Trump’s Campaign Is Responsible For 15% Of All Outstanding Debt Owed To El Paso

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City officials have sent the Trump campaign multiple electronic invoices and one paper bill for a February rally.

The city of El Paso, Texas, counts $3.8 million in overdue debt, according to local news station CBS4, and the Trump campaign is responsible for almost 15 percent of that amount.

Robert Cortinas, El Paso’s chief financial officer, told CBS4 that the city is following its usual protocol in attempting to recover the money.

“We have our Office of the Comptroller, which is the ones handling this invoice in particular," he said. "They will continue to follow our process as outlined in our accounts receivable policy until the debt is paid.”

President Donald Trump held a campaign rally at the El Paso County Coliseum in February, racking up a bill for $470,417.05, which covered the police and fire department presence and other emergency services that a presidential visit requires.

When the campaign failed to pay its bill after four months, the city added a one-time late fee of $98,787.58, CBS4 said, bringing the total to $569.204.63.

City officials say the campaign still has yet to pay what it owes, and Cortinas said the bill is “by far the largest invoice that is more than 90 days old.”

CBS4 noted that the Center for Public Integrity previously told CNN that campaigns are under no legal obligation to reimburse cities where they hold political rallies or events.

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