The Trail: A Daily Diary of Campaign 2008


Giuliani Campaign Pays Giuliani Firms

Updated 4:02 p.m.
By Matthew Mosk
As Rudy Giuliani returns to the consulting world after his year-long bid for the presidency, he will find a little extra loot in the company coffers, courtesy of his campaign.

Federal Election Commission reports filed yesterday show the Giuliani presidential campaign paid the Giuliani Partners consulting firm more than $60,000 for rent, and paid the Giuliani Security & Safety LLC about $300,000 to protect the candidate on the campaign trail.

The first security payment came Sept. 5, nine months after Giuliani had been on the trail. The Washington Post reported last year that Giuliani did not decide until mid-June, six months after he entered the race, to bill his campaign for the cost of the security detail traveling with him on campaign trips; before then, the firm paid the expense.

Larry Levy, the Giuliani campaign lawyer, said the rent payments to the partnership was intended to reimburse the firm for meetings held there. And the payments to both consulting entities will not pad Giuliani's pockets, Levy said. "He recused himself from taking profits. His portion would be donated to charity."

Posted at 2:55 PM ET on Feb 1, 2008
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