Report: The Trump Campaign Has Over $1M In Outstanding Bills From U.S. Cities
The Trump campaign has become notorious for failing to reimburse American cities for security costs incurred when President Donald Trump holds his campaign rallies, and the total amount he now owes a long list of cities is more than $1 million.
Albuquerque is the latest to join the list, according to The Washington Post, where city officials are trying “to recoup more than $211,000 in expenses from a September rally,” including over $71,000 in police overtime.
After the city of Minneapolis tried to make the Trump campaign pay in advance for a planned September rally, the president lashed out at the city’s mayor on Twitter. But the move was understandable, given the stack of municipal invoices Trump’s campaign continues to ignore.
Following Trump’s indignance that he would be asked to pay up front, “CNN went back to a number of cities that had been identified in June by the Center for Public Integrity as places with outstanding bills in to the Trump campaign,” finding that at least $841,000 was still owed.
With the addition of Albuquerque’s invoice, the total Trump owes to cities is now $1,052,395.78, The Post calculated.
The Trump campaign is not required to reimburse cities for the added expenses they incur when he holds a rally there, but it is the norm for candidates and politicians to do so.
And it isn’t like the Trump campaign can’t afford to do it. The Post reported: “Earlier this week, the Republican Party celebrated having raised more than $300 million through the first three quarters of 2019. Reimbursing these cities for the costs they incurred from Trump’s rallies, then, would eat up a little more than a day’s average fundraising.”