And here are some of the guys involved in making it happen.
Warning, this is messy. Those who have read my previous investigations will definitely have a leg up on this. But it’s about stealth operatives and voter suppression schemes going back to the 1990s, so strap in.
John Fund signing+selling 2008 revision of his 2004 book at 2009 Sammies
The news today, that a fellow named Nathan Sproul — who has a checkered past in voter registration, shall we say? — had created an astroturf/fictitious business name organization in June that was fired this week by the Republican National Committee and the Florida Republican Party forces me to revisit an old riff I’m almost tired of talking about. But it must, needs, be said. Let’s start with the LA Times:
RNC cuts ties with voter-drive firm accused of fraud
The founder of Strategic Allied Consulting says he formed the company at the Republican National Committee’s request to distance the party from earlier allegations.
By Joseph Tanfani, Melanie Mason and Matea Gold, Washington Bureau
September 28, 2012
WASHINGTON — The Republican National Committee has abruptly dropped ties to a firm running a major get-out-the-vote effort in seven swing states after Florida prosecutors started an investigation into possible fraud in voter registration forms.
Working through state parties, the RNC has sent more than $3.1 million this year to Strategic Allied Consulting, a company formed in June by Nathan Sproul, an Arizona political consultant. Sproul has operated other firms that have been accused in the past of improprieties designed to help Republican candidates, including dumping registration forms filled out by Democrats. None of those allegations have led to criminal charges.
Strategic Allied Consulting was hired to do voter registration drives in Florida, Virginia, Colorado, North Carolina and Nevada, and had been planning get-out-the-vote drives in Ohio and Wisconsin, according to Sproul. Lincoln Strategy Group, another Sproul company, was paid about $70,000 by Mitt Romney’s campaign during the primaries to gather signatures.
In Florida’s Palm Beach County, election officials turned over 106 forms to prosecutors after discovering forgeries and other problems. Officials in other counties are now reviewing voter registration forms turned in by the state GOP.
Sproul said he created Strategic Allied Consulting at the RNC’s request because the party wanted to avoid being publicly linked to the past allegations. The firm was set up at a Virginia address, and Sproul does not show up on the corporate paperwork.
“In order to be able to do the job that the state parties were hiring us to do, the [RNC] asked us to do it with a different company’s name, so as to not be a distraction from the false information put out in the Internet,” Sproul said….
Got that? “Sproul said he created Strategic Allied Consulting at the RNC’s request because the party wanted to avoid being publicly linked to the past allegations” Continue reading