Donald Trump Owes More Than $500,000 To City Of El Paso For February Campaign Rally
President Donald Trump’s visited to El Paso, Texas on Wednesday in the wake of the shooting that killed 22, but he left still owing the city more than $500,000.
In February, Trump held his first rally of the year in El Paso, where he talked about the need for a border wall. Officials say his campaign was billed for public safety and police-related costs.
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The initial bill was for $470,417.05 according to an invoice. In March, the Office of the Comptroller of the City of El Paso sent the Trump campaign a letter stating that if they failed to pay within 30 days the fee would increase by 21%. The most recent version of the bill shows they owe the city $569,204.63.
The Center for Public Integrity says that presidential campaigns “obligated by federal law to pay public safety-related bills sent to them by municipalities.”
The president’s Wednesday visits to Dayton, Ohio and El Paso were to “meet with First Responders, Law Enforcement, and some of the victims of the terrible shootings,” he wrote in a Twitter post. Not all the victims Trump wanted to visit while in the two cities welcomed him. Some, like Rep. Veronica Escobar, even refused to meet with him.
Will be going to Dayton, Ohio and El Paso, Texas, tomorrow to meet with First Responders, Law Enforcement, and some of the victims of the terrible shootings.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 6, 2019