National City says the Bernie Sanders campaign still owes $28,000 for May rally

Posted at 5:30 PM, Oct 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-10 20:55:06-04

NATIONAL CITY, Calif. - National City officials say they no longer want to "Feel the Bern," as the campaign for one-time presidential candidate Bernie Sanders owes the South Bay city nearly $30,000 for a rally the city hosted in May.

"It was a big event," National City Director of Neighborhood Services Armando Vergara said of the May 21 rally.

The city only had three days to get permits, streets and police ready for the event that included Secret Service details and 7,000 Sanders supporters. The event went off without a hitch, but the Sanders campaign left town without paying the $28,337.28 bill.

National City has sent four notices during the last five months.

"We did get one email response as it relates to our invoices and it was basically that they were not going to pay for the law enforcement fees. It was the responsibility of the Secret Service," said Vergara, who forwarded that message to the Secret Service.

The Secret Service told National City the bill is the campaign's responsibility.

"We're now getting ready to send out a demand letter," said Vergara.

The city could take the campaign to court if that doesn't work.

"It is frustrating," said Vergara.

According to published reports, the Sanders campaign also owes money to the cities of Vallejo and Tucson.