Rudy Giuliani's Legal Defense Fund Attracts 13 Donors, Raises Under $1 Million



by NOUMAN RASOOL

Rudy Giuliani's Legal Defense Fund Attracts 13 Donors, Raises Under $1 Million
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In recent developments, Rudy Giuliani, the former lawyer of ex-President Donald Trump, has managed to secure less than $1 million in funds from a mere 13 donors. This fundraising effort is aimed at mitigating his substantial legal expenses.

Among the contributors are close associates and several allies of Donald Trump. Giuliani, currently embroiled in multiple legal challenges, faces a daunting $146 million defamation lawsuit and ongoing criminal proceedings. The finance reports reveal that Giuliani's Political Action Committee (PAC), dedicated to supporting his legal defense, amassed over $740,000 in the past six months.

This sum primarily comes from Trump's loyalists and Giuliani's long-standing friends. Notably, Elizabeth Ailes, the widow of Roger Ailes, former CEO of Fox News, made a significant contribution of $100,000 last year to Giuliani's legal defense PAC, as disclosed in the filing.

A detailed analysis of the Federal Election Commission's recent filings indicates that Giuliani's PAC raised just over $727,000 between August and December. Andrew Giuliani, Rudy Giuliani's son and the PAC's manager, did not respond to inquiries regarding this financial influx.

Borland's Major Contributions

The largest individual donation was from Caryn Borland, a resident of Corona del Mar, California, who contributed $300,000, accounting for more than 40% of the total donations received by Giuliani.

Borland, also known as Caryn Hildenbrand, did not immediately comment on her contribution. Interestingly, the Caryn L Hildenbrand Living Trust previously donated $1 million to Trump's legal defense fund, marking it as the largest donation to that fund, which raised a total of $1.6 million, according to Internal Revenue Service filings.

The Hildenbrands, known for their substantial donations to Trump's 2020 reelection campaign, have been noted for sharing QAnon-related content on social media, as reported by The New York Times. This association led to Vice President Mike Pence canceling a fundraiser with the couple due to their promotion of QAnon theories.

Despite the significant support, Giuliani's PAC erroneously listed Caryn Borland's first name as "Garyn" in their filing, yet the address corresponds with the one on the IRS filing for the Trump defense fund donation. Giuliani’s legal and financial troubles stem from his efforts to overturn the 2020 election results.

He faces criminal charges in Georgia for racketeering related to these attempts and is being sued for defamation by Dominion Voting Systems and Smartmatic. In a recent trial, a federal jury found Giuliani liable for $146 million in damages for defaming two Georgia election workers.

Following these developments, Giuliani filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, citing the defamation judgment and debts to various law firms and attorneys. Records show he owes over $1.3 million to Davidoff Hutcher & Citron, and attorney Robert Costello has also sued him for unpaid legal fees dating back to 2019.

The PAC has spent over $500,000 on Giuliani's legal fees to date and had $180,000 on hand as of early 2024. Giuliani had initially planned to raise funds through events at Trump's properties, as stated by Andrew Giuliani. Only three individuals are listed as donating $100,000 or more to the PAC.

Elizabeth Ailes confirmed her $100,000 contribution, expressing support for Giuliani against what she perceives as political persecution. Ailes emphasized her long-standing friendship with Giuliani, who officiated her wedding to Roger Ailes, and her connection with Donald Trump.

Other notable donations include $25,000 from businessman Lewis Topper, a Trump supporter, and $35,000 from Probity International, led by Trump donor Robert Zarnegin. Real estate executive Arnold Gumowitz contributed $50,000, and Matthew Martorano, a previous donor to the Trump Save America Joint Fundraising Committee, donated $100,000 to Giuliani's committee.