Brad Friedman is reporting that Strategic Allied Consulting, run by Nathan Sproul, has been fired by the Republican Party of Florida after 106 suspicious voter registration applications were turned over to Florida State Attorney Peter Antonacci:
The Republican Party of Florida’s top recipient of 2012 expenditures, a firm by the name of Strategic Allied Consulting, was just fired on Tuesday night, after more than 100 apparently fraudulent voter registration forms were discovered to have been turned in by the group to the Palm Beach County, FL Supervisor of Elections.
The firm appears to be another shell company of Nathan Sproul, a longtime, notorious Republican operative, hired year after year by GOP Presidential campaigns, despite being accused of shredding Democratic voter registration forms in a number of states over several past elections.
Take a wild guess who Mr. Sproul has been working for recently – none other than Mitt Romney. Republic Report‘s Lee Fang wrote in June:
Late last year, Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign began paying Nathan Sproul, a political consultant with a long history of destroying Democratic voter registration forms and manipulating ballot initiatives. Sproul, who changed his firm’s name from Sproul and Associates to Lincoln Strategies, has received over $70,000 from Romney’s campaign.
Alternet reported on Sproul back in 2004:
In Nevada, Voter Outreach of America is accused by former employees of shredding the registration forms of thousands of Democrats; in West Virginia , Voter Outreach of America employees say they were instructed to mislead voters into registering Republican and voting for Bush; in Oregon, yet another swing state, the state attorney general has opened a criminal investigation into allegations that Sproul’s firm, which is Voter Outreach of America’s parent company, was involved in intentionally destroying or discarding voter registration forms signed by Democrats.
The Brad Blog has been on top of Sproul’s questionable practices for some time, but the stories don’t get the press coverage they should be getting.
For Romney’s part, he may look at voter fraud as just another way of doing business since his own voting practices have come into question recently, as Friedman reports:
Last Summer, long-shot GOP candidate Fred Karger filed a complaint with Massachusetts officials charging that the now presumptive GOP nominee for President of the United was illegally registered to vote in his son’s unfinished basement in Belmont, MA, despite having moved out of the state several years earlier.
The release of Romney’s 2010 federal tax returns did little to dispel the concern. Romney failed to include his state returns in his release (or those from 2009) which would likely show, as Karger detailed, Romney was not a resident of Massachusetts at the time he voted for Scott Brown in the January 2010 U.S. Senate special election to fill the seat of the late Ted Kennedy.
Romney, who had houses in CA and NH, did not, in fact, own a house in MA until July of 2010… Residents in Belmont, MA, told Karger that neither he nor his wife had been seen in the town since selling their mansion and moving out of state years earlier.
Seriously, can you imagine Ann Romney living in her son’s basement?
Republicans continue to blow smoke by pushing voter id legislation under the pretense of rampant voter fraud, something The Brennan Center has done extensive analysis and reporting on; their conclusion:
The “voter fraud” cry has been increasingly used to justify policies that suppress legitimate voters. But the cry is baseless; allegations of voter fraud—especially polling place impersonation fraud—almost always prove to be inflated or inaccurate… The truth of the matter is that voter fraud—votes knowingly cast by ineligible individuals—is exceedingly rare; one is more likely to be struck by lightning than to commit voter fraud.
Maybe it’s time for an analysis of Republican voter registration.