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Politics El Paso lawyered up to try and collect $570,000 owed to the city by the Trump campaign from a rally 2 years ago

09:40  26 november  2020
09:40  26 november  2020 Source:   businessinsider.com

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The El Paso City Council has voted unanimously to hire lawyers in their fight to get paid nearly $ 570 , 000 in total charges owed by President Donald Trump 's reelection campaign from a rally held in the city in February 2019

President Trump 's reelection campaign has yet to pay El Paso more than 0, 000 for police and public safety services tied to a February rally , a Laura Cruz-Acosta, communications manager for the city manager’s office, told The Texas Tribune that the Trump campaign owes the city 9,204.63

Donald Trump wearing a suit and tie: The half a million dollars the Trump campaign owes El Paso is for security and other expenses related to a rally held in 2019. Joe Raedle/Getty Images © Joe Raedle/Getty Images The half a million dollars the Trump campaign owes El Paso is for security and other expenses related to a rally held in 2019. Joe Raedle/Getty Images
  • The El Paso city council voted on Monday to hire legal counsel to help collect the more than half a million dollars owed to the city by the Trump campaign from a rally almost two years ago, local station KTSM reported.
  • The city reportedly spent about $470,000 on security and other expenses for the February 2019 rally. The additional debt is for a one-time late payment fee of about $99,000.
  • The city council vote came days after news that National Guard personnel were deployed to the western Texas city to help with overflowing morgues as it battles the latest surge in COVID-19 cases.
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The City of El Paso hired legal counsel to help it collect the more than half a million dollars owed to the city by the Trump campaign from a rally almost two years ago, local station KTSM reported.

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They gave up trying to collect after about nine months, iirc. The city of Lynden likely won’t ever try to get it. Unfortunately, that's unlikely to work. "Donald J. Trump ", the person doesn't owe the money, "Donald J. Trump for President, Inc.", the corporation owes the money.

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The city council voted unanimously on Monday to hire external lawyers to help collect the nearly $570,000 in debt that the city has been trying to collect since February 2019.

A Trump campaign rally took place that month at the El Paso County Coliseum. The city spent about $470,000 on security and other expenses, according to the Texas Tribune. The additional debt is for a one-time late payment fee of about $99,000, or 21%.

The city council vote came days after news that National Guard personnel were deployed to the western Texas city to help with overflowing morgues as it battles the latest surge in COVID-19 cases.

Earlier this month, El Paso Mayor Dee Margo told Business Insider's Charles Davis that the city is in need of federal funding to help fight the spread of the virus and protect the local economy.

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Trump traveled to El Paso in mid-February of this year for his first political rally of 2019, where he made his case for a border wall Like most presidential campaign travel, the trip incurred a variety of police and public safety-related costs billed to the Trump campaign by the municipal government.

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"We all are seeing firsthand the struggles that everyday El Paso families have, in addition to the challenges that we have in our own budget," Peter Svarzbein, a city council member, said, according to KTSM.

"So this amount of money is not inconsequential and also the message that we send that nobody is above the law is also an important one for our community to understand as well," he added.

The Tribune also reported the city considered suing the campaign earlier this year over the owed money.

"We're on unprecedented territory by having to collect an outstanding invoice from a sitting president," the city attorney, Karla Nieman, reportedly told the Tribune.

The city said the decision to hire outside counsel would not fall on the taxpayers, as the Law Office of Snapper L. Carr is only to be paid if the debt is successfully collected.

The Trump campaign did not respond to Business Insider's request for comment.

It is not clear how much debt the Trump campaign holds. Donations solicited this month to supposedly pay for President Donald Trump's legal challenges regarding the election were actually mostly going to be used to pay off campaign debt, according to the fine print on the donations page.

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