Trump Campaign Still Hasn't Paid $470K Bill For February MAGA Rally in El Paso: Report

Donald Trump's campaign still hasn't paid an overdue $470,417.05 bill for the president's Make America Great Again rally that was held in El Paso in February.

Trump and former Texas congressman Beto O'Rourke (D), who officially announced his 2020 presidential campaign in March, held two distinctly opposing rallies on the same February night in the Texas border city. Since the event ended, O'Rourke paid the entire amount — $28,630.50 — owed to the city before his bill was due on May 24. Meanwhile, Trump's campaign still owes El Paso $470,417.05, ABC News reported on Monday. The president's invoice was due on April 26, according to the 29-page document obtained by ABC-7.

The March 27 invoice, sent to Donald J. Trump for President, Inc., consisted of fees from six departments: $6,286.57 was owed to El Paso's Police Department, $60,630.84 to the Fire Department, $15,577.52 to Sun Metro, $6,286.57 to the Department of Aviation and $528 to the Health Department.

Almost a month after the invoice's due date, El Paso penned a letter to the Trump campaign team warning them of a hefty penalty fee if the amount is still not paid within 30 days. "Failure to pay your past due balance or to make acceptable payment arrangement within 30 days from the date of this notice (May 23) may result in your account being charged a one-time collection fee of 21 percent on your gross account receivable balance," an official from El Paso's Office of the Comptroller said in the letter.

If the Trump campaign fails to adhere to the mid-June deadline, the 21 percent penalty fee would add nearly $100,000 to the bill.

In a statement to ABC News, El Paso's chief financial officer Robert Cortinas noted that the city is "fiscally responsible." "As with any invoices we issue out, our expectation is to be paid for the services rendered," he added. The total amount owed to the city from Trump's campaign equates to roughly 63 percent of El Paso's contingency budget for the year.

Michael Glassner, chief operating officer for the Trump campaign, suggested El Paso has overcharged his team for the rally and said they are currently "reviewing" the invoice.

"Since 2015, the Trump Campaign has held nearly 550 rallies all over the country, and this invoice is roughly 10 times the amount that a locality generally asks to be reimbursed," Glassner told ABC News. "We are reviewing it."

El Paso told the news outlet that the city would have to absorb the difference if the Trump campaign refuses to pay the amount.

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U.S. President Donald Trump attends a rally at the El Paso County Coliseum on February 11, 2019 in El Paso, Texas. The Trump campaign has still not paid the $470K bill owed to the City of El Paso for the rally. Getty/Joe Raedle
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