Trump refuses to pay his pollster more than $750k
The Republican candidate owes nearly $767,000 in "contested debt" to Fabrizio Lee, Fabrizio's polling firm, as well as an additional $55,300 that Trump owes the firm, according to Trump's latest report with the Federal Election Commission. Trump paid Fabrizio's firm nearly $624,000 in September, the Washington Post reported.
"This is an administrative issue that we're resolving internally," Trump's senior communications adviser Jason Miller told the Post. Fabrizio did not return the Post's requests for comment.
A reminder: If you ever work for Trump, demand payment up front. - https://t.co/YX16ZnAbn1— Gary Legum (@GaryLegum) October 31, 2016
Fabrizio is a longtime GOP strategist who has advised candidates such as Florida Governor Rick Scott, "more than a dozen US Senators, scores of US Congressmen and numerous Governors and other statewide elected officials," among many others, as well as top corporate clients such as Visa and Bank of America, according to Politico.
He's going to build a poll and make Mexico pay for ithttps://t.co/wyLBGUjX9t— David Burge (@iowahawkblog) October 31, 2016
Fabrizio was an ally of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, who left the campaign in August. Since then, Fabrizio's advice has not been accepted within the campaign, according to some reports. When Manafort left the campaign, Trump hired pollster Kellyanne Conway as his replacement.
Since the end of August, Trump's campaign has hired four other polling firms to execute voter surveys. Conway's firm was one of those, receiving $673,000 through October 19, according to the FEC filings.
All recent polling of the presidential election by major news outlets and polling firms has Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton leading Trump ahead of Election Day on November 8.