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. Mike, NJ

    Rudy said that the coffers were filled to the nine. Eleven days later al Qaeda may have transferred the money out of the account.

    January 11, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  2. Bob M

    JDel: Giuliani dropped out of the Senate race due to his prostate cancer. He would have beaten the snot out of Hilary in the election. Believe it or not, but there's MORE to New York STATE than just NYC. Upstate loves Rudy.

    January 11, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  3. Mike, NJ

    Rudy will do well to make this race go to convention. Ron Paul is still growing exponentially, he should peak for super Tuesday, be a delegate.

    January 11, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  4. Rudy

    But my city was attacked... I can be a good president, really.

    January 11, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  5. Joe

    Agreed, Jim at 10:13am. Rudy is our best shot to keep the White House.

    January 11, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  6. Vin

    This is the Rudy that New Yorkers know about and have been waiting to surface – behind the press events and prepared speeches is a guy who expects his staff to sacrifice everthing, including their own livelihoods, for his needs, and expects total loyalty and fielty without giving any to the people who walk through fire for him.

    You can be sure that this is how a President Rudy will act, filling government with sycophantic yes-men and (maybe) women who will be expected to do little else but take his phone calls and implement his edicts.

    January 11, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  7. Scott

    In other words, the money's drying up.

    January 11, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  8. Jack K.

    Now thats commitment!!!

    I wouldn't work for him even if he paid me.

    Wonder what's in it for them if he gets the nod from the GOP and gets elected?

    January 11, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  9. Felix

    Rudy's campaign is beginning to look amateurish!

    January 11, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  10. snakesup

    Rudy is a great movie about a walk-on football player at Notre Dame.

    ...nothing else.........

    January 11, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  11. Steve

    Lets set things straight from the start, I voted for George Bush. ....What Republicans fail to notice is that over 70% of the nation wants the war over. 5 out of the 6 candidates support continuing the war. If you elect any of these candidates, the republicans will not win, plain and simple. You have one choice if you want a true republican in the white house and i will not mention his name in fear of being censored.

    January 11, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  12. Independent in IA

    He probably spent all the funds to buy gifts for both his wife and his current girl friend. They're both very high-maintenance, ya know.

    January 11, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  13. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    With this revelation, it really should make supporters wonder if Rudy will have enough money to make it to Super Dooper Tuesday in February. Rudy should be talking more about his previous experience as a U.S. Attorney; who did he prosecute and his successes and failures there. What specifically did Rudy do in New York that made it better? How was it recieved by those that live and work there? Did he work with the city council to get it done in a bipartisan fashion? If not, then how does he expect to work with Congress?

    If all Rudy talks about is September of 2001, then he is flogging a dead horse. He did an okay job that day and for the weeks after, but nothing he did really got the city ready for an attack like that. Forsight is something the next president should have. If he keeps say that we need to be on the "offense in the war on terror," then he needs to relook at "the war." It will need more than just soldiers and marines to go and fight large battles just in one country. There needs to be other aspects that support our friends and changes minds.

    January 11, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  14. Bob

    Rudy was done form the start, He did not seam to want to want hard enough to win. His idea of missing in Iowa and NH was a terribe idea for someone that wanted to become President.

    January 11, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  15. phil

    Rudy, there will be parting gifts at the door. Thanks for participating.

    January 11, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  16. Jim

    So McCain is broke, Rudy, Huckabee and Thompson are all almost broke and Romney has $500M left to spend. The advantage here is clearly to Romney, but Paul still has a lot of that $20M left and that allows him to stay on the air when the others (except Romney) are silenced and fighting each other for free media. This is going to the convention and I think it will be pretty darn ugly. What fun!

    January 11, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  17. ron

    Rudy was hated in NYC before 9/11. Got a bump from the attack. Hey wasn't that Hillary Clinton walking beside him with a face mask on trudging through the muck and sadness of Ground Zero? I think so! I say Hillary is the real New Yorker in race. Let Rudy and his trophy wife and his butt-buddy Kerik go and make their millions overseas. HILLARY IN 2008!!!!

    January 11, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  18. Jeff

    Rudy will be fine; his finance problems aren't nearly as bad as 9/11 was. Boy, 9/11 was a tough day. But this? This is nothing. Not compared to 9/11.

    To reiterate: 9/11.

    January 11, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  19. mike

    Perhaps he should hire some illegal aliens?
    That would help free up some resources!

    January 11, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  20. ian

    We need the repbulican bsae to rise up with one voice and demand a true conservative for the general election. Someone with untouchable military experience, incredible goodwill with the American people and respect worldwide........Colin Powell.

    January 11, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  21. Anonymous

    i had great regard for the likes of pres. clinton until he unjustly and ignorantly uttered some unfounded claim that sen. barack obama's judgements are a fairy tale. i urge him not to tarnish his own image because his wife is running for the oval office.

    January 11, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  22. Joshua

    Why doesn't Rudy use some of that money he has made over the years exploiting 9/11 to cover his staff?

    January 11, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  23. chris

    I think that either Rudy or Huck are our best chance to KILL the Hajis and that is what I want to do..So who ever gets the nod is who I will vote for...I cant believe the stupidity of of all the weak sisters in America who have no constitution for war..It is never chosen but in the end very needed..Not to sure about Iraq, (or Bush for that matter)..For the reasons of 1) Bush is a turd and 2) We should have KILLED every living thing in Afghanistan several times over and then began working our way carpet bombing the border zones of Pakistan. We should have also Killed Mushareff as well. Then lastly told the Saudi Royal family they had 2 hours to pack their s..t and get out because the palace walls were about to become fill dirt.

    January 11, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  24. Ryan

    For those who think Rudy is our best shot:
    McCain is the only one who can win.

    January 11, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  25. Jim

    OK, so you're protecting him. I get it. I expected it. Everyone knows you like him and that affects how you cover him. But hey, a lot of people in AZ and NV know about McCain's gambling problems. It will come out in the general election whether you like it or not. Deleting my comment doesn't make it any less true, folks. Have a nice day.

    January 11, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
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