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. Ryan

    Let's all hope Rudy doesn't win the nomination. He is unelectable in a general election. He will fall apart. We won't even have to wait for November to know, for the next 4 years, our country will be beholden to a novice or a narcissist.

    Do you think the Clinton team is afraid of Rudy? They have faced him before, and they were pretty successful. I have to imagine they would love for that to happen again.

    January 11, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  2. NotSayingJustLikeYou

    Ryan says, "Do you think the Clinton team is afraid of Rudy? They have faced him before, and they were pretty successful. I have to imagine they would love for that to happen again."

    Silly Ryan. Rudy was beating Hillary when he dropped out because of prostate cance. Is this the type of misinformation MoveOn.soros told you to post today? I hope they are paying you lots of money to be on message boards all day.

    January 11, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  3. jim

    It's really amazing that so many of the Rudy critics give sleezy Bill Clinton a pass on his disgraceful behavior in and out of the White House.
    We need Rudy right to guide the ship of state in these troubled times.He's the only one that has the experience and the guts. Go Rudy

    January 11, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  4. nygrump

    ron, I don't think anyone anywhere would call Judy Nathan a trophy wife.

    January 11, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  5. JMS

    Rudy is a fraud and his run for the roses is coming to an end! Buh-bye!!!

    January 11, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  6. Ryan

    nygrump- amen to that.

    January 11, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  7. Bradnyc

    Rudy Giuliani is the only candidate that would make the country miss George W. Bush.

    Bush has absolutely no respect for the law and the constitution
    Giuliani has less than no respect for it.

    Anybody working for POS for nothing needs counseling

    January 11, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  8. vivbrandon

    Guiliani is only a Republican in paper. He is more liberal than the D people I work with. Wake up people!

    January 11, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  9. joe in drag

    Bradnyc – you made my day with this line: "Rudy Giuliani is the only candidate that would make the country miss George W. Bush."
    Laughed out loud – it is so TRUE!

    January 11, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  10. DonBarcus

    Guys, Rudy can't spend his own money because he is receiving matching federal funds for his campaign. For anyone receiving matching funds, mixing personal and campaign money is highly illegal.

    January 11, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    Because of the constant coverage financial situations receive, for a while the Giuliani campaign attempted to keep his overall balance at 9.11 million dollars.

    January 11, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  12. mark, furlong, PA

    I hope he runs out of money and drops out. I can't stand looking at that flat-headed, smiling weasel.

    Besides, who needs "Rudy and Judy" in the White House - sounds like a puppet show.

    January 11, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  13. Ed

    Excellent!! Im glad to hear Rudy is running out of money

    January 11, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  14. Morin

    Proves his TOTAL LACK OF CHARACTER. He's a multi-millionare. She should pay his staff out of his OWN MONEY.

    January 11, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  15. David-Paul Niner

    Of all the individuals running (so far...) he is the only one who seems to have really questionable character. The RNC is aware of this and I can't see any situation whereby he'd be awarded the nomination.

    January 11, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  16. Bill

    I can't believe there are people out there who support Giuliani. Are you sheep? The guy's morals are less than stellar, not to mention his ethics. Look at his good buddy, Kerik. The guy is a crook, yet Giuliani knew it and hired him. He was also hated in New York when he was mayor, for good reason.

    January 11, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  17. Wayne, Greenville TX

    vivbrandon January 11, 2008 12:39 pm ET

    Guiliani is only a Republican in paper. He is more liberal than the D people I work with. Wake up people!

    Us liberals don't want to be associated with that creep, either.

    January 11, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  18. Bryan

    I think it is time for Giuliani to focus on the vice-presidency.

    January 11, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  19. Walt, Belton, TX

    Guess they're working for nothing to pay off his huge tax break...............

    January 11, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  20. JD

    Hey Rudy.....

    Here's an idea for you. Call Ron Paul and BEG to be his VP nominee when he goes third party. He'll laugh at you in all probability, but it might help feed the obvious longing you have to be relevant. It wouldn't make you relevant, but it might give you one last glimmer of what relevance is like.

    All of the non-Giullianiites join me for a moment of laughter in memory of Rudy's presidential bid.



    Join the Huckaboom. Coming soon to a town near you.

    January 11, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  21. joe in drag

    David-Paul Niner – are you sure that the RNC could act to question rudy's lack of character? After all, the RNC vetted Bush Jr. and had to scramble late in the day to hide.destroy the military and drug use records of baby Bush during the early days of his first campaign...

    January 11, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  22. BC

    Well, whats so surprising guys? This should be no news or talking point about Rudy or any other president want-to-be besides Ron Paul. Our new GOP motto, spend, spend, spend, spend, and spend till you are broke!!!

    Wake up people!!!

    January 11, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  23. healy b

    Time for him to move on and us staffers to get back in the real world.

    January 11, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  24. Sara K

    Sorry Rudy, the shelf life on your 9/11 song and dance has been long expired.

    The intelligent and the informed won't let your presence in NYC during 9/11 make up for your corruption and ignorance.

    If my golden retreiver had been at your desk during the attacks, he would be the "hero". -Only he wouldn't still be cashing in on it.

    Back your bags, tough guy. And don't let the door hit you on the @ss on the way out.

    January 11, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  25. Jim

    Rudy did not lose to Hillary in the NY Senate race. She defeated Rick Lazio. Rudy was forced out for health reasons and some say by information that Hillary had on him. Most likely from the 900 files that she had in the White House illegally. Please get your facts straight before you run your mouth.

    January 11, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
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