Last week officials in El Paso, Texas spoke up about Donald Trump’s failure to pay for expenses related to providing police officers, the fire department as well as other services related to a rally, he held there over a month ago.
Texas’ complaint led to a domino effect as other states are coming forward to state the Trump administration owes them money as well. Nine more cities across the United States state that they have not seen a single penny from the administration to cover the expenses related to his ego rallies.
The information about the Trump administrations debt comes from the Center for Public Integrity. Five of the 10 invoices that have yet to be paid date all the way back to 2016, when Trump was still campaigning to be president.
We often hear Trump brag about the dedication and hard work put in by our countries first responders. It appears that he likes to brag about them, but doesn’t see getting them paid for protecting him as an important issue.
“Do we love law enforcement or what?” he asked at a rally he held in Lebanon, Pennsylvania. He obviously doesn’t love them enough because he has ignored the $16,191 bill for city police and other costs related to protecting his safety. In small towns like Lebanon, this kind of unpaid bill can cause financial issues.
“There’s a lot of benefits when a president comes here: economic benefits, more visibility for our community,” Lebanon Mayor Amy Brewer said. “But I would hope and believe the Trump campaign would pay its bills. It’s our taxpayer dollars.”
According to the Center for Public Integrity, the Trump campaign owes a whopping total of $841,219 to cities including Burlington, Vermont, Greenbay, and Eau Claire, Wisconsin, Mesa, Arizona, and Spokane Washington.
“The fiscal impact on local governments, especially during campaign seasons in critical vote states or communities, can be significant, When one considers how much money campaigns raise and spend, it does not seem unreasonable to expect some degree of reimbursement for such demands for service,” Richard Myers, executive director of the Major Cities Chiefs Association, told CPI.
Dee Margo, the mayor of El Paso’s called the situation a “character integrity issue” when people “don’t pay their bills.”
Kate a member of the Spokane City Council was less diplomatic: “Let’s be honest, when does Trump ever pay his bills?”
“Trump rally officials don’t typically sign a contract with cities, according to CPI, but the events incur significant extra safety costs involving police and fire personnel, and the Secret Service demands stepped-up support. Many cities simply absorb the extra costs for any political rally and don’t charge politicians or campaigns. Some have opted specifically not to charge the Trump campaign,” according to CPI.
When a Trump campaign spokesperson, Michael Glassner, was asked about the outstanding bill in EL Paso he stated that he believed that the city had overcharged the campaign. He then added that they were currently “reviewing the bill.”
The Trump administration has not responded to any media outlets request for comment.