Monday, June 16, 2008 | 9:14 a.m.
Trying to beat a federal campaign finance deadline, Rudy Giuliani is making the rounds, offering to appear at fundraisers for Republican candidates facing election this fall -- as long as he gets some of the cash, the New York Times reported Saturday.
Among those who have received such an offer: Nevada Rep. Jon Porter, who will square off against state Sen. Dina Titus in November. The Times reported that Porter "contacted Mr. Giuliani’s political organization, asking that the former mayor headline a fund-raising event for the congressman. Mr. Giuliani’s aides then asked that Mr. Porter, who had endorsed Mr. Giuliani for president, put together a joint Porter-Giuliani event in Nevada to raise money to pay off his presidential campaign debt, according to a Republican official who was told of the discussions."
Giuliani is seeking to pay off campaign debt after the spectacular collapse of his presidential bid this year. The former New York mayor loaned himself $500,000 and would have to forgive all or part of that if he does not raise the funds by September, when Sen. John McCain officially becomes the Republican nominee, ending the primary cycle.