Without a doubt, President Trump’s presidential campaign will go down in history as one that has raised record, some might say obscene, amounts of money. But there’s another side to this story- he’s left a whole host of unpaid bills around the country in the process.
In cities all across the country, Trump has held enormous rallies, causing local officials to have to provide THOUSANDS of dollars in security but then failing to pay those debts back.
So far, 10 cities have complained that Make America Great Again tour stops sponsored by the Trump campaign has left nearly a million dollars worth of security services unpaid, leaving a total of more than $840,000 on the hands of local officials.
And according to Trump’s most recent attempt to pick a fight, Minneapolis may be next on the list of cities with complaints. Recently Trump accused Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey of overcharging services for the arena where Trump held a huge rally this week. Trump said Frey wants to make it as difficult as possible for the Republican president to be able to come to the largely Democratic city.
Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale tried to instigate a feud via social media, saying, “The radical Mayor of Minneapolis, @Jacob_Frey, is abusing his power in an attempt to block the President’s supporters from seeing him speak on Thursday… We refuse to be bullied by a left-winger resister & won’t let him stifle the speech of @realDonaldTrump or his supporters!”
The Trump campaign and the RNC have just announced record-shattering fundraising numbers, bringing in $125 million in the last three months bringing their 2019 total so far to $308 million. This total plus the $156 million they already had in the bank is helping their goal of $1 BILLION dollars for the re-election campaign look more like a reality. Parscale said of the effort, “President Trump has built a juggernaut of a campaign, raising record amounts of money at a record pace.”
Trump is a lifetime businessman, a real estate mogul with a whole empire at his fingertips, which means this isn’t the first time someone has accused him of skipping out on his tab. Decades of complaints and accusations have been recorded from private contractors who say Trump has failed time and again to adequately compensate them for work prior to his time in the Oval Office.
Shockingly, there are a MINIMUM of 60 lawsuits and more than 200 liens against Trump and his companies. According to a 2016 USA Today investigation, these allegations detail his failure to pay contractors, businesses, workers, etc. for completed work.
Trump’s campaign declined to answer questions about the complaints from specific cities regarding the unpaid rally bills but a statement from Michael Glassner, the campaign’s CEO, said, “It is the U.S. Secret Service, not the campaign, which coordinates with local law enforcement…The campaign itself does not contract with local governments for police involvement. All billing inquiries should always go to the Secret Service.”
A Secret Service spokesman had the following to say: “The Secret Service is not funded to pay police overtime and we don’t have a mechanism to do so.”
- El Paso shows a bill of $570,000 for Trump’s rally visit in February.
- Tucson says Trump’s campaign owes more than $80,000 for security provided by police officers at a 2016 event.
- Lebanon is owed $16,200, mostly to the city’s police, for a campaign event last fall.
The Center for Public Integrity’s study listed 10 cities in the complaints and 5 of them date back to the initial 2016 presidential campaign. But since then, Trump has held more than 70 major – and EXPENSIVE – rallies and is expected to hold one every two weeks in the foreseeable future as he seeks re-election.
Amid the back and forth and constant instigation from Trump, Minneapolis Mayor Frey responded by quoting Trump’s message and tweeting, “Yawn… Welcome to Minneapolis where we pay our bills, we govern with integrity, and we love all of our neighbors.”