Donald Trump claims to love law enforcement, but he is stiffing local police and not pay the bills for security at his rallies.
Trump stiffs the cops who provide security at his rallies
The Center For Public Integrity investigated and found:
But when Lebanon City Hall sent Trump’s campaign a $16,191 invoice for police and other public safety costs associated with his event, Trump didn’t respond. Trump’s campaign likewise ignored Lebanon officials’ follow-up reminders to cover the sum — one rich enough to fund the entire police force for nearly two days in this modest city of 21,000, between Dayton and Cincinnati.
At least nine other city governments — from Mesa, Arizona, to Erie, Pennsylvania — are still waiting for Trump to pay public safety-related invoices they’ve sent his presidential campaign committee in connection with his political rallies, according to interviews with local officials and municipal records obtained by the Center for Public Integrity.
Some invoices are three years old. In all, city governments say Trump’s campaign owes them at least $841,219.
Five municipal public safety bills — from Green Bay and Eau Claire, Wisconsin; Tucson, Arizona; Burlington, Vermont, and Spokane, Washington — date back to 2016, before Trump became president.
The President Of The United States is bilking local governments out of nearly a million dollars. The problem is made worse by the fact that Trump tends to hold his rallies in places of political strength, and that often means local governments that are financially struggling.
Trump loves law enforcement, but not enough to pay them for doing security at his rallies.
Donald Trump isn’t entitled to free security at his campaign events. His campaign is separate from the presidency. Trump should be reimbursing the taxpayers for the use of Air Force One to travel to and from the rallies.
Trump’s lifetime of not paying bills means that these local governments probably aren’t going to see a dime of what Trump owes them.
The next time that the president holds one of his rallies keep in mind that he may be costing that town money because everywhere Donald Trump goes, somebody else pays.
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Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA.Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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