The final electoral vote of the 2016 presidential election has been certified, but Spokane still has not received payments from three candidates who held rallies in the Lilac City during the campaign.
Spokane police confirmed a report by the Center for Public Integrity on Wednesday that president-elect Donald Trump has not paid the $65,124 bill for overtime hours worked by officers on his May 7 visit, which drew protests outside the Spokane Convention Center. The department also said the campaigns for Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders have not paid invoices charged for work during events at the convention center, Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena and Spokane Falls Community College. Sanders held two rallies that cost the department about $33,000, and Clinton’s husband, former President Bill Clinton, gave a speech at the college that cost about $2,800.
The department said the costs were almost exclusively overtime for officers who provided security at the events.
In its most recent filing with the Federal Election Commission on Nov. 28, the Trump campaign reported $7.6 million cash on hand. Sanders reported $4.7 million. Clinton reported about $839,000.
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