- The city of Albuquerque is still trying to get the Trump campaign to pay a $211,000 bill from 2019.
- Officials sent the bill to Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort and referred it to a debt collections agency.
- At least 15 cities have struggled to get the Trump campaign to pay its bills.
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City officials in Albuquerque, New Mexico, are still chasing down a $211,175.94 bill incurred by former president Donald Trump’s campaign nearly two years ago.
After a campaign event in the city in 2019, the Trump campaign was billed for increased police services and the use of a municipal building.
“The President’s campaign stop in the Albuquerque area cost the taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars, including over 1500 hours of police overtime that was required by the campaign,” Tim Keller, Albuquerque’s mayor, said in a statement to The Hill at the time.
But the debt has yet to paid, prompting city officials to try new tactics. The bill, which was initially sent to Donald J. Trump for President Inc. in New York, has since been resent to Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Resort, a city spokesperson told the Albuquerque Journal.
The city has also hired a collections agency to pursue payment of the debt, Keller said during a recent interview with “The Daily Show.”
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The Democratic mayor said Trump “should be getting these annoying voicemails that, like, we get usually from scam companies where it’s like ‘You owe debts.'”
“I think Mar-a-Lago is now getting those calls,” he said.
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Keller said when Trump’s rally occurred, the campaign made the city shut down the downtown area and close city hall, resulting in “tremendous” costs to the city.
A representative for Trump did not respond to Insider’s request for comment but the campaign has said in the past that it is not responsible for cities’ police bills.
At least 15 cities have struggled to get the Trump campaign to pay bills for policing and public safety during rallies, Insider’s Dave Levinthal reported in December. At the time, the Trump campaign had nearly $2 million in unpaid bills from cities for Trump’s rallies.
In November, the city of El Paso, Texas, lawyered up to pursue an unpaid bill for $570,000 from the Trump campaign.
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