Ten U.S. cities say President Trump’s campaign has not yet reimbursed them for public-safety costs associated with campaign rallies he held in their towns, according to the Center for Public Integrity (CPI).
The cities, which include Mesa, Ariz., Erie, Pa., and Green Bay, Wis., have submitted invoices totaling over $841,000 and some invoices dating back to before his election in 2016.
“The cities are adamant Trump should pay up. But in many of these cases, there are no signed contracts between the municipal governments and the Trump campaign. The cities dispatched police officers to secure Trump’s events because they believe public safety required it — and the U.S. Secret Service asked for it,” reports NBC News.
Failure to pay invoices can have a “significant” impact on city finances, Richard Myers, executive director of the Major Cities Chiefs Association, told CPI.
“The fiscal impact on local governments, especially during campaign seasons in critical vote states or communities, can be significant,” said Richard Myers, executive director of the Major Cities Chiefs Association and former police chief for several cities, including Colorado Springs, Colorado, and Newport News, Virginia.
“When one considers how much money campaigns raise and spend, it does not seem unreasonable to expect some degree of reimbursement for such demands for service,” he added.
According to CPI, five of the invoices, including for rallies in Mesa, Green Bay, Spokane, Wash., and Burlington, Vt., date back to 2016 and were before Trump’s inauguration.
It is our hope that [Trump’s campaign] will do right by the taxpayers of Mesa and provide payment,” Mesa Deputy City Manager Scott Butler said, according to the nonprofit.
The most recent and biggest single unpaid invoice is $470,000 for a rally in El Paso, Texas, this past February.
“I’m hopeful they’ll pay. I’m hopeful they’ll do what’s right. People that don’t pay their bills — that’s a character integrity issue,” El Paso Mayor Dee Margo (R) told the CPI.