raise our taxes to cover his mismanagement too. Our maybe he will play his shell game and try to hide true cost by dispersing cost across multiple departments. Give me a break…
    Rudy—Go home.

    A fellow Republicsn

    January 12, 2008 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  7. ladyluck

    So what if they work for free, so do plenty of the Clinton advisors,etc. More power to Giuliani if his staff is so loyal. Wish that our media felt some loyalty to America and not only to the Democratic Party.

    BTW, just saw that Hillary’s advisor ,Sid Blumenthal, was arrested in NH for drunk drinking. This can only go downhill with the Clinton crew. Remember DeeDee Myers ?? and Sandy Burglar?? Add Sid now.

    January 12, 2008 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  8. Glen

    After Rudy loses Florida....his slogan will read:

    Rudy Bested. Steady, now.

    January 12, 2008 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  9. 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)

    Please stop removing my comments

    January 12, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  10. Karen

    Didn't he just prove he can cut taxes? His staffers now pay absolutely no taxes when they have no pay.

    January 12, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  11. MiddleClass, TX

    LOL, typical Republican! In fact this sounds like he's applying the Republican Corporate Welfare System philosophy. Cut pay and benefits, sit back and reap the rewards.

    January 12, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  12. Bass

    PLEASE PEOPLE – A vote for MCCAIN is like a vote for Bob Dole... he can NOT possibly win. Hillary and McCain = "SAME OL' -SAME OLD!" Get real!

    It doesn't matter to me who you vote for but if you chose HILL -or- Mac ...U R Wasting your time and your vote.

    I voted Bush in the past and have very much regretted it over and over. But back then I thought we had no choice. It turns out Bush is a poor leader. AND NOW WE NEED CHANGE!

    What kinda change?.... A leader who will stand up and make America Proud again!

    Who can do it? I'm not for sure just yet...

    And I remain,
    "UNDICIDED BUT STILL COMMITTED!!!"

    January 12, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  13. Sonny Shrivastava

    Asking your campaign staff to go without pay is ludicrous and should be getting more coverage. It shows Giuliani's true colors - the guy doesn't have enough money, even personally, to donate to his own campaign to pay his staffers? That's ridiculous.

    It sounds to me like he wants his staffers to feel all the pain while he doesn't make any sacrifices. Giuliani is the ANTITHESIS of what this country is all about, he only cares for himself. Why else would he continue recounting the pain of 3,500 families by constantly talking about 911 when we're are so beyond that and it's a non-issue in this campaign.

    Our country needs change from 8 years of tyrannical rule by the village idiot elected president by voters who were even bigger idiots. I hope they are proud of themselves now, and what they did to our country and the number of soldiers killed is blood on those voters' hands now.

    Our country needs Obama, or Edwards, or Hillary. Our country DOES NOT need someone like John McCain, who endorsed the anti-domestic partner proposition in Arizona last year that went down in flames THANK GOODNESS. Who, except a staunch Republican, would endorse a proposed law that would actually TAKE AWAY rights? It's not even a gay issue, as this proposed law would have affected primarily heterosexual domestic partnerships.

    This country needs to wake up.

    January 12, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  14. DAN

    Don't be mislead, support a real conservative. Roll over Rudy. The real revolution is coming on strong. Thanks for all you do DR. Paul!

    January 12, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  15. Roland

    Breaking news:

    Rudy did agree to pay each staffer $9.11.

    January 12, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  16. Franco

    "Theptember Eleventh!"

    Keep laughing buddy, the jokes on YOU.

    January 12, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  17. dbizle

    Rudy was a nobody and a loser before 9/11 dont forget that. He lost the race to become Senator.. 9/11 could not have happened at a better time for him, which is truly sad..

    January 12, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  18. larry kraus farmersville illinois

    one thing i learned this year is that a candidate can opt to be paid using his campaign funds. i wasn't told if there is a limit on the pay he or she could give him or her self but i would guess there is not.

    January 12, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  19. Alice

    Unfortunately Rudy isn't going to get out of the race just yet. It was always his intent to take just enough of the major delegate states to corner the nomination. When Michael Mukasey was appointed as Attorney General, it became very clear that the Republican Convention would be a "coronation instead of a campaign." Rudy doesn't need to worry about campaign funds......he has Mitt who is actively participating in an "auction....not an election." While Romney is not viable as a presidential candidate, he can probably garner enough delegates to barter for the VP position at the convention.

    If the good folks of this country continue listening to soundbites and accepting vague "plans" of "leadership" we will have a Republican ticket of Giuliani/Romney.

    Dr. Ron Paul is the only candidate who is telling us the truth. He is the only candidate who is not part of the corrupt network running this country. He is the only candidate with ideas for returning America to greatness.

    January 12, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  20. Kelvin from newyork city

    For all the comments I have read, I can't believe that people could be so cold hearted. What about when Obama and Edwards were attacking Hillary Clinton? Was it because she is a women and knows what this country stand for? Do you want Health insurance, and for the country to get back on tract? Well I do. I am a single parent working with on health insurance. I was permanently disabled and lost it as soon as I could not work anymore. I would like to see this country go forward not backwards. I wrote a which I hope to put on YouTube soon. Part of the the song is:

    "Clean up your backyard before you go and clean someone else own. "

    I am appealing to all women and men who have children think twice before you vote in this election for the president... "So we want Hillary Clinton For President.

    January 12, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  21. Carl Rove

    The next president is whoever I say it is!

    January 12, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  22. not a fan

    "zeros" for "zeros"

    January 12, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  23. Kelvin from newyork city

    For all the comments I have read, I can't believe that some people could be so cold hearted. What about when Obama and Edwards were attacking Hillary Clinton? Was it because she is a women and knows what this country stand for? Do you want the troops to come home,do you want health insurance i do.DO you want the economy to get back on tract? Well I do. I am a single parent working with out health insurance. I was permanently disabled which i still have my problem at that time i had all the health insurance i needed. I had to fost my self back to work because of my children.I will like to see this country go fordward not backwards. . I wrote two songs which I hope to put on YouTube soon. Part of the first song is:

    1 "Clean up your backyard before you go and clean someone else own. "

    2 I am appealing to all you women and men who have children think twice before you vote in this election for the president… "So we want Hillary Clinton For President

    January 12, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  24. NateSmalls(AZ)

    "jth" i'm sorry to say this but you are wrong about ron paul and how he gets his money.

    Almost all the money he has made came from independent individuals who have donated to his site. Not from organizations or corporations and yes you are right about him running as a third party as time goes by.

    I am a dedicated Ron Paul supporter and will defend him no matter what anyone does or saids against it.

    January 12, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  25. Mister G

    A couple of corrections need to be applied to some of the comments above:

    First, Rudy G. had an 18pt. lead over Hillary Clinton before he dropped out of the PRIMARY campaign. Had he gone head-to-head with her in the general election, he probably would have won by at least 20 pts.

    Second, Rudy G. was very popular with the New York City electorate (go back and check the polls if you wish) prior to and after 9/11. Only the City Council and the local public safety unions were down on him at that time. The voters loved him!

    Third, enough with the Ron Paul endorsements! The guy's a loon and several of his statements last Thursday night during South Carolina debate were, once again, factually incorrect. Much like Howard Dean during the 2004 Democratic Primary season, he has raised a noticeable sum of money via the Internet. And, just like Dean experienced later, R. Paul will not collect on a large percentage of those commitments.................forget Ron Paul. He's out of touch with the American politic...

    January 12, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
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