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Brexit Pollster Faces Scrutiny Over Secret Political Work

  • Survation used a separate company to target Leave, UKIP voters
  • U.K. privacy regulator is probing payments to the entity
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A polling firm linked to Brexit champion Nigel Farage faces scrutiny over a short-lived company that its owner used to do political work for Farage’s party and the 12 million-pound ($15.5 million) campaign he fronted to leave the European Union, according to records and interviews.

As part of a broader probe, investigators for the U.K. Information Commissioner’s Office are seeking details behind more than 186,000 pounds ($241,000) in payments made by Farage’s U.K. Independence Party (UKIP) to an entity established by the head of the polling firm Survation. UKIP leaders have been fighting the demand for that information, and other details related to political operations, for almost a year, including in court. The fact that the inquiry is looking at what role Survation may have played hasn’t been previously reported.