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There is a story about this on big Salon today and another on HuffPo, as well as on many other venues. The You Tube video is going viral. The essence of the story is this:
A female voter registration worker in Colorado Springs, employed by Strategic Allied Consulting, in turn hired by the Republican National Committee to register voters, lied by telling an interviewer she worked for the County Clerk’s office and then added, “I’m actually trying to only register people of a particular party because we are out here in support of Romney, actually.”
When this cat got out of the bag, the story hit the news, and the video went public, the GOP made an announcement claiming they were terminating their contract with Strategic Allied Consulting, the young woman’s actual employer.
Nathan Sproul, the firm’s owner, has been well-known in top GOP circles for years. Operating under other corporate names in the past, his firms have been accused of “dumping registration forms filled out by Democrats and other improprieties aimed at helping Republican candidates.” He has a long history of shady operations while in the pay of GOP officials both within states and on a national level.
As a result of his sleazy reputation, the RNC insisted he create a new corporate entity before giving him $3.1 million for voter “registration” in seven swing states.
Strategic Allied Consulting, the new Nathan Sproul front group, is the only group hired by the GOP this past year, despite allegations “going back to 2004 when employees in Nevada and Utah signed up Democrats but threw out their forms instead of turning them in.”
Just recently election workers in Palm Beach County, Florida “discovered numerous registrations forms that the appeared to be filled out in the same handwriting, some including a Land Rover dealership as a home address, other false addresses and wrong birth dates. Last Friday the Los Angeles Times reported at least 10 Florida counties had detected fraud in forms turned in by Sproul’s company. Paul Lux, Republican supervisor of elections in Okalosa County, said as many as one in three registrations produced by Strategic were questionable.
It is impossible to say how many Democrat voter registrations were thrown away in Colorado, Florida, Nevada, North Carolina, and Virginia or whether the number is significant or not. We will probably never know.
Despite being publically denounced for fraud eight years ago after employees admitted throwing away forms completed by Democrats, widespread negative publicity, and calls for investigation by Senators Patrick Leahy and Ted Kennedy, the Bush Dept. of Justice did nothing. But President George W. Bush did something else: he invited Nathan Sproul and his wife to the White House for a 2006 Christmas Party and, no doubt, thanked him for his good work.
The Romney campaign, knowing this, hired him to collect signatures during the GOP primary, before the RNC and the state Republicans hired him afterwards. The only voter registration firm they have employed, at least this year.