This US City is Sending the Trump Campaign to Collections Over Unpaid Bills

The Trump campaign has refused to settle its $200,000 bill from a 2019 rally, so the city of Albuquerque is sending them to collections.

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Donald Trump has never gone more than 3 or 4 minutes without talking about how rich he is. Those in the New York City area, though, know that he has a bad reputation for stiffing the people who he does business with. Trump’s business career has been stained by hundreds of lawsuits over unpaid invoices.

These practices didn’t stop during his political career. A number of different cities have noted that Trump refused to pay for services rendered during his rally appearances. Rather than letting him get away with it, the city of Albuquerque will be reporting him to collections.

Mayor Tim Keller said during the appearance, the city blocked off roads and paid overtime for police officers. He explains, “We actually treated it like any other debt, and so it goes through a somewhat process where you send a bunch of letters out. We got no response from those letters. And then automatically, it does go to an agency that helps try and collect debts, and so that’s those annoying phone calls you get that say, you know, you owe money to so-and-so like now, Trump is getting those.”

In the end, though, Keller doesn’t expect to be paid. “Given what else has happened, I mean in terms of, even his own campaign owing money to donors and lots of shady stuff there, so unfortunately I don’t really expect us to get paid,” he said. “But it’s important that we do, and you know, we would do it for anyone else, so he’s no different.”

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