City of Albuquerque returns Trump campaign bill for $ 211,000 to collection agency


The city of Albuquerque returned a bill of $ 211,175.94 for the old President TrumpDonald Trump Five takeaways from the Ohio special primaries Missouri Rep. Billy Long enters GOP Senate primary Trump-backed Mike Carey wins GOP primary in Ohio special election MORE2019 re-election campaign rally at a professional debt collection agency.

The unpaid invoice has remained unpaid since the event near Rio Rancho. City officials covered the security costs of the then president’s stay at a hotel in downtown Albuquerque, the Albuquerque Journal reported Thursday.

The six-figure tab includes the costs of blocking Town Hall and parts of downtown, as well as police overtime.

The city previously said it incurred $ 7,102 in barricade costs during Trump’s visit and $ 132,831 in paid leave for city employees. He also said that assistance from the Albuquerque Police Department provided during Trump’s campaign visit was $ 71,242.

A spokeswoman for the city of Rio Rancho – where Trump actually hosted the rally – said the campaign “made it clear that it would not reimburse the city for incidental costs that occurred outside of the event. “. The campaign also failed to pay Rio Rancho the $ 239,475 associated with his visit.

Bernalillo County, which also billed Trump for the 2019 visit, told the newspaper the county ultimately wrote off the unpaid bill of $ 139,183.52 as “bad debt.”

“In my mind, he owes us a lot more because there was about a day and a half where we couldn’t even function as a city,” Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller (D) said during an appearance on “The Daily Show” this week.

Lorena Sanchez, a city spokeswoman, told the Albuquerque Journal officials had been trying to collect payment for months, even sending the bill to Trump’s resort town in Mar-a-Lago, Florida this month. -this.

Keller discussed how all of the city’s attempts to contact Trump and his campaign would have been ignored.

“It [Trump] should get those annoying voicemail messages that, like, we usually get from scam companies where it’s like ‘You have debt’, ”Keller told Jordan Klepper, correspondent for the television show Comedy Central. “I think Mar-a-Lago is getting those calls now.”

It is a standard process for the city to send invoices that are 61-90 days old to collection agencies. Sanchez told the newspaper that there are currently 2,517 municipal bills in collection.

Michael Glassner, then Trump’s campaign operations chief, told The Hill in 2019 that “it’s the U.S. Secret Service, not the campaign, that is coordinating with local law enforcement.”

“The campaign itself does not contract with local governments for police involvement. All billing requests should always be addressed to the Secret Service, ”he said.

The Hill has contacted Trump’s office for comment.

Albuquerque is not the only city trying to collect unpaid debts from the Trump campaign. Officials in the city of El Paso, Texas, said in November they were hiring legal counsel in their fight to secure more than half a million dollars from a February 2019 rally.


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