The town of Albuquerque refers the Trump marketing campaign to a debt assortment company
The city of Albuquerque referred former President Donald Trump’s campaign to a debt collection agency after the campaign was not paid for approximately $ 200,000 after the then president’s rally in Rio Rancho in 2019.
“We actually treated it like any other debt and so it goes through a process of you mailing a few letters,” said Tim Keller, Albuqerque Mayor, noting that the bill covers the security expenses Trump incurred – including the lockdown of the area, paying overtime for police officers and taking paid time off for workers who were forced to stay at home – after staying overnight in a hotel in downtown Albuqerque.
“We have received no reply from these letters. And then it automatically goes to an agency that helps collect debt and those are those annoying phone calls you get saying you owe money like this and like now, Trump gets this. ” he added.
The Trump campaign has a long history of not paying its bills. In November, Newsweek reported that Trump was leaving office with over $ 850,000 in unpaid rally bills. For example, the city of El Paso, Texas, was forced to hire a lawyer after the Trump campaign failed to pay additional local police and fire services of $ 470,000 and additional fees of $ 99,000 for late payments.
Keller noted that he doesn’t expect the debt collection agency to succeed in getting the Trump campaign to pay off the debt.
“Given what else has happened, I even mean his own campaign that owes money to donors and lots of shady things. Unfortunately, I don’t really expect us to get paid,” he said. “But it’s important that we do it, and you know we’d do it for anyone else, so he’s no different.”
Alan is a New York-based writer, editor, and news junkie.