After routinely denying their importance, Donald Trump hired a veteran GOP pollster in May. Now, it appears the Trump camp doesn’t want to pay for the service.
The Trump camp is disputing some of the charges provided by pollster Tony Fabrizio’s firm. A Federal Election Commission filing shows Trump’s team is disputing nearly $767,000 that Fabrizio says he’s still owed.
So far, the Trump camp isn’t elaborating on why it won’t foot the bill.
“This is an administrative issue that we’re resolving internally,” senior communications adviser Jason Miller told The Washington Post.
Fabrizio has advised candidates for decades, including 1996 GOP nominee Bob Dole and Florida Gov. Rick Scott. He was brought in by former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort. There have been reports that Trump has been resistant to Fabrizio’s counsel. Fabrizio tried to tell Trump to reverse course following his summer attacks on a Gold Star father, noting if he had another week with similar negative press, he wouldn’t win the election.
The Huffington Post reported that Trump moved Kellyanne Conway into Manafort’s campaign manager position partly because he didn’t like it when Fabrizio gave him poor polling results or told him to make changes to his approach.
Trump has hired four other polling groups to handle surveys since the summer, indicating that he’s become more accepting of the campaign service.
This isn’t the first time Trump has been accused of failing to pay a service bill. A USA Today investigation in June turned up court filings in more than 30 states from people who claim Donald Trump’s businesses did not pay them for work they did.