Shades of 2000 and 2004. From Politicolnews.com, "GOP Hired Fraud Company to Destroy Voter Registrations of Democrats," Nathan Sproule is up to his old (criminal) tricks again:
"Why Nathan Sproul is not in jail is a mystery, after a long history of charges he manipulated the 2004, 2008 and now the 2012 Election.
"Nathan Sproul stands accused of destroying Democrat Registration forms in the past, has been hired by the Republican party to help Romney win in Florida and other states by fraudulent methods. He and his firm were recently fired after it was discovered what he was really up to in five US states, manipulating the vote which is a felony charge
"The Romney campaign hired a company called Strategic Allied Consulting and fired them last night when more than 100 fraudulent registration forms were found in Palm Beach County Florida. But there’s more.
"Strategic Allied is a shell company operated by Nathan Sproul.
"The Florida Supervisor of Elections reported the fraud which included:
"1) Shredding Democrat voter registration forms in Florida and other states such as: North Carolina, Virginia and Colorado.
"2) The GOP party paid this firm $667,000.00 this year to run campaigns in Florida, that would diminish democratic votes.
"3) The Romney campaign hired Nathan Sproul as a political consultant last year knowing full well that he was accused of fraud in the past.
"5) Over 106 applications were flagged in a submission batch of 304 turned in on Sept 5, 2012 by the contractor of the Republican party.
"The Palm Beach Post reported that Strategic Alliance Consultants were paid 1.3 million to register new democrat voters and then switched their votes for republicans.
LA Times: 'Fired' RNC Consultant Sproul Now Hiring for GOP GOTV Campaign in THIRTY States
On Thursday, we reported that the companies of Nathan Sproul, the man at the center of the GOP Voter Registration Fraud Scandal, are still at work for Republicans in some 10 states. That, despite previous claims by the RNC that they'd fired his company, Strategic Allied Consulting, after fraudulent registration forms the firm collected on behalf of the Florida GOP were discovered in 12 counties across the state late last month, and reports that employees of the company destroyed Democratic registration forms in other states.
The RNC, which had a $3 million contract with Sproul (a paid political consultant of Mitt Romney's), claimed they fired his company --- the one Sproul says he created at the RNC's request, due to his long reputation for having been accused of doing the same thing in elections going back to 2004 --- because they had a "zero tolerance" policy for those involved in election fraud. Nonetheless, as detailed yesterday, several other companies of his, including one, Issue Advocacy Partners, with a nearly identical website to Strategic Allied Consulting, was found to be still operating in a whole bunch of states.
We had identified 10 such states in yesterday's report: Alabama, California, Georgia, Wisconsin, Iowa, Louisiana, New York, New Jersey, Oregon, and Virginia (with former Sproul associates reportedly at work in Ohio.)
Tonight, however, Joseph Tanfani at LATimes is reporting that, in fact, Sproul "is now hiring workers for a voter canvassing operation this fall in as many as 30 states."
Also from the brilliant Brad Friedman:
About that Voting Machine Company Tied to Mitt Romney and Bain Capital...
"Late last month, Gerry Bello and Bob Fitrakis at FreePress.org broke the story of the Mitt Romney/Bain Capital investment team involved in H.I.G. Capital which, in July of 2011, completed a "strategic investment" to take over a fair share of the Austin-based e-voting machine company Hart Intercivic.
"'Several tanker trucks full of political ink have been spilled on Mitt Romney's tenure as a vulture capitalist at Bain Capital,' Bello and Fitrakis wrote.' A more important story, however, is the fact that Bain alumni, now raising big money as Romney bundlers are also in the electronic voting machine business. This appears to be a repeat of the infamous former CEO of Diebold Wally O'Dell, who raised money for Bush while his company supplied voting machines and election management software in the 2004 election.'
"'Once again, we're reminded of the dangers of the privatization of our once-public electoral system. The company's ties to Romney aren't the only disturbing ones we've seen with similar companies over the years. The fact is, that nobody other than the public should have any sort of control of our elections. The proprietary voting systems now in use in all 50 states, whether owned by Romney associates, a George W. Bush associate (as with Diebold in 2004) or even a company tied to Venezuela's Hugo Chavez (as with Sequoia Voting Systems which blatantly lied about that tie to public officials, and the Canadian firm Dominion which purchased Sequoia and also immediately lied about the fact that Intellectual Property of their voting systems used all across the U.S. is still owned by the Venezuelan firm), continue to be a grave threat to American democracy and confidence in U.S. Elections'."
This story needs to be read in its entirety! (The url --> http://www.bradblog.com/?p=9628)
"The willful tampering with voter registration forms is a felony and punishable by 5 years in jail and a $5,000.00 fine for each instance." Can anyone remember anyone who went to jail in Florida, or elsewhere, for tampering with voter registration forms, much less any form of voter intimidation, voter suppression, or voter machine hacking.
The answer would be 'No.' The Conservatives are immune from prosecution in this country it seems, and only the implementation of the illegalization of Conservatism would help stem this type of illegal activity from the Republican Party and its operatives.
"The RNC, which had a $3 million contract with Sproul (a paid political consultant of Mitt Romney's), claimed they fired his company --- the one Sproul says he created at the RNC's request, due to his long reputation for having been accused of doing the same thing in elections going back to 2004."
Doesn't this mean that the Republican Party knowingly committed a crime by hiring Sproul?
We must criminalize Conservatism now!
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