Apr 23, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Albuquerque sends $211K bill for Trump campaign to Mar-a-Lago

A photo of former President Donald Trump looking out the window of a vehicle.

Former U.S. President Donald Trump leaves the Trump Tower in Manhattan on March 9 in New York City. City officials in Albuquerque, New Mexico have referred a $211,175 bill left unpaid by Trump's campaign to a collections agency. Photo: by James Devaney-GC Images/GettyImages

City officials in Albuquerque are trying to recoup costs for an unpaid Trump campaign bill totaling more than $211,000 incurred during a 2019 Rio Rancho rally, referring the six-figure tab to a debt collections agency.

Details: The city recently resent the outstanding bill for $211,175.94 to the former president's Mar-a-Lago resort after originally sending it to New York-based Donald J. Trump for President Inc., the Albuquerque Journal reported.

  • The city sent the invoice after the rally to cover costs associated with Trump's security at a downtown Albuquerque hotel.

Of note: It is standard procedure for the city to send bills that have gone unpaid for more than 60 days to collections agencies.

What they're saying: “In my mind, he owes us a lot more because there was about a day and a half where we couldn’t even function as a city,” Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller said in an interview with “The Daily Show” earlier this week.

  • Trump adviser Jason Miller said the campaign "does not owe any money here & this story should be retracted immediately. Security matters for a President are resolved by contacting the Secret Service."

Editor's note: This story has been updated with Trump campaign response.


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