Mayor Rudy Giuliani racked up huge bills for security details while visiting his mistress in the Hamptons, Politico reports, and then spread the bills—tens of thousands at a pop—around to obscure city agencies. When auditors questioned the allocations, the Giuliani camp did not respond, citing "security" reasons. Auditors "were unable to verify that these expenses were for legitimate or necessary purposes," wrote the city comptroller to Giuliani's successor, Michael Bloomberg.
Between 1999 and 2001, Rudy made repeated summer trips trips to visit Judy Nathan, now his wife, accompanied by a full security detail. That cost tens of thousands of dollars in gas, food, and hotel bills, and the bills were then distributed among agencies that dealt with matters such as loft apartments, lawyers for the poor, and people with disabilities, according to documents obtained by Politico. "There is no really good reason to do this except to have nobody know about it," said a former city budget chief under David Dinkins, Giuliani's predecessor.