(Patriot.Buzz) – Highlighting the dire situation he is currently in, a prominent loyal friend of former President Donald Trump has been facing increasing challenges to overcome his legal troubles.
Rudy Giuliani is in the middle of a huge $146 million defamation lawsuit and criminal charges. He has been trying to raise money to help cover his legal fees, which has proven difficult for him.
From August to December, Giuliani’s PAC managed to collect just over $727,000, which falls short of his needs, considering the size of his legal battles. This money came from only 13 donors, which included some of Giuliani’s friends and people who support Trump.
The most significant chunk of money, $300,000, was given by Caryn Borland from California, making up more than 40% of the total donations. Borland, also known as Caryn Hildenbrand, had previously donated $1 million to a legal defense fund for Trump, highlighting her strong support for the former president and his allies.
Despite these donations, Giuliani’s PAC has already spent over $500,000 on legal fees and has about $180,000 left as it enters 2024. Giuliani’s legal troubles stem from his efforts to overturn the 2020 election results in favor of Trump.
His attempts led to criminal charges in Georgia and defamation lawsuits by voting machine companies Dominion Voting Systems and Smartmatic. In one major blow, a jury found Giuliani liable for $146 million in damages for defaming two Georgia election workers.
Facing such financial pressure, Giuliani even filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, listing debts to law firms and attorneys. This includes more than $1.3 million owed to one firm and another lawsuit for $1.36 million in unpaid legal fees.
To raise funds, Giuliani hoped to gather money through events at Trump’s properties, asking donors $100,000 to attend. However, only a few donated, including Elizabeth Ailes, the widow of former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes, who said she was upset by Giuliani’s persecution and wanted to support him.
Other donors included businessman Lewis Topper, real estate investment firm Probity International, real estate executive Arnold Gumowitz, and Matthew Martorano, showing a mix of support from various Trump allies and friends of Giuliani.