Trump campaign still hasn’t paid back at least 6 cities for rally bills

By Maegan Vazquez, CNN

Updated 8:45 PM ET, Thu October 10, 2019

Washington (CNN) President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign sparred with local Minneapolis officials this week when a local arena threatened to bar the campaign from holding a rally if they did not pay a $530,000 bill — a fee that was passed on by the city for security services, among other costs.

When the Trump campaign threatened to sue over the bill, the arena eventually withdrew the request. However, the city’s mayor maintains that the campaign still owes them money.

Minneapolis isn’t the only city claiming that the Trump campaign has stiffed them for providing city services at their events.

The Trump campaign still has outstanding invoices from at least six cities related to city services, primarily security, provided during campaign rallies.

The Center for Public Integrity reported in June that at least 10 cities had not had invoices paid for more than $841,000 in services related to public safety costs for Trump campaign rallies. CNN has found that at least six of those cities still have outstanding invoices:

• El Paso, Texas, for a rally held in February 2019 totaling $470,417
• Spokane, Washington, for a rally held in May 2016 totaling $65,124
• Mesa, Arizona, for a rally held in October 2018 totaling $64,467
• Eau Claire, Wisconsin, for a rally held in April 2016 totaling $47,398
• Lebanon, Ohio, for a rally held in October 2018 totaling $16,191
• Burlington, Vermont, for a rally held in January 2018 totaling $8,464

In addition, city officials in Orlando, Florida, Grand Rapids, Michigan, Manchester, New Hampshire, and Rio Rancho, New Mexico — where Trump held rallies in the time since CPI’s story was published — told CNN that there are no outstanding bills or invoices.


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