Donald Trump Owes $767,000 to a Pollster Hired by the Campaign and Is Now Refusing to Pay Up

Donald Trump has a very long track record of stiffing hundreds of small business owners who’ve literally built his real estate empire, causing many of them to go bankrupt or sending them into years of financial pain. Now a pollster hired by the campaign appears to be feeling the same pain:


Donald Trump's hiring of pollster Tony Fabrizio in May was viewed as a sign that the real estate mogul was finally bringing seasoned operatives into his insurgent operation.

But the Republican presidential nominee appears to have taken issue with some of the services provided by the veteran GOP strategist, who has advised candidates from 1996 GOP nominee Bob Dole to Florida Gov. Rick Scott. The Trump campaign's latest Federal Election Commission report shows that it is disputing nearly $767,000 that Fabrizio's firm says it is still owed for polling.

Trump campaign officials declined to provide details about the reason the campaign has declined to pay the sum to Fabrizio Lee, the pollster's Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based firm. “This is an administrative issue that we're resolving internally,” said senior communications adviser Jason Miller. Fabrizio did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

It’s unclear why Tony Fabrizio or any contractor would think they’d be paid in full for services rendered. Donald Trump’s own history proves he doesn’t operate that way and it is laughable to think he’d start now. Trump has repeatedly bragged about his love for spending "other people's money" so perhaps he’s just waiting on more money from suckers campaign contributions? Either way, contractors and campaign employees would be wise to demand payment upfront. 

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