RNC cuts ties with firm tied to questionable voter registration applications
September 28th, 2012
09:50 PM ET
2 years ago

RNC cuts ties with firm tied to questionable voter registration applications

(CNN) - The Republican National Committee said this week it has cut ties with a consulting firm that Florida election officials say may have filed falsified voter registration paperwork.

Palm Beach County, Florida, Supervisor of Elections Susan Bucher told CNN that her office has called into question as many as 106 voter registration applications that were turned in by someone connected to Strategic Allied Consulting. Fred Petti, an attorney for the firm, said the employee involved in the questionable signatures was "fired immediately."

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Sean Spicer, communications director for the Republican National Committee, did not say if the consulting group or its leader, Nathan Sproul, had done anything wrong, but said "ensuring integrity of elections is a high priority."

"We have zero tolerance for allegations of impropriety," Spicer said, explaining the committee's decision not to work any more with the firm.

Republicans in the swing states of Colorado, Florida, North Carolina and Virginia have paid Strategic Allied Consulting at least $3 million in recent months for voter registration and get-out-the-vote efforts, although the issues appear to be limited to Florida.

The story was first reported by NBC News.

Petti, Strategic Allied Consulting's attorney in Arizona, said the consulting firm tracked the suspect signatures, which he said led to the single employee who was fired.

The lawyer said he did not know more details, but guessed that the now-fired employee had provided "false signatures" by completing voter registration "applications and (writing in) people's names."

Other Florida counties have been looking into their voter registration cards, the lawyer said, and as many as a couple hundred other signatures may be in question.

Those cases already questioned by the Palm Beach County elections office have been turned over to a local prosecutor, said Bucher.

In 2004, Democratic members of Congress questioned Sproul's election activities in Arizona, Nevada and Oregon. Petti said, though, that Sproul was "falsely accused" and that no charges were ever filed.


Filed under: 2012 • Florida • Republican National Committee
soundoff (45 Responses)
  1. independent

    Where is the GOP hew and cry? Criminal prosecution, repayment of State funds, penalties, what other contracts do they have in other States? You got so worked up about Acorn, where is that outrage? Oh, these guys are your stooges.

    September 28, 2012 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  2. n

    Listen up america, the republican party are desperate enough to cheat by committing voters fraud. Beware, when they start pointing the finger at dems, chances are, they, the republicans, are the real perpetrators .

    September 28, 2012 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  3. ralph malph

    yeah, what else is new. why does this not surprise me? when they are not crying, they're lying. when they're not complaining, they're training. trying worker to intimidate. training workers to cheat. training tv personalities to conspire. really, they are pathetic – not the voters, but the herders. the herd is just lost. wish it wasn't so. if you think about it, whatever demise there is of the country, they have a hand in it (albeit a very big hand). get right, by turning LEFT.

    September 28, 2012 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  4. aalisa31

    Cheaters... and the RNC knew this when they hired them...

    September 28, 2012 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  5. USwatcher

    Here we go again...election time in Florida...watch out from the one who cries voter fraud.

    September 28, 2012 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  6. Donkey Party

    The GOP, the true hand behind voter fraud AND voter suppression.

    September 28, 2012 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  7. Romney cares less

    The Repubsteabags will cheat to win! Everyone keep your eyes open and don't let it happen!

    September 28, 2012 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  8. MaryM

    Say it isn't so. The GOP is cheating. lol

    September 28, 2012 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  9. Purush

    It all happens in Florida. Back to Al Gore – Dubya election times when it was a different firm – Data Base Technologies – which probably massaged the voter list in favour of republicans allowing Bush wo win election. And now there is another firm. What is it with Florida republicans that makes them try to beat the rules and try to win even if it means adopting unfair methods?

    September 29, 2012 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  10. aaron

    Well, well, well, the chickens come home to roost. After all the unproven accusations against ACORN for fraudulent voter registrations, Repubs find themselves in the midst of their own voter registration fraud. Guess they are building a case to justify disenfranchising minority voters with id requirements by claiming the fraudulent registration of white voters as a reason.

    September 29, 2012 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  11. michael

    CNN, this was a very soft article, compared to the L A Times indepth reporting and information gathered! Here is some facts from the article that was conveniently left out by your article. "Working through state parties, the RNC has sent more than $3.1 million this year to Strategic Allied Consulting, a company formed in June by Nathan Sproul, an Arizona political consultant. Sproul has operated other firms that have been accused in the past of improprieties designed to help Republican candidates, including dumping registration forms filled out by Democrats. None of those allegations have led to criminal charges. 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."

    September 29, 2012 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
  12. Republican who supports President Obama

    I can't hear the gloss over job the right wingers will say about this. They were ranting and raving about ACORN and illegals being registered when we now see this firm engage in shady activity. My question is this – if this organization came to my door in an attempt to get me to register and I choose to be a Dem, Independent, or other what would they do with my form? Chuck it in the garbage?

    The system is in dire need of an update. The registration process should be 100% non-partisan.

    September 29, 2012 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  13. Dvet

    This entire republican party need to be removed from office. They are past rotten.

    September 29, 2012 12:36 am at 12:36 am |
  14. Reggie from LA

    Weren't they the ones yelping about voter fraud to the extent that they passed laws against "fraudulent voters"? That's the new term bigots use to discriminate against minorities and folks who need to be disenfranchised against. "Hey! Look at those "fraudulent voters" over there on that bench. They must be part of that 47% too, tee hee hee."

    And "you people" are gonna vote for Robme aren't you? Oh yeah. Dumb.

    September 29, 2012 12:39 am at 12:39 am |
  15. BigTBone

    Nobody? Nobody?

    Florida is a cesspool of voter fraud and it's buried for the weekend...

    DO NOT LET THIS SLIDE...

    September 29, 2012 12:40 am at 12:40 am |
  16. enuff

    It's hard to claim that the other party is guilty of actions, when your own integrity is questioned. The republican party is having a rough year.

    September 29, 2012 01:45 am at 1:45 am |
  17. 47songs

    Why wasn't the employee arrested? Wasn't a crime committed?

    September 29, 2012 02:27 am at 2:27 am |
  18. Vicki

    Seems the GOP was well aware that Sproul was not the most trustworthy person to head their voter registration activities since he had been suspected since 2004 by Democrats. Just because no charges were filed does not mean that Sproul has not been a crook for a long time.

    September 29, 2012 02:29 am at 2:29 am |
  19. Jeremy theodore

    If you're not out to suppress vote, then you should make sure whatever requirements that you're asking for is something anyone already have, or you give them the possibility of having. I think it's clear to all what most of this is about. Voting should be the easiest thing, no matter what requirement we put up to reduce fraud, that is my fundemental right,

    September 29, 2012 04:37 am at 4:37 am |
  20. bb

    Where's the outrage on the right? Why hasn't the Tea Party taken to the streets in mass protest? What's taking Republican lawmakers so long to call for congressional hearings, IRS audits of Strategic Allied Consulting, and a Special Prosecutor in regards to allegations of republican voter fraud? When will Darrell Issa lead the charge for justice?

    September 29, 2012 04:38 am at 4:38 am |
  21. Ragin' Cajun

    Can we say Bush vs Gore Take Two? How can we trust the RNP when this type of impropriety keeps rearing its ugly head? Oh, and it may possibly involve several states this time. Hmmmm....

    September 29, 2012 04:57 am at 4:57 am |
  22. Brandy

    Isn't Sproul the same person who Romney said was part of his campaign in 2011. Is this the same Sproul who had three different names for his companies starting back in 2000, 2004, 2008 RNC paid $3million to Sproul then once Florida counties realized eight counties had similiar problems and brought this out to public then the RNC fired them.

    September 29, 2012 07:03 am at 7:03 am |
  23. Anonymous

    Would CNN elaborate? Were those attempts to register that are being rejected by folks who wanted to register a democrat? What was the percentage of those few hundred registrations being called false for each party? Did any of the folks that chose Republican as their designated party have their signatures checked? Inq

    September 29, 2012 07:12 am at 7:12 am |
  24. Harry Lime

    The emphasis of Gestalt therapy is on what is being done, thought, and felt at the present moment, rather than on what was, might be, could be, or should have been. The Republicans would be well-advised to look at what they ARE doing. Instead of imagined horribles by people of color who Republicans will never meet in places they will never go.

    September 29, 2012 07:14 am at 7:14 am |
  25. Bill Hurlburt

    Crooks liars and thives you fixed elections twice for nit wit Bush and now you are at it again. This will cost you a lot of real votes by real people

    September 29, 2012 07:44 am at 7:44 am |
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