Giuliani Spends Big Bucks for Posh Hotels
Rudy Giuliani likes to travel in style.
That's what can be deduced by looking through Giuliani's campaign spending report, which shows the former New York mayor has routinely stayed in posh hotels while on the road, and seems to lack confidence in the quality of commercial air carriers.
Whether it was $2,010 at the Greenbrier Hotel in West Virginia, $4,034 at La Costa Resort and Spa in Carlsbad, Calif., or $5,370 at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco, the former mayor found himself top-notch lodging. (At the Fairmont, The Trail got a glimpse of the candidate's large suite -- it had a fantastic view of the bay, overlooking Alcatraz Island.) Water views seem to be a prized asset for Giuliani -- during an early trip to New Hampshire, the former new york mayor stayed at the Wentworth by the Sea resort, a AAA Four-diamond resort that advertises "postcard-perfect views of the waterfront" in Portsmouth.
He also spent more than $565,000 reimbursing various corporate supporters for private jet travel. The biggest chunk of those flights came via Elliott Asset Management, a New York hedge fund known by some as a "vulture fund," so-named because they buy debt cheaply from cash-starved countries, and then sue them for the full repayment. The head of the firm, Paul Singer, is in charge of Northeastern fundraising for Giuliani.
Giuliani spent another $800,000 on charter jet travel.
One campaign supporter who has raised significant sums for the Giuliani campaign said yesterday he doesn't much care how much the former mayor is spending on the trail. "I don't give a damn whether he's staying at Motel 6 or Ritz Carlton," the Giuliani bundler said. "What I care about is where he is in the polls."
-- Matthew Mosk
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