Giuliani Calls Juggling $579K ‘Appropriate’

Candidate says money was reimbursed, blasts ‘political hit job’
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 30, 2007 12:50 PM CST
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(Newser) – Rudy Giuliani has hit back against allegations of book-cooking, saying it was “perfectly appropriate” to bill $579,082 in security detail fees to obscure mayoral agencies, and the NYPD repaid the agencies in full. The cops were slow in paying their bills, he explained, and the peculiar invoicing was a matter of convienence, the New York Post reports.

The GOP presidential frontrunner deemed the story a “typical political hit job” meant to highlight his personal life. New York’s comptroller confirmed there was no foul play. But the director of an agency providing lawyers for poor defendants, which fielded mayoral invoices, said his group was in dire financial straits at the time and shouldn’t have been footing Guiliani’s bills. (Read more Rudy Giuliani stories.)