Trump disputes payment sought by pollster, who also works for Florida Gov. Scott

Trump pollster, Tony Fabrizio

Trump pollster, Tony Fabrizio

After months of ridiculing pollsters, Donald Trump tacked a new course last spring and hired Florida Republican Gov. Rick Scott’s pollster, Tony Fabrizio.

But now, the GOP presidential candidate seems to have a problem with Fabrizio. According to his latest Federal Elections Commission report, Trump is disputing $767,000 Fabrizio’s firm says it is owed.

Fabrizio may be joining a line of vendors, contractors and others who claim to have been stiffed in business deals with Trump, a demographic explored by a host of media outlets and also cited by Democrat Hillary Clinton in TV spots.

The Fort Lauderdale firm’s clash with Trump was first reported by the Washington Post. Fabrizio has worked campaigns for years, including for the presidential run of Bob Dole 20 years ago and also then-Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s 2012 White House bid.

The website of the firm, Fabrizio, Lee & Associates promises, “We know how to win a battle when the other side is shooting back.”

In 2010, Fabrizio took Scott from outsider status to election victory in November. He was helped by the candidate’s spending more than $75 million of his own money.

Another $12.8 million from Scott’s pocket helped assure a re-election win in 2014.

Like Trump, Scott was making his first run for elected office. And coming from business, Scott also had to weather controversies – having headed hospital giant Columbia/HCA, Corp., which paid a $1.7 billion federal fine for Medicare fraud after he left the company.

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