The Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority has billed Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign $56,431 for the use of the Charlotte Convention Center for Tuesday’s rally for the Democratic candidate.
The CRVA said the Clinton campaign paid the regular rate for the space. The tourism authority charged the campaign overtime for some set-up costs since work was done over the July 4 weekend.
The biggest expense was $26,400 for space rental. The rally, held with President Barack Obama, used exhibit Hall C. The campaign also used overflow space for about 2,500 people.
The CRVA also billed Hillary for America $21,093 for audio and visual equipment; $414 for catering; $1,840 for “facility services”; $330 for first aid; $1,940 for “utility services”; and $4,290 to Show Pro, a vendor that provides set-up for Convention Center events.
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For the record, the event’s catering bill was for the following: $52 for soft drinks and water; $194.25 for fresh seasonal fruit with yogurt sauce; and $126 for coffee.
When the Democratic National Convention was held in Charlotte in 2012, part of the city’s bid included free use of the Convention Center, which was used by the media. The city and CRVA believed the DNC had such a large economic impact that it was worth giving the space for free.
It’s common for the CRVA to offer discounts in order to attract conventions.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Deputy Chief Jeff Estes said the department didn’t incur overtime for its security work.
“We pull for a normal complement of staff,” he said, refusing to give details on how many officers were used for security reasons.
“Historically when a sitting president comes to a city, we have a long-standing history of providing assistance to Secret Service,” he said.