GOP Voter Registration Scandal Intensifies w/New Info About Colin Small, FL, and IN’s 13,000 Voter Purge
Here’s an update to the awful story of widespread GOP voter registration fraud and its connection to Nathan Sproul.
A young man with direct ties to Sproul’s Strategic Allied Consulting, the Virginia Republican party and the Republican National Committee was caught throwing voter registrations into a dumpster behind a shopping center in Harrisonburg, VA. Investigative reporting has uncovered that the former intern for Republican Rep. Mike Kelly of PA is now working for PinPoint Staffing, a company which had been supplying workers to Strategic Allied Consulting.
To review: Strategic Allied Consulting is run by disgraced GOP operative Nathan Sproul who the Republican Party worried about so much that they forced him to change the name of his companies to prolong their hi jinx.
“But his reputation is such that when Sproul was tapped by the RNC to do field work this year, officials requested that he set up a new firm to avoid being publicly linked to the past allegations.” The shell is called “Strategic Allied Consulting,” but Sproul’s real firm carries the name “Sproul and Associates” and “Lincoln Strategy Group.”
In Virginia, Sproul’s services were terminated after news broke that his firm had turned in over 100 fake registrations in Florida. But the Small news (which was big *wink*) means Sproul’s goal of swaying the election for Romney is still being fought for by his employees.
Beyond that, last Thursday we reported that Sproul’s firms, including what appeared to be a “clone” operation of Strategic Allied Consulting, calling itself Issue Advocacy Partners, were still found working for Republicans and right-wing ballot initiatives in at least 10 states. Subsequently, on Friday, the Los Angeles Times reported that, in fact, Sproul was still “hiring workers for a voter canvassing operation this fall in as many as 30 states.”
On Thursday, following Small’s arrest, Sproul’s spokesman Leibowitz hedged that number by telling us via email: “What we said on the record to various media outlets is that his companies are working in ‘as many as 30 states.’ That could mean 1 state. Or 2. Or 30. You get the idea, I’m sure.”
We do. The idea is Sproul does not want to come clean about his ongoing operations and who it is that he continues to work for, preferring instead to live up to the “shady” adjective that’s often applied to him in the media.
The FBI is joining an investigation into bogus letters sent to many Florida voters that raise questions about their eligibility to cast ballots.
Tampa FBI chief Steven E. Ibison said Wednesday the FBI will focus on letters received by voters in 18 counties in central and southwest Florida. State authorities have received reports of letters in at least 23 counties.
The letters claim to be from county supervisors of elections but were all postmarked from Seattle. They raise questions about the voter’s citizenship and appear intended to intimidate people.
The drama doesn’t stop there, though. Indiana is apparently standing in some serious voter purge poo, too:
The Democrat party chair is asking the federal government to get involved in the wrongful purge of 13,000 voters in La Porte County last year.
Chairman John Jones said in a press release that he will be asking the U.S. Department of Justice Election Integrity Task Force to investigate exactly how the purge happened, which he said was an “effort led by Republican voters’ appointee Donna Harris, the wife of county Republican chairman Keith Harris.”
Originally some 800 inactive voters were supposed to be purged in 2011. Voters are inactive if they fail to vote over two federal election cycles, meaning they have not voted since before the 2008 election that seated President Barack Obama in office. But the 13,303 who were canceled included voters who voted in Obama’s election.
Jones went on to say that “federal law is clear that voters can only be purged if they have not voted in two federal election cycles. Yet Ms. Harris began a systematic effort to wipe off the voter rolls over 13,000 voters even though they had voted in 2008 but not voted in 2010 and 2011. Well, 2011 was city elections and that doesn’t count for purposes of a purge. This was wrong and Donna Harris and Keith Harris should have known better.”