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After fraud claims, RNC fires voter-registration group that also worked for Romney camp

From NBC (which conveniently fails to credit the Palm Beach Post for first breaking the fraud allegations):

The Republican National Committee has fired a controversial consulting firm it was paying millions of dollars to conduct voter registration in five battleground states, NBC News has learned. 

The move came after the Palm Beach County elections supervisor discovered 108 potentially fraudulent registration forms submitted by the GOP consulting firm, including suspected phony signatures and home addresses that matched those of a gas station, a medical building and a Land Rover dealership.  

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Strategic Allied Consulting, a firm run by veteran GOP consultant Nathan Sproul, had been retained by the RNC and state Republican parties to register new Republican voters in five key battleground states, said Sean Spicer, communications director for the RNC. 

But Spicer said that the party's relationship with the firm -- which has been paid $2.9 million by the RNC so far this year, according to federal elections records -- has now been terminated in light of alleged voter fraud, linked to one of the firm's employees, that was reported this week to Florida prosecutors by election officials in Palm Beach County.  

"We've made it clear we're not doing business with these guys anymore," said Spicer. "We've come out pretty strong against this kind of stuff -- and we have zero tolerance for this." 

Another firm run by Sproul, called Lincoln Strategy Group, has been paid about $80,000 by the Romney campaign to conduct "field consulting," according to election records. Asked for comment, Sarah Pompei, a spokeswoman for the Romney campaign, said by email:  "We used this vendor for signature gathering services during the primary but have not used them since 2011."
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naplesbob

I thought A.C.o.R.N. type things were an outrage to the Republican party? Now this firm alledgedly shredded those who registered as Democrats and No Party Affilation. These firm also has registered in 7 states, besides Florida. Suppose the G.O.P. will hold public hearings on this matter? I'll bet you dollar to doughnuts; they won't!!! "If", this firm has done this in multiple states; what do you suppose will happen?It certainly appears the G.O.P., was correct when speaking of voter fraud; as they have firsthand knowledge; and paid for these "alledged", criminals. Even Rick Scott is caught up in this, as his campaign allegdedly paid people to go into Assisted living facilities and filed out ballots for "Republican" persons with dementia, and again allegdedly did not turn in ballots that did not say whom they voted for.Will this Governor come out and admit this was done without his knowledge or consent; or will he once again plead the fifth amendment afforded in the U.S. Constitution?

John N Florida

This is too 'delicious' to just not ROFLMAO.
But seriously, and I held the same view about ACORN, when you hire people and you have an agenda, some of those employees will stray.
Conversely, the attempts at Disenfranchisement carried out by Republican Legislatures and Governors is really a worse problem than this gaffe.
This group apparently carried out illegal registrations, a crime for which they can be prosecuted. If Bondi or Scott attempt to thwart a prosecution, the Republicans have a big problem.
Unfortunately, the only way to punish the politicians in this state, or any other, which has conspired to Disenfranchise voters is through the ballot box.
These bills were passed by OUR legislators. The Governors didn't do this on their own.
We need a BIG BROOM to clean out Tallahassee in November. If we don't, we can't complain about the laws that Scott signs.

Fla Flo

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