- El Paso City Council on Monday voted to hire a legal adviser to help raise the more than half a million dollars the city demanded from the Trump campaign for a protest nearly two years ago, local station KTSM reported.
- The city reportedly spent about $ 470,000 on security and other expenses for the February 2019 protest. The additional debt is a one-time late fee of about $ 99,000.
- The city council vote came days after news came that National Guard personnel had been deployed to the western city of Texas to help the overflowing growls as they struggled with the recent boom in COVID-19 cases.
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The city of El Paso has hired a legal adviser to help raise the more than half a million dollars the city owed to the Trump campaign for a demonstration nearly two years ago, a local KTSM station reported.
The city council unanimously voted on Monday to hire outside attorneys to help recover the nearly $ 570,000 debt the city has been trying to recover since February 2019.
A Trump campaign meeting took place that month at the El Paso County Colosseum. According to the Texas Tribune, the city has spent about $ 470,000 on security and other expenses. The additional debt for a one-time late fee is approximately $ 99,000, or 21%.
The city council vote came days after news came that National Guard personnel had been deployed to the western city of Texas to help overflowing growls as they struggled with the latest boom in COVID-19 cases.
Earlier this month, Dee Margo, the mayor of El Paso, told Business Insider Charles Davis that the city needs federal funding to combat the spread of the virus and protect the local economy.
“We all see from our own hands the struggles of everyday El Paso families, in addition to the challenges inherent in our own budgets,” said Peter Svarzbein, a member of the city council, according to KTSM.
“So this amount of money is not insignificant, and so is the message we are sending that no one is above the law, it is also important that our community understands it,” he added.
The Tribune also reported that the city intends to sue the campaign earlier this year for debt.
“We are in an unprecedented area of having to pay an unbalanced bill from a seated president,” city lawyer Karla Nieman reportedly told the Tribune.
According to the city, the decision to hire an outside consultant is not up to the taxpayers, as Snapper L. Carr’s Law Firm will only be paid if the debt is successfully recovered.
The Trump campaign did not respond to Business Insider’s comments.
It is not clear how much debt the Trump campaign has. The donations this month were asked to pay President Donald Trump the legal challenges of the election, in fact, they will be mostly used to pay off campaign debts, according to the small print on the donations page.