The City of La Crosse Police Department announced their intention to require presidential campaigns to provide a 50 percent up- front payment for the anticipated expenses associated with campaign visits.
For the past two decades, La Crosse has been a consistent destination for presidential candidates from both parties.
These visits have produced a significant stress on city resources and staffing. A review of the 2016 presidential campaign revealed the La Crosse Police Department have three unpaid invoices totaling more than $10,000.
And with the 2020 presidential campaign ready to ramp up, La Crosse police want to be upfront with this information, rather than waiting until a visit is scheduled for the area.
“The implication of having $10,000+ of unexpected overtime expenses can cripple a budget that we have worked hard to maintain. Ultimately, we want to ensure that city taxpayers are not stuck footing the bill for presidential campaign visits; especially considering the millions of dollars these campaigns raise,” said Assistant Chief, Rob Abraham.