A Tale of 2 invoices: Beto O'Rourke pays El Paso, which Donald Trump's campaign still owes $470,000

  
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A Tale of 2 invoices: Beto O'Rourke pays El Paso, which Donald Trump's campaign still owes $470,000

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A Tale of 2 invoices: Beto O'Rourke pays El Paso, which Donald Trump's campaign still owes $470,000







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A Tale of 2 invoices: Beto O'Rourke pays El Paso, which Donald Trump's campaign still owes $470,000 originally appeared on abcnews.go.com

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.

Actually, which it was depends on what street you stood on a chilly winter evening in El Paso, Texas.

On one side of town, raucous crowds gathered at the El Paso County Coliseum. With American flags and banners reading "Finish the Wall" displayed above him, President Donald Trump hailed his "big, beautiful" border wall as the reason for El Paso's low crime rate.

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Outside the coliseum, thousands of protesters gathered. Marching along the Rio Grande, they joined former Texas Congressman Beto O'Rourke at the Chalio Acosta Sports Center for a counter rally to celebrate El Paso's immigrant culture. It marked a clarion moment for a prospective candidate testing 2020 waters, and heralded what many expected to come -- O'Rourke's official campaign kickoff. Just a few weeks later, he held his first official campaign rally in his hometown.

The bills came due for both: Beto For America owed the city $28,630.50 for his March campaign launch; he had already paid $7,609.14 of that as a deposit. The remainder was due May 24. They paid on time -- just under the wire -- with a check dated the day prior to the deadline.

El Paso also billed Donald J. Trump for President Inc. for his "Make America Great Again" rally -- for nearly half a million dollars. The invoice was sent to the campaign's Fifth Avenue offices in New York on March 27. It was due April 26, and El Paso has yet to see a dime.

(MORE: Trump's El Paso visit provides Beto O'Rourke with possible first 2020 moment)

The exact number is $470,417.05, broken down by reimbursements owed to six departments:

Department of Aviation: $6,286.57 Fire Department: $60,630.84 Health Department: $528 Streets & Maintenance: $6,452 Sun Metro: $15,577.52 Police Department: $380,942.12el-paso-invoice-to-trump-ht-jc-190531_hp

A month overdue and no check in sight, El Paso sent a warning to the Trump campaign of its looming penalty -- a letter, coincidentally, sent the same day Beto's check was cut.

"Failure to pay your past due balance or to make acceptable payment arrangement within 30 days from the date of this notice (May 23) may result in your account being charged a one-time collection fee of 21 percent on your gross account receivable balance," the letter from El Paso's Office of the Comptroller states.

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(MORE: 2020 Democrats seek rollback of Trump policies as immigration debate simmers in primary)

That 21% would add almost $100,000 to the Trump campaign's tab, bringing the sum total to almost $570,000.

"As with any invoices we issue out, our expectation is to be paid for the services rendered," Robert Cortinas, El Paso's chief financial officer, told ABC News in a statement. "The City is fiscally responsible."

If El Paso doesn't receive payment from the Trump campaign, that money would come out of municipal revenue and the city's contingency budget -- funds used for unexpected and emergency situations, like natural disasters. Just last June, historic and deadly flooding ravaged southern Texas. Now, as tornado alley wakes up, and hurricane season looms -- that's a financial life vest no city wants to do without.

Donald J. Trump for President Inc.'s outstanding $470,417.05 is about 63% of the city's contingency budget for the year.

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The Trump campaign has said it doubts El Paso's accounting and has implied it's been overcharged.

"Since 2015, the Trump Campaign has held nearly 550 rallies all over the country, and this invoice is roughly 10 times the amount that a locality generally asks to be reimbursed," Michael Glassner, chief operating officer with the Trump Campaign, told ABC News. "We are reviewing it."

Campaigns failing to pay cities for their visits is not uncommon. During the 2016 election, both the Trump and Sen. Bernie Sanders' presidential campaigns were both behind in several rally payments.

Trump himself has a storied history of not paying his bills. Often boasting of his business success on the trail and touting his record as the "Dealmaker in Chief," receipts and lawsuits alike reflect a long line of personal debts shifted to businesses, with the burden of multiple Chapter 11 filings falling on investors who bet on his business acumen. Thousands of contractors' lawsuits say Trump and his businesses have refused to pay them.

This time, one of the most important border cities would have to recoup the damage.

The City of El Paso tells ABC News that it will continue to reach out to see the bill is paid -- even after the books close on this fiscal year -- but if it's in vain, they'll have to absorb the difference.

Ironically, that cost would have to be eaten by the very people championed at Trump's campaign rally: El Paso police officers who are on the front lines of the president's border battle.

El Paso police officers, who partner with state and federal law enforcement including the FBI, told ABC News that they'll keep serving the public -- no matter what.

"We're doing our duties, whether it's a late call, or overtime -- we're going to respond no matter what," El Paso Sgt. Enrique Carrillo told ABC News. "Budget isn't going to dictate how we handle an emergency."

ABC News' Will Steakin contributed to this report.

















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Tessylo
1  seeder  Tessylo    3 months ago

Outside the coliseum, thousands of protesters gathered. Marching along the Rio Grande, they joined former Texas Congressman Beto O'Rourke at the Chalio Acosta Sports Center for a counter rally to celebrate El Paso's immigrant culture. It marked a clarion moment for a prospective candidate testing 2020 waters, and heralded what many expected to come -- O'Rourke's official campaign kickoff. Just a few weeks later, he held his first official campaign rally in his hometown.

The bills came due for both: Beto For America owed the city $28,630.50 for his March campaign launch; he had already paid $7,609.14 of that as a deposit. The remainder was due May 24. They paid on time -- just under the wire -- with a check dated the day prior to the deadline.

El Paso also billed Donald J. Trump for President Inc. for his "Make America Great Again" rally -- for nearly half a million dollars. The invoice was sent to the campaign's Fifth Avenue offices in New York on March 27. It was due April 26, and El Paso has yet to see a dime.

 
 
 
Tessylo
2  seeder  Tessylo    3 months ago

The turd continues his usual practices.  Stiffing/not paying his bills.  

 
 
 
Greg Jones
2.1  Greg Jones  replied to  Tessylo @2    3 months ago

Trump doesn't pay the bills out of his pocket, his campaign does. Since in all this time, there has never been another story of late or non pay, the check will probably come before long. Speaking of paying political campaign bills, it appear that HRC and associates tended to be tardy.

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/cash-strapped-clinton-fails-to-pay-bills/

 
 
 
Tessylo
2.1.1  seeder  Tessylo  replied to  Greg Jones @2.1    3 months ago

This time, one of the most important border cities would have to recoup the damage.

The City of El Paso tells ABC News that it will continue to reach out to see the bill is paid -- even after the books close on this fiscal year -- but if it's in vain, they'll have to absorb the difference.

Ironically, that cost would have to be eaten by the very people championed at Trump's campaign rally: El Paso police officers who are on the front lines of the president's border battle.

El Paso police officers, who partner with state and federal law enforcement including the FBI, told ABC News that they'll keep serving the public -- no matter what.

"We're doing our duties, whether it's a late call, or overtime -- we're going to respond no matter what," El Paso Sgt. Enrique Carrillo told ABC News. "Budget isn't going to dictate how we handle an emergency."

 
 
 
Tessylo
2.1.2  seeder  Tessylo  replied to  Greg Jones @2.1    3 months ago

Trump himself has a storied history of not paying his bills. Often boasting of his business success on the trail and touting his record as the "Dealmaker in Chief," receipts and lawsuits alike reflect a long line of personal debts shifted to businesses, with the burden of multiple Chapter 11 filings falling on investors who bet on his business acumen. Thousands of contractors' lawsuits say Trump and his businesses have refused to pay them.

 
 
 
Dulay
2.1.3  Dulay  replied to  Greg Jones @2.1    3 months ago

So your excuse Trump because his campaign's responsible for not paying the bill but you insist that Clinton is responsible for her campaign not pay bills. 

It drips with hypocrisy. 

 
 
 
Greg Jones
2.1.4  Greg Jones  replied to  Tessylo @2.1.2    3 months ago

Did you read the first sentence in my comment?

This is non story about a non event.

 
 
 
Texan1211
2.1.5  Texan1211  replied to  Dulay @2.1.3    3 months ago

He clearly stated Clinton AND associates.

Would the person responsible in her campaign for paying the bills NOT be considered an associate by you? Because I dare say most people would consider anyone connected to the campaign in an official capacity would be considered an associate.

 
 
 
Greg Jones
2.1.6  Greg Jones  replied to  Texan1211 @2.1.5    3 months ago

This people are easily triggered and can't handle comments that don't agree with them. One of them even sent me a nasty PM

 
 
 
Tessylo
2.1.7  seeder  Tessylo  replied to  Greg Jones @2.1.6    3 months ago

You should report it.  

 
 
 
Dulay
2.1.9  Dulay  replied to  Texan1211 @2.1.5    3 months ago
He clearly stated Clinton AND associates.
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That blather can't be taken seriously.

Your pretense that ADDING her associates to the mix should be viewed as exempting Clinton like he exempted Trump is laughable. 

 
 
 
Texan1211
2.1.10  Texan1211  replied to  Dulay @2.1.9    3 months ago

I just read the words posted.

Sorry if you didn't understand what he wrote, and I tried to explain it to you, but if you are dead set against hearing reason and logic, so be it.

Carry on!

 
 
 
Dulay
2.1.11  Dulay  replied to  Texan1211 @2.1.10    3 months ago
Sorry if you didn't understand what he wrote,

I understand what both you and he wrote. 

and I tried to explain it to you,

Did a piss poor job of it too. 

but if you are dead set against hearing reason and logic, so be it.

Oh I'm more than willing to read reason and logic. Care to post some? 

 
 
 
Split Personality
2.1.12  Split Personality  replied to  Greg Jones @2.1    3 months ago

Geez Greg, you have to go back to March of 2008, to find something negative on HRC "and associates"?

Is there any real comparison to primary campaign candidate not paying campaign bills

to a sitting President who never stops campaigning, assuming he is the GOP candidate for 2020?

The onus is on the Trump "campaign" to pay their bills, now, here in the present.

 
 
 
Dulay
2.1.13  Dulay  replied to  Greg Jones @2.1.4    3 months ago
This is non story about a non event.

Yet you seemed to think that the 10 year old story about HRC was poignant.

Hilarious. 

 
 
 
Texan1211
3  Texan1211    3 months ago

Tornadoes? El Paso typically receives tornado warnings once every 3-5 years.

Hurricanes? El Paso is quite the distance to Texas Gulf coast--well over 60 miles. I wouldn't worry too much about hurricanes.

While I agree that the bill should be paid, I realize that candidates don't usually do the books for their own campaigns, they hire people to do it for them.

 
 
 
SteevieGee
4  SteevieGee    3 months ago

If El Paso doesn't receive payment from the Trump campaign, that money would come out of municipal revenue and the city's contingency budget -- funds used for unexpected and emergency situations, like natural disasters.

There you have it folks.  Trump is officially a disaster.

 
 
 
Greg Jones
4.1  Greg Jones  replied to  SteevieGee @4    3 months ago

Yeah, but we all know the bill will be paid eventually and this thread would be null, void, and empty.

 
 
 
Tessylo
4.1.1  seeder  Tessylo  replied to  Greg Jones @4.1    3 months ago

'Failure to pay your past due balance or to make acceptable payment arrangement within 30 days from the date of this notice (May 23) may result in your account being charged a one-time collection fee of 21 percent on your gross account receivable balance," the letter from El Paso's Office of the Comptroller states.'

'Eventually' is not good enough.

 
 
 
Dulay
5  Dulay    3 months ago
"Since 2015, the Trump Campaign has held nearly 550 rallies all over the country, and this invoice is roughly 10 times the amount that a locality generally asks to be reimbursed," Michael Glassner, chief operating officer with the Trump Campaign, told ABC News. "We are reviewing it."

How many of those 'localities' are on the border which Trump has claimed ad nauseam is so fucking dangerous that it's a national emergency? One would think the Trump campaign would recognize the necessity for a show of force by the El Paso police department. 

On another tangent, is the FACT that Trump has spewed crap about El Paso on a continuous basis which places added pressure on El Paso police to protect Trump from the citizens of the city who have the right to voice their disfavor. 

Michael Glasser knows damn well what the contract with El Paso requires the campaign to reimburse. He's had over a month to 'review' the contract and the invoice. How much other 'localities' have been willing to subsidize Trump's campaign is irrelevant. 

I wonder how other municipalities will view Trump's desire to have rallies in their town now that they have unequivocal proof that the Trump campaign will stiff them for the cost. Maybe it would be a good idea for them to start demanding 'deposits' prior to agreeing to 'host' Trump. 

 
 
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