Posted on: 10:16 am, September 28, 2012, by Eli Stokols, updated on: 01:08pm, September 28, 2012
DENVER – The Colorado Republican Party has terminated its contract
with a firm hired to run voter registration and get-out-the-vote
operations here after allegations of fraud, FOX31 Denver has confirmed.
The move came at the recommendation of the Republican National
Committee, leading to the termination of contracts with Strategic Allied
Consulting in seven swing states, following an investigation of voter
fraud by the company in Florida.
“The Colorado Republican Party takes any threat to the voting process
very seriously,” said state GOP spokesman Justin Miller. “Following an
alleged incident by an employee of Strategic Allied Consultants outside
of Colorado we terminated our relationship.”
In Colorado, the state GOP has spent more than $500,000 — half its
total budget — with Strategic Allied Consulting, the firm in question.
Already this year, the RNC has funneled more than $3.1 million to the
company, just formed in June by Nathan Sproul, an Arizona voting
consultant who has run other firms that have been accused of dumping
registration forms filled out by Democrats and other improprieties aimed
at helping Republican candidates.
And FOX31 Denver has confirmed that the young woman seen registering voters outside a Colorado Springs grocery store in a YouTube video,
in which she admits to trying to only register voters who support Mitt
Romney, was indeed a contract employee of Sproul’s company.
“I’m actually trying to register people for a particular party,” the
girl tells a woman in the video, which has been viewed more than 417,000
times. Because we’re out here in support of Romney, actually.”
Strategic Allied Consulting was hired to do voter registration drives
in Florida, Virginia, Colorado, North Carolina and Nevada, and had been
planning get-out-the-vote drives in Ohio and Wisconsin, Sproul told the
Los Angeles Times Thursday.
According to the Times, Sproul’s other company, Lincoln Strategy
Group, was hired by the Romney campaign and paid $70,000 to gather
signatures during the primaries earlier this year.
Sproul told the Times he formed Strategic Allied Consulting at the
request of the RNC for publicity’s sake, given past negative media
coverage of Lincoln stemming from past allegations going back to 2004,
when employees in Nevada and Oregon signed up Democrats but threw out
their forms instead of turning them in.
In Florida, the state GOP fired Strategic Allied Consulting on
Tuesday after election workers in Palm Beach County discovered numerous
registration forms that appeared to be filled out in the same
handwriting, some including wrong addresses and birthdays.
On Friday, the Times reported that at least 10 Florida counties have detected fraud in the forms turned in by Sproul’s firm.
Miller told FOX31 Denver that no evidence of fraud has been detected in Colorado.
“We are not aware of any voter registration irregularities from our
efforts to register voters,” Miller said. “No issues have been reported
by the county clerk and the Secretary of State regularly checks voter
rolls for incidences of fraud.”
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