Giuliani Pays Own Firm for Security; Spending Outstrips Fundraising
Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani has paid his own private consulting firm more than $130,000 for providing him security as he runs for president, according to campaign finance documents he filed with the Federal Election Commission this morning.
The payments, to Giuliani Security & Safety LLC, should help satisfy concerns raised over the summer that Giuliani's private consulting firm was picking up the tab for protecting the candidate -- a cost that by law should have been billed to his campaign.
Campaign finance experts said over the summer that the campaign may have run afoul of federal campaign laws that prohibit candidates from accepting money or in-kind contributions from corporations. "It certainly appears to challenge the law, with respect to a corporate contribution," Ellen Miller, a longtime campaign finance watchdog in Washington, said at the time. "A corporation cannot make an in-kind contribution by paying for a service or a party or even food at a party."
Giuliani's campaign made two large payments to the security consulting firm -- $100,000 on Sept. 5 and $31,212 on Sept. 28.
Over the past three months, Giuliani's campaign actually spent more money than it raised. Totals released today show the campaign brought in $11.3 million and spent $13 million between July 1 and Sept. 30. The campaign continues to be the money leader on the Republican side, though, with more than $16 million still available to spend as the primary season approaches.
Other large late-summer expenses for Giuliani included more than $3.5 million on campaign staff, more than $3 million spent on printing and sending campaign literature and fundraising letters, and more than $1.4 million on travel, including $200,000 that Giuliani spent with TAG Aviation, a charter-air service owned by a Luxembourg-based firm that was founded by Saudi arms dealer Akram Ojjeh.
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