Giuliani Will Stump for GOP, for a Price

Rudy wants a cut of fundraising proceeds to pay off campaign debt
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 14, 2008 7:29 AM CDT
Rudy Giuliani delivers a speech during a campaign stop Saturday, Dec. 15, 2007, in Tampa, Fla. His White House bid ended with the campaign $3.6 million in debt.   (AP Photo/Mike Carlson)
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(Newser) – Rudy Giuliani has offered to appear at fundraisers for cash-strapped Republican candidates but with strings attached, the New York Times reports. The former New York mayor wants a cut of the proceeds to go towards paying off his presidential campaign's $3.6-million debt. The debt includes a $500,000 personal loan from Giuliani, who is worth an estimated $30 million.

"In a year when our candidates are struggling to raise money, this is just another burden,” said a top GOP strategist when told of Giuliani's unusual request. “This is not about helping the party. This is about helping Rudy Giuliani.”