As Trump visits El Paso, his campaign still hasn't paid bill for February rally

Via:  flynavy1  •  4 months ago  •  20 comments

As Trump visits El Paso, his campaign still hasn't paid bill for February rally
Donald J. Trump for President Inc.'s now outstanding $569,204.63 balance due is about 63% of the city's contingency budget for the entire year.

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The last time President Donald Trump visited El Paso -- for a political rally in February -- his campaign racked up a big bill, one it still hasn't paid .

It has been six months since Trump held the “Make America Great Again” rally in downtown El Paso that cost the Texas border city nearly a half million dollars -- mostly for city police providing security around his event, along with protection from the fire and health departments. El Paso billed Donald J. Trump for President Inc., sending the invoice to the campaign’s Fifth Avenue offices in New York on March 27. The bill was due April 26, and according to El Paso officials, they have yet to see a dime.

As the months passed with no sign of payment, El Paso sent multiple letters to the Trump campaign warning of penalties if it didn't comply.  "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," a letter from El Paso's Office of the Comptroller states, given to ABC News from the city of El Paso.

The deadline came and went and a 21% penalty fee got tacked onto the bill.

That 21% adds almost $100,000 to the Trump campaign's tab, bringing the 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 f If the Trump campaign does not pay, the city of El Paso says the money would have to come out of the city’s contingency budget -- funds used for unexpected and emergency situations, such as natural disasters. The more than half-million dollars is also equivalent to the annual salaries of several El Paso police officers - law enforcement the president praised in the wake of Saturday's mass shooting for responding with "extraordinary grace and courage." fiscally responsible,” he said.

Donald J. Trump for President Inc.'s now outstanding $569,204.63 balance due is about 63% of the city's contingency budget for the entire year.

ABC News has reached out to the Trump campaign for comment, but has not heard back.

In June, the campaign said it doubts El Paso's accounting, implying 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."

Indeed, other cities where the Trump campaign has held rallies, including Mesa, Arizona, billed for about $64,500 for a rally held there in October 2018. Mesa city officials told ABC News their police department still has received no reimbursement from the Trump campaign.

Campaigns failing to pay cities for their visits is not uncommon. During the 2016 election, the presidential campaigns of both Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders were also behind in several rally payments, according to the Center for Public Integrity.

Trump himself has a long history of not paying his bills. Often boasting of his business success and touting his record as the "Dealmaker in Chief," Trump has a trail of receipts and lawsuits that reflects 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. Numerous contractor lawsuits claim that Trump and his businesses have refused to pay them.

This time, if the campaign doesn’t pay, El Paso would have to absorb the cost – even as it reels from dealing with a mass shooting.


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1  seeder  FLYNAVY1    4 months ago

…."Other peoples money!"

BTW..... Anybody seen the check from Mexico for the wall?  I know the American tax payers have been getting the bills for it.

1.1  Tessylo  replied to  FLYNAVY1 @1    4 months ago

He's going to loot veterans' pension funds for some of the money for his fucking wall.  Yet no wall has been built since he became 'president'

Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom
2  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom    4 months ago

I'm betting that they never see one penny of what Trump owes.  He has a long history of stiffing people , and more often than not, it's the proverbial 'little guy' that suffers. 

2.1  seeder  FLYNAVY1  replied to  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom @2    4 months ago

The little guy that suffers.....

Yep... He can tie them up and outspend them in court too till they go away.  It's his M.O.!

3  XDm9mm    4 months ago

It appears that President Trumps campaign isn't alone.   I do have to wonder why only his campaign was singled out for this diatribe and not others?

Police to Trump, Clinton and Sanders: 'Pay your bills already'

Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders may not remember much about the rallies they each held last year in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

But officials at Green Bay City Hall sure do. And they’re miffed the three politicos have stiffed them on police protection bills totaling $24,000 .

“We appreciate, and we feel honored, when the candidates come to Green Bay,” said Celestine Jeffreys, chief of staff to Mayor Jim Schmitt. “We are also very appreciative when they honor their debts.”

Green Bay is no anomaly. 

At least three-dozen municipal governments and law enforcement agencies say presidential campaigns have ignored hundreds of thousands of dollars in outstanding bills stemming from police security for campaign events — from Vallejo, California, to the University of Pittsburgh. That’s according to a  Center for Public Integrity analysis of federal campaign disclosures and municipal invoices, as well as interviews with more than 60 local government officials.

Read more here:  Source:

3.1  seeder  FLYNAVY1  replied to  XDm9mm @3    4 months ago

What, is this a trick question for you? How about because he's president, and he has a long....long....long.... history of not paying his bills, especially to working stiffs.  BTW....where did all that extra money from the inauguration go?

3.1.1  Tessylo  replied to  FLYNAVY1 @3.1    4 months ago

Where did all the billions go for the wall?

It Is ME
3.1.2  It Is ME  replied to  Tessylo @3.1.1    4 months ago

Well, the news won't report it (wouldn't be prudent to give Trump any credit for anything), but many miles of existing wall have been upgraded, and many miles of new wall have been built, and still on going, along with other technical upgrades needed being accomplished.

Upgrading existing crap cost more than building new. It's a construction cost thingy.

1900 + or - miles of upgrading and new takes some time. It's only been 3 years.

Don't forget, decades before Trump, this could have been completed if the politicians actually had balls....or vaginas if you prefer.

3.1.3  Texan1211  replied to  It Is ME @3.1.2    4 months ago

The questions about the wall have been asked and answered MANY, MANY times already here.

Some choose to forget that.

When it is convenient.

It Is ME
3.1.4  It Is ME  replied to  Texan1211 @3.1.3    4 months ago
When it is convenient .

They're just taking the "Easy" way out instead of taking on a decades old problem head on !

Blame the Border patrol and this NEW President without giving them any help, for political gains.

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3.1.5  seeder  FLYNAVY1  replied to  It Is ME @3.1.4    4 months ago

Where'd the Mexico payment for the wall go?

Convenient memory indeed.....

It Is ME
3.1.6  It Is ME  replied to  FLYNAVY1 @3.1.5    4 months ago
Where'd the Mexico payment for the wall go?

Don't know. The media doesn't seem concerned about it except to ask the question.

Maybe they should dig a bit before constantly shouting …… "Foul" !

How is it being paid for ?

3.1.7  seeder  FLYNAVY1  replied to  It Is ME @3.1.6    4 months ago

Trump made the promise.... You not going to hold him accountable?  Figures.   

It Is ME
3.1.8  It Is ME  replied to  FLYNAVY1 @3.1.7    4 months ago
You not going to hold him accountable?

I didn't say that, Did I ?

I said a good report would tell us what is actually going on....wouldn't you agree ?

All we get is what your spouting now and that NOTHING is built to date.

Well, even little old me has been able to find some info showing things ARE being done on the border, but that's irrelevant in Trump hating world. So, I keep digging for reality anyway.

3.1.9  seeder  FLYNAVY1  replied to  It Is ME @3.1.8    4 months ago

I didn't say that, Did I ?

You didn't, but given your past comment history, I'm not going to hold my breath thinking that you ever will. 

You better than most understand supply & demand. You want to really help the boarder issue...... start throwing those in jail that hire those that come across illegally.  Only then when the profit margin of these companies hiring illegals takes a hit will we have the opportunity for viable immigration reform. 

Take care...    

It Is ME
3.1.10  It Is ME  replied to  FLYNAVY1 @3.1.9    4 months ago
You want to really help the boarder issue...... start throwing those in jail that hire those that come across illegally.

I can agree with that. 


Stop "ILLEGALS" from being able to just float over the border too.

Split Personality
3.2  Split Personality  replied to  XDm9mm @3    4 months ago

Here's something more current and more accurate.

You can probably bet that permits and contracts will be required in Wisconsin, going forward, especially when the current POTUS is involved.

4  freepress    4 months ago

The man does not pay his bills, he has spent his entire lifetime paying high priced attorneys to get him out of paying bills or he deliberately does not pay hoping anyone he owes money to will lower the price the longer he avoids paying.

Right now Trump is stiffing the American taxpayer for millions and millions of dollars to hold campaign rallies and go golfing. 

4.1  Tessylo  replied to  freepress @4    4 months ago

At one of his rallies he said in effect 'I have nothing else to do' which was true.  

Trout Giggles
5  Trout Giggles    4 months ago

Garnish his wages! Take his income tax refund!


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