Police Chief: Bernie Is the First Candidate to Ever Offer and Pay Police Overtime

Bernie Sanders Marshalltown Iowa Chief Mike Tupper Overtime Debt Expenses
Bernie Sanders Marshalltown Iowa Chief Mike Tupper Debt Campaign Expenses

Marshalltown, Iowa Police Chief Mike Tupper (Center) and two other officers talk to students about their careers at Lenihan Intermediate School on March 15.


IOWA (VFB) — When Presidential candidates come to town, local police departments spring into action to ensure not only that candidate’s safety, but the safety of the public and everyone involved.  Substantial time and resources are spent planning and executing such events, which if not reimbursed by the campaigns, must be covered by local taxpayers.

“I think a lot of people just assume that those costs are being reimbursed, and they aren’t,” Marshalltown, IA Police Chief Mike Tupper, told me over the phone Tuesday afternoon.

I am happy to report that Bernie Sanders paid.”

Not only did Sanders pay, “He actually asked up front how much, and he paid those costs, which makes him the first candidate to do so in my 23 years [of law enforcement in Iowa].”


“Bernie Sanders actually asked up front how much, and he paid those costs, which makes him the first candidate to do so in my 23 years.” Mike Tupper, Marshalltown Police Chief


For 10 years during the 1980s, Bernie Sanders served as the highly popular Mayor of Burlington, Vermont. It is no surprise then to see his campaign show an understanding and respect for the challenges faced by municipalities and local police departments.

According to Tupper, Donald Trump’s campaign also recently paid the invoice sent them by the City of Marshalltown. That makes Hillary Clinton’s campaign the lone holdout.

Nearly two months ago, Chief Tupper sent a friendly notice, “I am sending this letter as a request for reimbursement from the Hilary Clinton campaign for these expenses.”

Bernie Sanders Marshalltown Iowa Chief Mike Tupper Debt Campaign Expenses

Tupper said after receiving no answer, he sent out another letter on March 11.

To date, “We’re still paitiently waiting on a response from the Clinton campaign.”

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For a candidate who has raised over $200 million this election, $2,474.87 should be easy to cover.

When asked if he thought the Clinton camp would follow suit and pay the invoice like Sanders and Trump, Tupper replied, “I’m hopeful.”

Marshalltown isn’t alone.  Other cities, like the capital of Des Moines, also incurred additional overtime expenses, which to date remain unpaid by the Clinton campaign.

Bernie Sanders Marshalltown Iowa Chief Mike Tupper Debt Campaign Expenses


Unfortunately for residents in these Iowa towns, Clinton has an awful record of paying her bills on time — despite being bankrolled by Wall Street.

During her 2008 Presidential bid, Clinton racked up an eye-popping $25 million of debt, which took her until 2013 to pay back.  Clinton’s last debt was repaid over four years after it was accrued.

Bernie Sanders Marshalltown Iowa Chief Mike Tupper Debt Campaign Expenses


With her campaign now officially suspended, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton is confronting still another challenge: whittling down what is believed to be the largest presidential campaign debt in history.New York Times (June 10, 2008)


To pay off the debt, in 2012 Politico reported, “Bill Clinton is asking his wife’s supporters to help pay off lingering debt from her 2008 presidential campaign as speculation grows on whether she will run again in 2016.”

“In a message to Hillary Clinton’s email list, the former president offered donors the chance to spend a day with him in New York City if they gave to the fund before December 6.”

Though she’d prefer you forget, in 2014 Clinton claimed to have left the White House in 2001 “not only dead broke but in debt,” saying her and Bill “struggled to piece together the resources for mortgages for houses.” (Here are the houses).

It’s hard to take Clinton seriously when she talks about paying down the national debt, when she has such a poor history of paying her own debts.

Bernie Sanders Marshalltown Iowa Chief Mike Tupper Debt Campaign Expenses

For Chief Tupper and his officers, it’s a matter of principle.

“I don’t like to get too political,” he said. “It doesn’t matter if its Democrats or Republicans, I think it’s appropriate that they cover their own costs.”

As far as Bernie Sanders’ offer and up front payment is concerned, “He had a rather small request, but I still thought it was interesting.”

“Definitely a first.”


Tyson MankerTyson Manker is a former combat marine, attorney, college professor, and candidate for State’s Attorney in Morgan County Illinois. He serves as the National Director of Vets for Bernie. Follow him on Twitter @mankerlaw.

11 Comments

  1. Liam says:

    You posted private pay information with names of the officers that worked this, Way to go.

  2. Butch Whitehouse says:

    If you are a public employee then your pay is a matter of public record. If you don’t like that then don’t collect a pay check funded by the public. For the record I am a former public employee.

  3. Sonya says:

    A reddit thread recommended this article with a ton of positive comments. I couldn’t agree more. I have to say that life highlights this year include being so proud of Veterans for Bernie, finally having a candidate that realizes our veterans need our support, watching Gabbard stand up for Bernie against the establishment, and watching hilarious and dedicated bernie supporters refuse to give up. One comment I read that I completely second is that donating to the campaign is a privilege, and great that the money is well spent. Thanks for your service and continued service bringing this to light.

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  5. Michael says:

    Yeah but he used someone elses’s money…..

    • Madge says:

      He used money that people donated to him to run his campaign. When the money was donated it became the campaigns money. Nice try.

  6. Watchmen says:

    Good for him… Too bad when he ran the VA it like many others failed us

  7. Terry says:

    Gotta love how Trump’s payment made mention was buried in the post. Should have said “Sanders and Trump paid. The Hilary did not.”

  8. Scott says:

    Yeh it’s not bernie’s money. Lol

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