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Monday, October 31, 2016

Donald Trump won't pay pollster for bad news- go figure!

 \"...the Trump campaign is disputing nearly $767,000 that veteran GOP pollster Tony Fabrizio’s firm says it is still owed for polling, the Washington Post reported Monday."

Donald Trump may feel like the convict who just received a temporary leave from iSalonncarcertaton when the unexpectrd James Comey brouhaha reupted about unrelated emails. Nevertheless, the political polls have never favored his chances of being elected on November 8th. Why should the pollsters lie? Remember, in 2012, Karl Rove wouldn't accept the Ohio results? Did him no good, but his response undermined his future credibility. Pollsters just provide data and they get paid plenty to do their jobs accurately. This news casts a shadow over Trump's campaign in spite of the oxygen he thinks FBI Director Comey inappropriately gave to his imploding campaign.

Why won't Donald Trump ay Tony Fabrizio? Obviously, DonaldTrump doesb't want to pay for "bad news".

So, how does Donald Trump respond to his unfavorable polls? Well, of course, he just doesn't pay the pollsters. OMG. HelLO?

Salon Reports:  Donald Trump hasn’t paid his pollster, who he owes more than $750,000.  So, if political polls are rigged, why pay? But, it's the Donald Trump way.

After declaring that employing a pollster would be a “waste” of money during the Republican presidential primary in which he blew past 16 other competitors, Donald Trump finally relented and hired a pollster after he secured the nomination. But now that he’s poised to lose the general election to Democratic rival Hillary Clinton, Trump is refusing to pay that pollster.

And so, the Trump campaign is disputing nearly $767,000 that veteran GOP pollster Tony Fabrizio’s firm says it is still owed for polling, the Washington Post reported Monday.

According to the Trump campaign’s latest Federal Election Commission report, Fabrizio, who was hired in May, did not receive any payments from the campaign until September. This comes after the latest report from the Federal Election Committee filed on Thursday revealed that a joint fundraising committee between the RNC and the Trump campaign spent over $300,000 on books from the publisher of his “Art of the Deal” just last month.

That same FEC filing also showed that Trump was about $40 million short on his promise to self-fund his campaign to the tune of $100 million, with little more than a week before Election Day.

So, it comes as no surprise that Trump has reportedly decided to stiff the pollster who was only brought on to the campaign at the behest of former campaign manager Paul Manafort and longtime adviser Roger Stone. As far back as August, following Trump’s relentless attacks against a Gold Star family who dared speak out against the GOP nominee’s anti-Muslim rhetoric and proposals at the Democratic National Convention, Fabrizio was forced to deliver bad news to the candidate.

In fact, 0n Aug. 9, Tony Fabrizio, Trump’s chief pollster and a longtime party strategist, sat down with the nominee. 

The previous week had been a disaster, punctuated by Trump’s damaging confrontation with the Gold Star Khan family

Fabrizio, who was joined by Manafort deputy Rick Gates, had just completed a fresh batch of polling and had an urgent message for the candidate: If you have another week like the last one, you won’t win.

Fabrizio, who advised GOP presidential candidates from the 1996 GOP nominee Bob Dole to 2016 failed candidate Rand Paul, was touted as a “no-brainer” selection for Trump when his hiring was first announced.

“The addition of Tony Fabrizio demonstrates a level of gravitas and political sophistication that should make Democrats lose sleep,” a Republican operative told Politico when one of the masterminds behind the infamous Willie Horton ad was announced as the latest addition to the Trump campaign.

“If Trump loses Florida, he more than likely loses his shot at the White House,” Politico wrote of the Florida pollster’s hiring at the time. Now with the RealClearPolitics average showing Trump and Clinton locked in a statistical dead heat in the Sunshine State, the man who got Rick Scott elected statewide is already being shortchanged for his services (or apparent lack thereof).

For its part, the Trump campaign is not revealing exactly why it refuses to pay at least one of its pollsters.

“This is an administrative issue that we’re resolving internally,” senior communications adviser Jason Miller told the Post, declined to provide any further details on the campaign’s dispute of the charges.

But one thing is clear from the FEC filings: Other polling firms are being paid by the Trump campaign. As the Post noted, through October 19, the polling firm of campaign manager Kellyanne Conway has been paid $673,000 by the Trump campaign. (HELLO? If Trump stopped paying Kellyanne Conway, he'd have no surrogates to wake up at 5 am and speak like she's his surrogate on morning talk shows....he'd better pay her, you betcha'!)

Sophia Tesfaye is Salon's Deputy Politics Editor and biggest Golden State Warriors fan in Brooklyn. 

You can find her on Twitter at @SophiaTesfaye.

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