Eau Claire (WQOW)- Political candidates are expected to flock to Wisconsin ahead of the 2020 election, including to Eau Claire, but our city is still working to collect from the last flood of candidates.
One of them who failed to settle their tab, is now our president.
Donald Trump was in Eau Claire back in April 2016 campaigning for the 2016 election primary.
During his time here, an extra police presence was needed outside Memorial High School.
The city even brought in officers from outside the city for help.
In total, Finance Director for the City of Eau Claire Jay Winzenz said Trump owes the city $47,000, none of which has been paid.
On that same day, Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton was in Eau Claire, speaking to supporters at the Lismore.
Winzenz said Hillary Clinton still owes the city $7,000, because the police department provided security outside the hotel.
Like Trump, she has not paid back a penny.
As we gear up for another busy political season, Winzenz said if and when candidates come to Eau Claire, the city will continue to work, to keep the public safe.
“Really it was public safety protection outside of the venue and making sure that the candidate, supporters, as well as the protesters, were safe and protected and that they could conduct their free speech activities,” Winzenz said.
Officials said they billed both candidates back in 2016 but don’t expect to ever see that money.
As for the venues they rented, Winzenz couldn’t say whether they paid in full to use those spaces.
He said if a candidate does ever use a facility from the city, like a park pavilion, the city would make sure they’re paid up front.