Report: Clinton campaign still owes Philly money for rally security

Democratic Candidate for President Hillary Clinton shakes a few hands as she attends a rally in the courtyard of City Hall on April 25, 2016.

The presidential election is over, but many municipalities, including Philadelphia, are still dealing with the financial aftermath of the long campaign season.

Cities across the country are now struggling to get the campaigns to pay bills stemming from police security provided at rallies and other events.

A Center for Public Integrity analysis found that at least three dozen jurisdictions nationwide say campaigns have thus far ignored hundreds of thousands of dollars in security bills.

President-elect Donald Trump's campaign hasn't paid nearly $204,000 in police-related invoices, the analysis found, citing municipal billing records. Hillary Clinton's campaign hasn't paid at least $25,000. 

Among the cities waiting for payment: Philadelphia, which is still waiting for the Clinton campaign to pay a $2,678 invoice from an April 25 rally at City Hall

Philadelphia officials have already sent the campaign a debt-collection letter and are about to send a "final collection letter" before the matter goes to the city's legal department, city spokeswoman Ajeenah Amir told the news outlet.

Amir said Thursday that the invoice was for sanitation, barricade deployment and electrical power. She said the campaign had no other outstanding debts.

Neither Clinton nor Trump acknowledges in federal campaign financial disclosures that cities are owed money for security bills, the center reported. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders' campaign, however, says in campaign filings that it owes 23 law enforcement agencies a combined $449,409 for event security.

Among the jurisdictions that had trouble getting money from the Sanders campaign was Upper Providence Township in Montgomery County, which sent the campaign a $25,620 invoice for security at an April event.

“They said [the bill] was exorbitant and too high, and that they didn’t ask for the manpower,” Police Chief Mark Toomey told the center. “What if I said, ‘Look, you’re on your own, have fun,’ and a fight breaks out, or something terrible happens? I’m the one who gets skewered — the negatives are endless.”

The two sides ultimately settled the bill, with the Sanders campaign paying $2,250.