GOP Firm Exposed For Fraudulent Voter Registration In Florida
GOP hypocrisy continues as a firm hired to register Republican voters is accused of voting fraud in Florida. Palm Beach County election officials suspect a GOP campaign consulting firm of knowingly submitting more than 100 fraudulent voter registration forms.
Strategic Allied Consulting, the firm suspected of voter fraud, has received $2.9 million from the Republican National Committee so far this year, according to an NBC News analysis of federal election records.
Nathan Sproul, who heads Strategic Allied Consulting, has a long and sordid history with the GOP, and has been accused in previous elections of suppressing Democratic voter turnout, throwing away registration forms, and manipulating ballot initiatives. So it rings false when Sean Spicer, communications director for the RNC, said the committee had “zero tolerance” for voter fraud. Sproul’s record is no secret.
Until recently, Sproul was charged with voter registration efforts in five states: Nevada, North Carolina, Virginia, Florida, and Colorado.
Sproul was caught when an employee of his firm dropped off suspected fraudulent registration forms at the office of Okaloosa County election board. Some of the Santa Rosa County new registrants appeared to be dead people, said Paul Lux, Okaloosa County Supervisor of Elections.
“It’s kind of ironic that the dead people they accused ACORN of registering are now being done by the RPOF (Republican Party of Florida),” Lux told NBC News.
Palm Beach County election supervisor Susan Bucher said 106 of the 304 forms Sproul’s firm submitted were flagged as potentially fraudulent, having “similar looking” signatures and addresses of local businesses. Bucher said she has also heard of similar fraudulent documents submitted by Sproul’s firm to another Florida elections office.
As this incident remains under investigation, we are left to ponder the intense irony of the Republican Party: It passes laws against voter fraud, while hiring dubious personnel who has multiple accusations of voter fraud against him.