November 2, 2016

In the latest video from the Main Street Alliance, a national network of state-based small business coalitions, Mike Price of New Jersey tells the story of why he wouldn’t let his Price Communications go into business with Donald Trump’s Atlantic City casinos:

“With Trump, it’s like, ‘if you don’t do my way, sue me. And you’re going to come up with a settlement anyway, so take it or leave it.’ Well, I chose to leave it. It was a good decision on my behalf based on the horror stories I’m hearing from other business people which have had difficulties getting paid and maybe not been paid at all. The devastation left by Trump and his cut-and-run business ways is still costing us here in this area.”

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UPDATE from C&L: Trump is shirking a $767,000 bill from his pollster before the election, which is highly unusual timing. The Daily Beast Reports:

Given [Trump’s] history of not paying vendors, and his statement that if they haven't done adequate work he's not going to pay them, it's not surprising to see in his campaign that he would have a contested debt,” said Lawrence Noble, the general counsel of the Campaign Legal Center. “From his previous statements, he seems to think that's a very valid way to do business, if he's not happy with a vendor: to not pay them.”

A USA Today analysis found that Trump has been involved in more than 3,500 lawsuits over the past thirty years, and that a large number of these lawsuits relate to people who believe Trump and his companies have failed to pay up.

“Mr. Trump may be pursuing the Newt Gingrich style of campaigning, which is a strategy of stringing along the various small businesses working for your election only to leave them holding the bag at the end of the day,” quipped Sanderson, the Republican pollster.

Trump's companies have also been subjected to at least 24 citations for violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

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