Remember Nathan Sproul, the former Arizona Republican chairman whose various companies have been caught repeatedly engaging in voter registration fraud while on the GOP payroll? The RNC suspended one of his front companies a few weeks ago after investigations in several states found registration fraud going on, but now he’s back with yet another name for a front company:
Strategic Allied Consulting, the firm hired and fired by the RNC for voter registation and GOTV efforts in North Carolina and other battleground states has quickly morphed into another entity called Issue Advocacy Partners operating similarly in at least Wisconsin, Iowa, Virginia, New York and New Jersey according to a review of nationwide job listings…
Yet Nathan Sproul hardly seems to have missed a beat. Just as the scandal hit the national mainstream media with a report by Michael Isikoff at NBC, similar ads were being posted in other states, namely Wisconsin, Iowa, Virginia, New York and New Jersey, for almost identical jobs with another enitity, Issue Advocacy Partners. Some of the listings are connected directly to Sproul’s Lincoln Strategy Group. Others use Sproul’s Tempe, AZ, business address for contact information.
The site linked to above has images from the websites of the two companies, one suspended and the other still operating, and they are virtually identical. They literally did nothing more than move the website to a new domain and change the names and links. The same ads have now also shown up in Alabama and Louisiana. So the company gets “fired” by the RNC and the state Republican parties in 10 states, then changes names and starts operating in seven other states. And there’s hardly a peep from the media that did so much drooling over the ACORN story.
As I said, there are three key differences between this and the ACORN scandal:
1. ACORN had a system to check the voter registration forms for validity and they separated out the ones that appeared to be bad, sending them in with all the others (as required by law) but in their own packet, along with the identities of the canvassers who took them. That is not the case for Sproul’s various companies.
2. Sproul’s operations have been caught on video offering voter registration only to those who identify themselves as Republican voters and former employees have testified that they shredded forms filled out by Democrats in some states and switched the party registrations in other states. ACORN was never accused of that, which is blatantly illegal.
3. Sproul is being paid by the Republican party directly. ACORN was not paid by the Democratic party.