Trump, Clinton campaign owe money to La Crosse Police Dept.
LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) — Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton may be the presumptive nominees in the race for the White House but both candidates owe the city of La Crosse money.
When a presidential candidate makes a campaign stop in town, it often sparks an interest in politics.
“I think it generates a lot more enthusiasm for voting and for the campaign when people have candidates coming and visiting,” said Vicki Burke, chair of La Crosse County Democratic Party.
But when the campaign leaves, it often leaves a dent in local law enforcement agencies.
“When we do have these presidential visits come to town, we do bill each of the campaigns for the time that we have to provide the extended security,” said Capt. Jason Melby with the La Crosse Police Department. “It is an impact on our resources, it is a disruption to the regular police services we provide, it puts people in for long hours.”
To cover the overtime and extra security, the city bills each campaign depending on the size of the event.
“It’s all strictly manpower,” said Melby.
Hillary Clinton’s campaign owes the La Crosse Police Department $349.35.
“When she came into town, she had a much smaller rally. Only a couple hundred people and we provided some level of security,” said Melby. “Five officers and one civilian were assigned overtime.”
Donald Trump’s campaign stop is another story. He currently owes the La Crosse Police Department $12,180.01.
“It’s a much larger rally, several thousand people in a much larger venue, which required much more police presence,” said Melby.
Melby says a total of 58 officers from three different agencies were assigned overtime for Trump’s rally.
“Given some of the issues some of the previous events around the state, and around the country, we had an elevated awareness of possible problems at the Trump rally so we had elevated security as well,” said Melby.
For presidential campaigns, getting an invoice from the local police department is nothing new.
“We fully anticipate receiving payment from both of these campaigns,” said Melby.
But it’s something Burke said the campaigns should pay in a timely manner because it’s all about the voters.
“I know it’s a pain for others, traffic has to be stopped and other things related to it, but I think it’s part of the democratic process to get to see and hear the candidate,” said Burke.
News 8 also asked the Onalaska Police Department about the cost of Bernie Sanders’ event at the Omni Center. They say they billed the senator more than $15,000 for that rally and the Sanders campaign has paid the amount in full.