This segment originally aired Jan. 13, 2016, on VICE News Tonight on HBO.When political candidates blow through town, they leave more than a trail of big promises and broken placards. They also leave behind a pile of debt.
Between them, the Trump, Clinton, and Sanders campaigns still owe towns and cities at least $678,000 for security and other costs incurred during the 2016 cycle. And many municipalities aren’t happy about getting stiffed.“You know, it’s unfortunate that we’re stuck absorbing these costs,” said Tucson, Arizona city attorney Mike Rankin, who originally threatened to sue but decided to back down. City officials claim the Trump and Sanders’ campaigns combined owe over $126,000.