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Will GOP theft of democracy succeed once again?


Your DOUBLE Daily Dose of BuzzFlash at Truthout, via my pal Mark Karlin. My post and links to other posts about this issue here (scroll):

You remember the ACORN cause célèbre of the rabid GOP attack squad on claiming voter fraud (which is technically different than voter registration fraud). ACORN was a target because it was an organization that engaged in voting registration outreach to the poor and minorities as part of its empowerment mission.  The Republicans built a trumped up case against ACORN -- with the ludicrous media frenzy over misleading sensational tapes taken by the convicted and on probation James O'Keefe -- and got Congress to prohibit federal contracts with ACORN.  Eventually, the grassroots agency went bankrupt as a result.  No court convicted ACORN; it was trial by FOX.

Subsequent government investigations, including the Office of the Attorney General and the Government Accounting Office found no violations of the law committed by ACORN or misuse of federal funds. But the damage was done in killing off an organization that brought the powerless into the voting booth.

Yet, now there is a massive Republican scandal... and nary a word has been heard about it from members of Congress, the media in general, and conservative or even liberal activists. [...]

If it weren't for the caging scandal that denied tens of thousands of minorities the right to vote in Florida in 2000 – and the various GOP engineered election place voting snafus --  Al Gore would not only have won the national vote by more than a half a million votes (which he did), he would have won a decisive victory in the Sunshine State. [...]

Will the theft of democracy succeed once again?


And about that smoking gun concerning the Republican Party and the Romney campaign claiming they didn't know what Sproul was up to?

Sproul belies that very claim in an interview with the Los Angeles Times:

Sproul said he created Strategic Allied Consulting at the RNC's request because the party wanted to avoid being publicly linked to the past allegations. The firm was set up at a Virginia address, and Sproul does not show up on the corporate paperwork.

"In order to be able to do the job that the state parties were hiring us to do, the [RNC] asked us to do it with a different company's name, so as to not be a distraction from the false information put out in the Internet," Sproul said. 

In essence, Sproul is asserting that the Republican National Committee knew of his sordid reputation and told him to disguise his involvement in his legally questionable strategies to "register" Republican voters while driving down Democratic voter registration.

Meanwhile, in Florida, the epicenter of where the Sproul voter registration fraud scandal broke out, Governor Rick Scott (whose company committed Medicare fraud to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars, but he didn't go to jail due to 1% immunity) is still trying to disenfranchise people entitled to vote. [...]

Of course, if Scott can limit voting to the 38% of Floridians who approve of him, he just might win. He'll just need some assistance from Nathan Sproul.

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The GOP "waited until they were caught to do something about" voter suppression


Today's L.A. Times letters to the editor, because our voices matter:

Re "Suspicious voter forms easily traced in Florida," Sept. 30

How ironic that the party responsible for removing many barriers to voting used in the South after Reconstruction to prevent poor African Americans and poor whites from voting is resurrecting them in the form of voter ID laws, again to disenfranchise African Americans, the poor and the elderly, whom the GOP presumes vote mostly for Democrats. The cost of providing certified copies of birth certificates or naturalization papers, passports, driver's licenses or other form of identification will be a burden to many of these citizens.

With the Florida Republican Party's desperate registration efforts — highlighted by retaining a firm whose principal, Nathan Sproul, has faced allegations of election misconduct — and the GOP's current difficulties in Florida over fraudulent registrations, one can only be aghast at how far the party of Lincoln has strayed from the principles of Lincoln.

Gordon J. Louttit

Manhattan Beach


Let's see if any of the Republicans who called for ACORN to be shut down after the 2008 election will ask for the Republican Party to be shut down. And this is much worse than ACORN, which by law had to submit those suspect registrations, which it flagged. The Republicans didn't do likewise for their forms. They waited until they were caught to do something about it.

Alex Magdaleno



"The mess is a lingering embarrassment for the GOP"


As I posted yesterday, The Los Angeles Times, the Brad Blog, and are all posting about GOP election/registration fraud and hypocrisy. There is a "shady voter registration firm owned by Mitt Romney’s paid political consultant and longtime GOP operative, Nathan Sproul."

According to the L.A. Times, "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, according to Sproul."

And California Watch reported that "in a complaint filed last week with the county registrar of voters, the Democrats presented affidavits from 133 Democratic voters who said they had been re-registered as Republicans without their consent after they encountered petition circulators outside welfare offices and stores."

And then a few days ago, there was this memorable moment, one that was referred to in one of the Times pieces below: VIDEO: Voter registration volunteer: “We’re out here in support of Romney, actually… We’re working for the county clerk’s office.”

So much for Republican credibility and integrity.

Which brings us to today's reports from the L.A. Times. There are two:

Strategic Allied told Palm Beach County officials that the suspicious forms found there could be traced to one worker, William T. Hazard of Boynton Beach, according to sources familiar with the investigation. Officials identified 106 forms submitted by Hazard. [...]

Hazard said he was paid $12 an hour and not compensated for how many forms he turned in, so he said he would have no incentive to forge applications.

He said he was given "zero training." His only instructions were to approach people and ask whom they supported in the presidential election. When people answered with President Obama, he said, he wished them a good day. If someone said Mitt Romney, he asked if they were registered to vote. If not, he handed them forms to fill out, he said.

That is similar to the little antics in the post I referred to earlier about a young woman in Colorado who was only registering Romney supporters.

What is not in the revised online report, but in my morning L.A. Times newspaper, is this sentence:

But the mess is a lingering embarrassment for the GOP, which has pushed for new state laws to combat what party members say is a system riddled with Democratic voter fraud.

Mess, indeed. A big hot mess created by none other than the GOP who have made a concerted effort to disenfranchise Democratic voters.

But wait! There's more! The second article refers to those fraudulent GOP registration efforts in California and how it has created a "surge" in Republican registration in Riverside County:

Formal complaints filed with the state by at least 133 residents of a state Senate district there say they were added to GOP rolls without their knowledge, calling into question the party's boast that Republican membership has rocketed 23% in the battleground area. [...]

The complaints have also shined a light on the political committee behind the registration drive, Golden State Voter Participation Project, and its biggest donor, wealthy GOP activist Charles Munger Jr. Other donors include the California Apartment Assn., Farmers Group Inc. and Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturing of America. [...]

Democrats say bogus registrations are more than just an issue of workers trying to make an extra buck — that they're a trick to prevent the Democratic party from getting supporters to the polls as well as to draw more money to the area's Republican races. A statewide Democratic group gathered the complaints and filed them with the secretary of state's investigators. [...] A local Democratic group, the Riverside County Progressive Political Action Committee, alleged in a letter to county officials that the GOP registration drive there was "an overt and pervasive voter registration fraud effort."

Remember, all these "alleged" attempts to illegally affect the outcome of the November elections is coming from the party that is accusing Democrats-- and have accused the dreaded and now-defunct but totally vindicated ACORN-- of doing very similar, if not identical, things.

Again, the hypocrisy is astounding, the projection is Rovian.


Romney-tied voter registration firm accused of fraud in swing states. CA Dems were re-registered as Republicans without their consent.


As I wrote in a previous post, Republicans are masters of that old Rovian tactic called projection. If you’re not familiar with the term, it’s taking your candidate’s (or anyone’s) weaknesses and attributing them to the opposition.

By accusing voters of attempting fraud, making them jump through hoops in order to abide by new restrictive Voter I.D. laws, accusing others of tampering with elections in any way, the GOP is projecting like crazy, as is now even more evident in stories that have been breaking in the past few days.

But first, a clarification: Election fraud and voter fraud are two different things. Voter fraud involves individual voters who show up at the precincts on election day who might use fake names, register to vote more than once, that kind of thing. Voter fraud is virtually non-existent, rarer than getting struck by lightning.

Election fraud, which is rampant, is when candidates or groups try to influence election outcomes by hacking into voting machines, engage in voter suppression (scroll), ballot box tampering, intimidation at the polls, deliberate miscounting, or as happened in this case, padding or otherwise altering petitions.

The Los Angeles Times, the Brad Blog, and are all posting about GOP fraud and hypocrisy. Here are some excerpts from these three sources. Brad actually ends his piece with this, but I'm including it at the top because it needs to be emphasized:

There is no known "voter fraud" related to this [Sproul] scandal. This is a form of election fraud known as "voter registration fraud". There are no actual voters involved in this scandal. The voters have been, and are, doing just fine. Please leave them alone. Inappropriate attacks on voters are best left to members of the Republican Party. Thanks.

You're welcome. Now back to the news:

The North Carolina Republican Party has fired the shady voter registration firm owned by Mitt Romney's paid political consultant and longtime GOP operative, Nathan Sproul. The firing came as Democrats in the state were on the brink of denouncing the Republicans' tie to the operative's firm.

The state GOP joins the Republican Party of Florida, which also fired Sproul's company (who accounted for the party's largest 2012 expenditure, some $1.3 million over the last two months) after more than 100 apparently fraudulent voter registration forms were turned over to the FL State Attorney in Palm Beach County on Monday for investigation. The BRAD BLOG first reported the emerging story in detail on Tuesday.

The L.A. Times has a detailed report about Sproul, too. Here's a sample:

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, according to Sproul. Lincoln Strategy Group, another Sproul company, was paid about $70,000 by Mitt Romney's campaign during the primaries to gather signatures. [...]

Sproul is a fixture in Arizona Republican politics. He is former head of the Arizona Christian Coalition and a veteran of a number of GOP campaigns. For three years, he was executive director of the state party.

In 2004, a company he started was paid millions by Republicans to register voters. Employees in Oregon, Nevada, West Virginia and Pennsylvania alleged they were told to register only Republicans. One worker in Las Vegas said he watched a supervisor tear up Democratic registrations. The Justice Department started an investigation, which did not lead to any charges, Sproul said.

California Watch has a story of their own:

In a complaint filed last week with the county registrar of voters, the Democrats presented affidavits from 133 Democratic voters who said they had been re-registered as Republicans without their consent after they encountered petition circulators outside welfare offices and stores.

One voter complained that his registration was changed to Republican after he signed what he thought was a petition to legalize marijuana. Another said he was told he was signing a petition to lower the price of gasoline, according to the affidavits.

Many of those who complained were-- wait for it-- Latino or African American. Gee, they're never targeted, are they?

And by re-registering Democrats as Republicans, the group prevented them from being contacted by Dems for the crucial get-out-the-vote push. After all, why would Democrats want to encourage Republicans when they're trying like crazy to make sure their own party members cast ballots?

Please click on all three links to read more.

Apparently Republicans think this is what they must do to "win" elections: Steal, cheat, and lie. It's all they have. After all, they're wrong on the issues and have an inferior, inept candidate.