Records of university expenses show EKU has billed the Donald Trump For President campaign over $32,000 for the political rally on Saturday, Oct. 13.
The biggest expenses included items like rental for Alumni Coliseum, security officers, backstage staffing and portable toilets.
Conferencing and Events charged the Trump campaign $10,800 to rent Alumni for two days, the rental contract showed. The $5,400 daily rate charged to the campaign is the highest Conferencing can charge, Jill Price, executive director for Conferencing and Events, said.
“Which we would do for any group like that, for that scale of event,” Price said.
However, the rental contract only amounted to roughly a third of the overall cost. According to an invoice to the campaign obtained by the Progress through an open records request, costs such as security, tables and backstage staffing amounted to $21,530.19.
Andy Frain Services, who provided security for the event, racked up over $5,000 in expenses. The original cost was set for roughly $6,300, but Andy Frain lowered the bill after two security officers couldn’t show, Price said. The campaign pays for security, Price said, but Conferencing and Events handles the booking.
“We try to be a one stop shop with what we do for external groups,” Price said. “We will reach out to them through here and send them one inclusive bill so that we’re not nickle-and-diming and that we’re not having to receive a lot of different invoices.”
Expenses like technical staffing and portable toilets cost the campaign more, though, at $6,479 and $6,018 respectively.
While Andy Frain handled all of the security inside the rally, 21 EKU police officers were on duty around the premises, said Bryan Makinen, EKU director for public safety and risk management. A handful of EKU parking staff also helped with the security effort, Makinen said.
Also present were the Kentucky State Police, Richmond Police De- partment, Madison County Sheriff ’s office, University of Kentucky Police Department, Richmond Fire Department, Madison County Fire Department, Madison County EMS and Madison County Emergency Management Agency. The university is under a mutual aid agreement with those departments to help with events of this magnitude, and did not enter into any new contracts with them, Makinen said.
Madison County Sheriff's Deputy and Public Information Officer Michael Stotts said the sheriff’s office sent 22 officers to help with security. All of the officers were scheduled to work that day and none received overtime pay, Stotts said.
The sheriff ’s office also made a handful of arrests in the area surrounding the rally, Stotts said. Three individuals were arrested for public intoxication, one of which was also charged with disorderly conduct. Stotts said the disorderly individual approached the entrance of the rally with a government employee ID, intoxicated and refused to leave once they were told to do so.
For the most part, Makinen said things went smoothly thanks to the cooperation among public safety departments.
“I was very proud of the way everyone came together,” Makinen said.
The Eastern Progress will follow up with more details on the economic impact of the rally on local police departments and the city of Richmond.