The more that comes out about Republican voter registration efforts around the country, the more the whole thing stinks. It’s already been reported that the GOP “fired” Nathan Sproul’s company, Strategic Allied Consulting, after fraudulent registration forms and illegal conduct were found in several states, and that the company just changed names and kept operating in several other states. But Salon.com says it’s more widespread then we thought:
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 Timesreported 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. Despite our follow-up request, Leibowitz did not identify the exact number of states that Sproul was still working in, or who was paying him to do so.
The RNC needs to come clean on this. What they did, quite obviously, is to “fire” Sproul in public and then keep working with him under different names. In Virginia, they simply kept the operation in place under their own supervision — and their supervisor then dumped valid registrations in the trash. This should be getting far more attention than ACORN did in 2008.