Rudy's Use of Casino Kingpin's Airplanes

The New York Daily News explores Rudy Giuliani's use of his pals' private aircraft, including that of casino billionaire Sheldon Adelson.

The days of candidates reimbursing their pals with the cost of a commercial first-class ticket instead of the much higher cost of renting the aircraft and pilot ended in September.

Hillary and Obama never did it.

Democrats Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama accept no corporate aircraft, choosing instead to rent planes at full market cost to avoid the appearance of a conflict.

Here's the list of the owners of the planes Rudy's used:


  • Hedge fund owner Paul Singer, a top Giuliani fund-raiser whose Elliott Asset Management provided some $90,000 in air support to the former mayor from July 1 through Sept. 30 - on top of the $176,000 it provided the previous quarter.
  • Zuffa LLC, a company whose creations include "Ultimate Fighting Championship," a particularly brutal hybrid of boxing and martial arts that critics have dubbed "human cockfighting."
  • Two New York real estate developers - Donald Trump and Stephen Ross of Related, the company Giuliani picked to develop the lucrative Time Warner Center at Columbus Circle when he was mayor.
  • Alticor Inc., the parent company of Michigan-based Amway, a major multilevel marketing corporation with deep ties to the GOP whose vice president for public policy, Richard Holwill, is a top Giuliani fund-raiser.
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    Amway is tightly connected to the religious right (none / 0) (#1)
    by lilybart on Sun Nov 18, 2007 at 02:56:54 PM EST
    so again, these fundies don't care about anything but power.

    John Edwards did this more than anyone else. (none / 0) (#2)
    by Geekesque on Sun Nov 18, 2007 at 07:47:50 PM EST
    Fred Baron's plane was like his private chaffeur service.

    Never done it??? (none / 0) (#3)
    by Rojas on Mon Nov 19, 2007 at 12:58:31 AM EST
    Clinton's travel, along with and consulting fees paid to her husband, the former president, have come to light recently in a lawsuit against Vinod Gupta, a Clinton contributor and chief executive of the data company, InfoUSA Inc.

    The lawsuit by company shareholders accuses Gupta of excessively spending millions of dollars, including $900,000 worth of travel on the Clintons

    And this gem..

    Clinton's campaign has said she reimbursed Gupta at the cost of a first-class flight, typically a significant discount off the expense of a private jet.

    "Those were the rules. You'll have to ask somebody else whether that's good policy," she said.

    RG vs HC? (none / 0) (#4)
    by TruthHurtzIndeed on Tue Nov 27, 2007 at 03:54:18 PM EST
    So the verdict is that she had done essentially  the same thing, right?