El Paso, Texas, has decided to hire outside counsel in a further attempt to collect on the more than $500,000 the city is owed by the Trump campaign from a rally President Trump held there nearly two years ago, according to NBC News affiliate KTSM.
In light of the financial El Paso has taken from the coronavirus pandemic, city officials are particularly interested in finally collecting the money, which they’ve been waiting for since February 2019.
“We all are seeing firsthand the struggles that everyday El Paso families have, in addition to the challenges that we have in our own budget,” City Rep. Peter Svarzbein said during Tuesday’s council meeting. “So this amount of money is not inconsequential and also the message that we send that nobody is above the law is also an important one for our community to understand as well.”
The City Council voted unanimously on Monday to approve hiring the Law Office of Snapper L. Carr to assist in collecting the debt.
City officials said taxpayers would not be footing the bill, as Carr “is being hired on a contingency, which means he only gets paid if he collects.”
According to the Texas Tribune, the City previously considered suing the campaign earlier this year, however decided not to. As for now, that decision remains the same.
“It does not necessarily mean that the City will be filing a lawsuit, but that we will be using various methods to attempt to collect the debt owed to the City of El Paso,” Nieman said.
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