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Giuliani Spends Big Bucks for Posh Hotels

Rudy Giuliani prefers posh hotels, water views and chartered planes. (Getty Images)

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

Posted at 5:12 PM ET on Oct 15, 2007  | Category:  Rudy Giuliani
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Once he fought the mob; now he's acting like one. Supported by "vulture funds" ?! Sounds like loansharking -- going after the poor and downtrodden.

Posted by: nk20878 | October 25, 2007 4:34 PM

Repugs could care less . . . they desperately need a candidate - ANYONE, even a spendthrift, cross dressing, womanizing lying flip flopper still breathing will work . . . especially when considering that the Great White Hype, Fred was DOA . . .

Posted by: JessWonderin | October 18, 2007 1:05 AM

But the big question is, how much did he spend on his haircut?

Posted by: anotherscott | October 17, 2007 11:36 PM

Ok, the raw numbers look pretty tough on the Mayor.

But how do they look in comparison to the other candidates?

What do the other candidates spend on hotel rooms & air travel?

What do the other candidates spend on security? It would surely be interesting to see not only how much his security firm has billed his campaign - but also what the profit margins are on those sales.

Posted by: bsimon | October 16, 2007 5:38 PM

That Rudy is using OTHER PEOPLE's money for lavish hotels ALONE would end his career in an honest world, b/c it shows he's a

(EX: he claims he's a "christian" but 100% of the facts prove he's the ANTI-christ, literally)

(and has no humility, or maturity, and thinks he's royalty)

- IS FISCALLY LIBERAL and LOVES to waste money unnecessarily (which should automatically lose him the GOP nomination, if not for the fact that GOPers are the most naive voters on earth)

Hmm. Since Rudy has ALREADY promised to run the USA like he ran NYC (ex; doubled our debt in just 8 years!), and promised to be like Reagan and Dubya (creating the largest debts in mankinds history) it's "Curious" that he's easily going to win the entire election.

Maybe journalists should TELL their readers about this super-crook BEFORE the election? Instead of repeating the Dubya Years.

Posted by: christopher1 | October 16, 2007 3:50 PM

Listen, we all know Giuliani is a master of fraudulence, but what are we going to do about it? The media is still treating him like he doesn't belong in prison and they're going to skip over 99% of his scandals like the did Candidate Dubya.

(Democrats aren't much better, so it's moot to say "Hillary is bad". No one is as corrupt as Rudy however.)

We must confront media complicity.

"Govt will always break the law / but it's the media who drive the getaway car"

SEE MORE RUDY DIRT HERE than anywhere:

GiulianiSCANDALS dot blogspot dot com

Posted by: christopher1 | October 16, 2007 3:44 PM

Where are the right-wing dittoheads like Rush or Hannity to play this up like they did with Gore's private jet, or solar powered mansion?

Posted by: thegribbler1 | October 16, 2007 2:29 PM

Does anyone know if Rudy is still paying his wife Judith as a campaign consultant/speech adviser?

Posted by: rdklingus | October 16, 2007 8:47 AM

It doesn't matter if Guiliani likes exclusive high priced hotels, but I am sure small donors can decide for themselves whether they need to be contributing to such a lavish life style. Seeing him run around like this seems to suggest he will be as indifferent toward the poor and middle classes as Bush has been throughout his presidency. Who knows? Maybe that is one motivation to vote for him.

Posted by: heartsparkle | October 16, 2007 6:25 AM

and Hillary still is connected to China and the likes of Mr Hsu and their monies....and her fast and furious friend Sandy Burglar Berger still hasn't taken his lie-detector test and the MSM is still fawning all over the Democrats unashamedly.........and the beat goes on.
So Giuliani likes a nice hotel....and????????????????????????????

Posted by: CM1515 | October 15, 2007 10:10 PM

What I really care about is how much each of the candidates are raising from the defense contractors who need a steady stream of wars to keep their bottom line flush. Any chance we will see that analysis in the neocon-controlled Post?

Posted by: B2O2 | October 15, 2007 9:04 PM

Giuliani, while divorcing his wife stayed at the W Hotel on the weekends with his mistress in a 5000 dollar a night suite.
He was given this room for free because at the time he was telling his wife he had no money.

Is it legal for the mayor to receive the room without paying for it? Did he report it on his income taxes?

Posted by: g | October 15, 2007 7:08 PM

"Hedge" funds need a tax break! Gimme more securitization, gimme more.

"...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."

Posted by: mikeVA1 | October 15, 2007 5:53 PM

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