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. IDontRecall

    Does anyone remember the guy who was counting the number of times Gonzales said 'I don't recall"? I would love to see this guy follow Giuliani around and tally the number of times he says '9/11' and 'Ronald Reagan'. We sat and watched the debate..... wait for it, wait for it, here it comes.... 9/11! Yes! there it is. wait for it, it's coming, wait , wait, wait for it... Ronald Reagan! Yes! Aaaaaaah! One is never let down by Rudy. His message is consistent..... 9/11, Ronald Reagan.-

    January 11, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  2. GrabforPower

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

    January 11, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  3. freddy

    Rudy: As you all know, I've faced grimmer scenarios.....

    January 11, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  4. Rosemarie

    Why keep calling Rudy a "womanizer" his marriage was well over....his ex-wife couldn't find time when he was very sick & if you saw his swearing in to be Mayor of NYC she let her kid get away w/bad manners while Rudy was taking theoath...made no attempt to stop the boy I never saw any parent let a kid get away w/such antics!. Many of the guys running now have had girlfriends & will never marry them. His personal life should never be an issue because many of these same people who are trying to make an issue of it have private lives that would make you blush. Anyway, who is more qualified. A Senator does the least work! Let's face it...a Mayor or Govenor has a much harder job...that's why Senator's don't have to (& most don't if you checked the record)even show up half the time! Mayor's & Govenor's have to be on the front lines every day & work the hardest. Rudy has a great record in everything he did & that was before 911! Why shouldn't he bring 911 up! Which one of the Republican's/Democrat's would too if they could. The government # 1 priority before the economy,health care, & anything else is to PROTECT it's citizens!!! Afterthat, they can work on other important issues.People don't understand or forget that we were INVADED! We have let our guard down & it will happen again......I am a Democrat waiting for a TRUE Democrat to vote for! Why couldn't LIEBERMAN be in the running?

    January 11, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  5. Carlos Ant.

    Giuliani's plan is to increase the military in a time when our economy is suffering can be a devastating prospect. I have heard rumors (today again) of a potential second economic depression that could make the 1929's depression look like a walk in the park. Can you say 20% unemployement? Do you like eating cat food? No? So do your homework and vite wisely. We can't afford to live beyond our means anymore, people, we borrow, print and overtax to survive. Our federal government is killing us all. Giuliani (and most of the others) has no plan to achieve peace, or to ever stop spending billions of dollars on other countries. He has no plan, first of all, to stop sending billions of dollars to support the military dictator in Pakistan. We are internationally hated more than ever, only now we are also hated by non-Muslims countries, and Giuliani would make things worse for Americans. He also has absolutely no plans to stop borrowing money from China. England's standard of living is now higher than ours for the first time since the 19th Century, and Giuliani's dreams for military expansion would certainly place a huge financial burden on the tax payer. He also has no decent plan to balance the budget because you can't balance a budget when you are planning on a multi-billion-dollar military expansion, and we can't balance the budget until we stop borrowing money. We are not rich, we live on credit, and what will happen when we can no longer make those interest payments? Giuliani is not fiscally responsible and he could be the worst mistake we ever make. And he is NOT alone, it is time voters in this country to wake and do their homework.

    January 11, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  6. Cory, Raleigh NC

    hmmm Rudy, do you plan to pay the soldiers and government workers while you are president? This is just absurd.

    January 11, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  7. Southern Farmer

    I guess, technically, no person is illegal. She can say that and not be proven wrong. However there are many people commiting illegal acts and anyone that slipped across the border in the middle of the night is in the country illegally. No one will call her on that either. She continually get a free ride on any subject.

    January 11, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  8. Christopher, Madison, WI

    Your done Rudy…your strategy is helping both John McCain and Mike Huckabee. My opinion is Ruby and Romney are finished in this race. Thompson and Huckabee may stick it out for a while but will eventually fade and drop out. Who wins the nomination and presidency? John McCain and Joe Lieberman will beat Obama and hjis running mate Edwards handily.

    Just one problem with your strategy the American people are not going to vote for Bush part III. Everyone knows that Alf's dad...I mean Joe Lieberman is nothing more than a career politician. Examine the facts...once a so called democrat until the democrats figured him out...then he became "an independent" out of desperation, but with the help and money of the repuke party he got to sit in a tarnished seat a little longer. Joe was the demise of Al Gore and no repuke is going to vote for a go with the flow flip flopper like Alf's dad. Please people let's learn from the horrible last 7 years, grow up, think for yourselves and for God's sake see threw the scare tactics. Vote for the future of our country not your party.
    The other Christopher

    January 11, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    QUOTE – John McCain and Joe Lieberman will beat Obama and hjis running mate Edwards handily.

    put down the kool-aid my friend. that ticket doesn't stand a chance.
    Giuliani was suppose to be the repub golden boy 6 months ago. what happened? unless a legitimate scandal comes out about one of the democratic front runners, then one of them is going to moonwalk into the white house. the GOP have nobody right now.

    January 11, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  10. Tim Toz

    QUOTE – John McCain and Joe Lieberman will beat Obama and hjis running mate Edwards handily.

    put down the kool-aid my friend. that ticket doesn't stand a chance.
    Giuliani was suppose to be the repub golden boy 6 months ago. what happened? unless a legitimate scandal comes out about one of the democratic front runners, then one of them is going to moonwalk into the white house. the GOP have nobody right now.

    January 11, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  11. Holla!

    CNN is a fraud. Until it gets back to the fair and impartial journalism it USED to be known for, its just another biased outlet trying to spin America on its handlers agenda.

    For shame!

    January 11, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  12. Christopher, Madison, WI

    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!

    Hey viv, I believe you meant "on paper" and did your mommy leave for work before she helped you spell democrat? More proof folks that the "No Child Left Behind" program is priceless. Remember Repukes stand for hidden taxes with everything on credit with commie countries like China, Russia and the fine country of Mexico (not commie but still crappy). Tax and spend works...only spend what you have in the bank. The days of the corporations and the 1% are over. Please change the Rudy channel before he starts drag for dollars again.

    January 11, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  13. sameoldstuff


    January 11, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  14. Canadian.

    Giuliani is finished... he just hides behind 9/11 .

    he can't win FL. and he is going to get hammered on Feb 5.

    McCain going to be the comeback kid but will lose the election to Obama. OBAMA ROCKS.

    January 11, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  15. Sensible Cape Coral Fl


    Any one democratic candidate is head and shoulders over the entire team of Republican candidates. We have the makings of a fantastic Cabinet. Rudy will always be the choice of people like you who refuse to read and to think.

    January 11, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  16. Chris

    Does anybody find it concerning one of our presidential candidates (Obama) belongs to a church with a "non-negotiable commitment to Africa". The church is called' Trinity United Church of Christ, also you have to be of certain race to belong to this church. I find this disturbing shouldn't our president have a non-negotiable commitment to the US. If you would like to check out the church for yourself the website is http://www.tucc.org/about.htm

    January 11, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  17. nada

    Rudy's reputation was mud before 9/11. New York would have risen following 9/11 with or without him. If he's turns out to be the Republican nominee watch the party split big time. The fireworks will be interesting!!!!

    January 11, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  18. Mary


    You don't understand The Ticker. They give us news bits like this so people like us will be submit our comments. And it works!

    January 11, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  19. Mister G

    RELAX! This means nothing in the overall scheme of things. Campaign staffers have had their pay suspended in virtually every Presidential campaign for several candidates. Look for Rudy to win big in Florida and watch the big donors line-up to contribute.

    Rudy by 8 pts in November.....

    January 11, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  20. Saddam Hussein, Hell

    I have a seat reserved here in hell for you right next to Mussolini and Franco.

    January 11, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  21. Rebecca, TX

    A simple solution...why doesn't Rudy simply put the unpaid staffers on the NYCPD payrolls and then pay them to drive him around on his "personal errands"?

    Rudy for President...NOT!!!

    January 11, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  22. Christopher, Madison, WI

    McCain, the grumpy old RINO is a much better chose than that crooked womanizing Giuliani!!

    I'm sure his trophy wife would agree! I think you meant "choice" not chose. Just goes to show if can't speak English don't write...in fact ,please don't express your opinion at all. You only look as ridiculous as the current unelected President. Leave the voting to those in the population that progressed past second grade. Boy that sure leaves a lot of folks out in the southern states.

    January 11, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  23. James

    Rudi needs to give it up. He's on his last leg. Right wing conservatives will never support him.

    January 11, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  24. Sara K

    College students across the nation will begin to incorporate political debates into their drinking games.

    Every time Rudy mentions Ronald Reagan, take a drink.

    Every time Rudy mentions 9/11, take 2 drinks.

    Now that's alot of beer.

    January 11, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  25. ronnalah

    This is "Mr. Fiscal Responsibility"?

    January 11, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
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