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Story of Rudy's 'Mistress' Fund Has Legs

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

Story of Rudy's 'Mistress' Fund Has Legs

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Ben Smith, who broke the story about former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani's alleged use or misuse of city funds related to his extramarital affair with Judith Nathan, returned late Thursday with a followup.

He noted that Giuliani and his senior aides Thursday "blamed anonymous bookkeepers for his administration's practice of billing the travel expenses for his personal security detail to obscure city agencies.

"But a top aide was unable to say why Giuliani's administration and his successor's rebuffed questions from the city's top fiscal watchdog in 2001 and 2002. City Comptroller William Thompson said Thursday his auditors were 'stonewalled' by the Giuliani administration when they inquired about the unusual billing procedures, which he called 'disturbing.'

"Instead, Giuliani and his aides focused their attention on the issue of whether the unlikely divisions of the mayor's office had been reimbursed -- not why the expenses were billed to out-of-the-way agencies such as the New York City Loft Board in the first place."

In an interview with CBS, Giuliani referred to the Politico account as a "totally false story. …

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