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Hundreds Of People Say Trump Doesn't Pay His Bills

| by Michael Allen
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Hundreds of people allege Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump didn't pay them for their work; some of the claimants include Trump's own lawyers.

A new USA TODAY investigation found Trump has been involved in more than 3,500 lawsuits during the past 30 years, with a "large number of those" claiming Trump or Trump-owned companies refused to pay up.

Some of the entities that assert the GOP front-runner didn't pay them include: 48 waiters, numerous bartenders and other workers at Trump-owned resorts and clubs, real estate brokers (commissions), casino cabinet maker, a carpet company, a glass business, a plumber, painters and even lawyers who previously represented Trump against these types of non-payment lawsuits.

Trump-owned companies have reportedly been cited 24 times for not paying overtime or minimum wage by the U.S. Department of Labor; the back wages were eventually paid.

The newspaper also found contractors and employees filed more than 200 mechanic’s liens ranging from $75,000 to $1 million against Trump or Trump-owned businesses and properties dating back to the 1980s.

Trump's legal teams have fought lawsuits in courts for years, sometimes dragging out the process until the person or company suing couldn't afford to keep going.

In other instances, either Trump won in court or reached a confidential settlement with the opposing side.

In response to the report, Trump told USA TODAY: "Let’s say that they do a job that’s not good, or a job that they didn’t finish, or a job that was way late. I’ll deduct from their contract, absolutely. That’s what the country should be doing."

However, Trump  offered to hire the same contractors, who supposedly didn't do a good job, again.

Trump also told the newspaper that the cases against him were "a long time ago," but new claims are coming to light as he runs for president.

Despite the numerous lawsuits, settlements and wage violations, Trump insisted: "We pay everybody what they’re supposed to be paid, and we pay everybody on time. And we employ thousands and thousands of people. OK?"

Ivanka Trump, executive vice president of The Trump Organization and Trump's daughter, said: "We have hundreds of millions of dollars of construction projects underway. And we have, for the most part, exceptional contractors on them who get paid, and get paid quickly. But it would be irresponsible if my father paid contractors who did lousy work. And he doesn’t do that."

In more Trump news, Fox Business host Stuart Varney asked actress and Fox News contributor Stacey Dash on June 9 if she thought Trump could win a sizable portion of the black vote, notes Crooks And Liars.

"I know he can because black people like to make money," Dash replied. "They like their money and what they’re not being given is the chance to do that and he will give them the tools and the opportunities. That’s what they need."

Later in the broadcast, Dash said she has a strategy to work with Trump to help secure the African American vote:

What he has to do is get on the ground, get before these people in the inner cities and let them know that he cares. And I actually will be a part of that. I have a plan to do that, a strategy...

...And I have high-level minorities that are very prominent and they are willing to be a part of this strategy with me. It’s a tactical strategy that’s been used in Afghanistan and it’s worked, and I can use it domestically and I will get the Republican vote.

Dash went on to say she was recently dropped by her Hollywood agent because of her conservative politics.

Dash didn't elaborate, but the actress made news in May when she slammed Caitlyn Jenner and said that transgender people should use the bushes as their bathroom.

Sources: USA TODAY, Crooks And Liars / Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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