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El Paso: Trump Campaign Owes $569,204 From MAGA Rally

El Paso: Trump Campaign Owes $569,204 From MAGA Rally

President Donald Trump. (Evan Vucci/AP)

By    |   Tuesday, 06 August 2019 01:52 PM

President Donald Trump plans to visit El Paso on Wednesday after the weekend shooting attack that killed 22 people, but city officials say the president's campaign still owes $569,204 from his February rally.

Trump's campaign originally owed $470,417.05 for police and other public-safety services, officials told The Texas Tribune, but they added a 21% one-time late fee in June, which was 30 days after the initial amount went unpaid.

"The city staff have followed the process and procedures as it relates to any invoicing that we provide, and we will continue to do so accordingly as per city and state policies," Laura Cruz-Acosta, communications manager for the El Paso city manager’s office, told the Tribune on Monday.

In late May, the city sent the Trump campaign a letter requesting payment for the "Make America Great Again" rally, The El Paso Times reported last month.

The bill included amounts owed to six city departments, ranging from $528 to nearly $381,000.

President Trump is visiting El Paso and Dayton, Ohio, Wednesday following the weekend attacks that killed 31 people within 24 hours.

"Our resources are really strained right now," Alexsandra Annello, a member of the El Paso City Council, told the Tribune.

"Our police and fire are exhausted, our health department had for three days straight been working with the reunification of families.

"As you see from the bill, these are the services required for a presidential visit," Annello added. "In addition to financial costs, our community and resources already are strained and do not need this extra burden."

Trump campaign officials have not responded to queries from various news organizations about the outstanding bill.

Trump's Feb. 11 rally was held at the El Paso County Coliseum. He reiterated his support for a border wall to stop illegal immigration and slammed Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke, the El Paso native who represented the city in Congress.

O'Rourke had a rally the same night at another El Paso site — and the city charged his campaign about $21,000, the Tribune reports. The bill was paid in May.

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President Donald Trump plans to visit El Paso on Wednesday after the weekend shooting attack that killed 22 people, but city officials say the president's campaign still owes $569,204 from his February rally.
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