Sunday, September 30, 2007

GIULIANI ENLISTS BORAT


Giuliani Fund Raising Reaches Into KazakhstanWall Street Journal online ^ September 25, 2007 Mary Jacoby


Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani's campaign is looking for political cash this week in an unlikely place: Resource-rich Kazakhstan, where the Republican presidential front-runner's law firm does substantial business in the often murky oil, gas and minerals industries.

A fund-raising event tomorrow in Almaty, the commercial center of the former Soviet republic, will mark the campaign's third foray overseas for cash. Last week, Mr. Giuliani flew to London for a fund-raising luncheon where about 100 Americans living in Europe paid between $1,000 and $2,300 for a ticket -- the second his campaign has held in the United Kingdom.

Mr. Giuliani won't attend the event in Kazakhstan. Instead, he is scheduled to go to small-donor "house party" fund-raising events in New Jersey, his campaign said. The candidate will appear at the Kazakh event by videoconference, campaign spokeswoman Maria Comella said. She declined to say how much the campaign expected to raise in Kazakhstan.
Only Americans may donate to U.S. campaigns. Many Americans live in Kazakhstan and work for oil, gas, law, accounting and other firms. The event was reported this week in the New York Post newspaper.
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