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Bernie Sanders’ Campaign Faces Lawsuit After Refusing to Pay Police

Sanders’ campaign held a rally in a town just south of San Diego in May 2016 and never paid for the service of local police and public works employees.

Bernie Sanders Police Pay

Though the speeches are over and the bunting long packed away, Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-VT) 2016 presidential campaign is back in the headlines, and not in a good way.

NBC’s San Diego affiliate reported that National City, a town just south of San Diego, is working with a debt collection agency to get money it is owed by the Sanders campaign for a rally the socialist held at Kimball Park in May 21, 2016.

Sanders’ campaign owes more than $31,000, but did not respond to an invoice and several follow up phone calls. That prompted National City to sue Sanders’ campaign:

“There was a number of requirements from secret service and the campaign that the city needed to provide,” said Mayor Ron Morrison Tuesday. “We could not go less than what the secret service was requiring. So we had to bring in police on overtime and Public Works on overtime. So the only thing that we are asking for is what those costs were.”

The mayor said after late fees are factored in, the Bernie Sanders campaign now owes over $31,000 to National City.

In October, the Sanders campaign told San Diego’s News 7 that “police overtime costs are the responsibility of the Secret Service.” Secret Service said they could not pay “for campaign stuff,” according to National City Mayor Ron Morrison.

Sanders’ National City event was so last minute – put together within 72 hours – that there was not time to collect the fees up front, according to the mayor, who said he doesn’t know why the Sanders’ campaign is playing hardball over money owed to public employees.

“They still have a campaign account,” Morrison told NBC 7. “It is still very well funded. So we’re perplexed on why they’re not just paying it.”