Election 2016

Trump is Refusing to Pay His Own Pollster

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

The Trump campaign has reportedly refused to pay one of his pollsters over $760,000 for reasons that aren't entirely clear, but we can infer.

FEC filings show that the Trump campaign is disputing a payment of more than $766,700 to pollster Tony Fabrizio's firm, as the Washington Post reported Monday afternoon. The Trump campaign also owes Fabrizio another payment of $55,300, which the campaign is not disputing, according to filings.

Trump has an extensive, decades-long history of not paying people the money he owes them and his most commonly stated reason for refusing to pay them is that they didn't do a good job.

As you know, Trump likes to be told that he's winning even if it's not true so from that we can infer that Fabrizio probably told Trump that he's losing.

You may recall that a similar dynamic played out in 2012 except Mitt Romney wasn't quite as openly hostile to the truth. Without being prompted to, Romney's pollsters misled the campaign and painted a better picture of the race as a form of job security for themselves. In 2016, there's signs that Trump will only hire someone who tells him that he's winning.

  • muselet

    I ask again, why on Earth would anyone do business with Donald Trump?


    • Draxiar

      With his now well documented history of stiffing people anyone willing to do business with him gets what they deserve.

  • Dread_Pirate_Mathius

    I will happily pay 800k to anyone who can convince me that Clinton has an insurmountable lead and I’ll never ever – not ever – have to contemplate the specter of a President Trump again.