Manchester police were a constant presence outside the SNHU Arena on Aug. 15 while crowds of people were gathering to enter the arena for the President Donald Trump rally and people were demonstrating on the corner of Lake and Elm Streets.

MANCHESTER — The city police department spent just over $10,000 on the August campaign rally for President Donald Trump.

The Union Leader submitted a right-to-know request for information on how much the campaign rally cost the city. In response, the Manchester Police Department said it spent $10,088.75 on the campaign rally. The bill is a tiny fraction of the Manchester Police Department’s $25.3 million budget— $10,088.75 is about 0.04% of the department’s total.

In a letter, police Capt. Steve Mangone claimed any more detailed information was exempt from disclosure to the public. He said the department would not specify how many officers worked around the rally, or how many hours of overtime were required.

The city will bear that cost: Assistant Chief Ryan Grant said in August the city would not bill the campaign for the expense of hosting the President’s campaign event. The policy is the same for any sitting President, he said.

The Minneapolis, Minn., mayor had asked the Trump campaign to pay a $530,000 “public safety fee” ahead of his Thursday rally there. Trump disputed the fee this week, and his campaign called the charge “phony and outlandish.”

The amount cities charge for Trump’s splashy campaign rallies varies widely, according to records obtained by the Center for Public Integrity, a nonpartisan news outlet.

The city of Mesa, Ariz., estimated an October 2018 rally cost $64,467.56. Erie, Pa., billed the campaign $35,129.27 for a rally the same month. The bill from El Paso, Texas, for a March 2019 rally was almost half a million dollars, including more than $380,000 in police expenses.

Manchester’s costs were lower; about $15,000 including the police department’s and the fire department’s expenses. Fire Chief Daniel Goonan estimated the fire department paid about $5,000 for firefighters and EMTs around the arena, and said the company that manages the arena paid for the EMTs inside.

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