RNC cuts ties with firm tied to questionable voter registration applications
September 28th, 2012
09:50 PM ET
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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. Malory Archer

    This calls into question every application submitted by Strategic, and for that reason they should all be invalidated.

    September 29, 2012 07:58 am at 7:58 am |
  2. Jules

    Before the RNC hired Strategic Allied Consulting had been accused of throwing away the voting applications of those individuals who labeled themselves as Democrats and turned in the applications from those individuals listing themselves as Republicans but the Republican National Committee hired this same company again. Now they stand accused again. Wouldn't it seem safer to hire a company with a stellar record?

    September 29, 2012 08:00 am at 8:00 am |
  3. caeser

    If you can't win it...rig it.It's a way of life...and they call welfare people low.
    In our current society it doesn't matter how you get the money just that you get it .Honesty,hard work and integrity wont get you anything lie cheat and steal it's the American way.

    September 29, 2012 08:00 am at 8:00 am |
  4. MEME

    Was this before, or after they were caught!!

    September 29, 2012 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  5. larrylinn

    Republican voter fraud in Florida is not news, it is a tradition.

    September 29, 2012 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  6. Asturiano

    Republican voter fraud..... the truth revealed.

    September 29, 2012 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  7. Larry L

    Nothing could be more un-American than efforts to suppress certain groups of voters. Make no mistake – this is a Republican effort to keep minorities, seniors worried about Republicans killing Medicare, college students, and the very poor from the polls. If Republicans openly try to keep these groups from voting, how well would they represent them if elected?

    September 29, 2012 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  8. Norma Vessels

    You can't take your eyes off the Republican leaders for a second! They're like little two year old children, always getting up to something!

    September 29, 2012 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  9. vic , nashville ,tn

    Republicans governors pass the voter ID law same time period RNC spend $ 3 millions for illegal voter registration

    September 29, 2012 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  10. Wondering Wanda

    I think this is just the tip of the voter fraud cover-up by the Republican–They are so against the bi-racial president–he was rasied by whites, his whole world was shaped by rural whites from kansas-why do they fear him?

    September 29, 2012 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  11. Pete

    This the same NathanSprous that was caught shredding ballots for Bush in two of his elections is at it again..SAC out of Arizona thus after that republican debacle the head of elections in Florida had to resign as well,thanks again Jeb Bush for rigging another one for your idiot brother..The republicans can't win one presidencial election straight so they'll try to rig another one,try that democrates you'd be publicly hung for it,can you say double standard...Can republicans with a Mormon moron running for president say hypocritical,ignorent,no they're too stupid for that!!

    September 29, 2012 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  12. Whn you cannot win honestly

    Terrible when you get caught...

    September 29, 2012 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  13. scmom

    This is sad...committing fraud to prove fraud. These republican nuts have really gone off the deepened.

    September 29, 2012 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  14. MS

    Republicans have been crying for months about voter fraud, and it turns out that they're the ones guilty of it.

    September 29, 2012 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  15. Slightly Left of Center

    So will the RNC contact those people whose application may be questionable and get them properly registered? Or will they wait to see if they vote for President Obama and then have them thrown out?

    ... "ensuring integrity of elections is a high priority."... We'll see.

    September 29, 2012 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  16. Chris

    Well Republicans have been ranting about rampant voter fraud for months now and they finally found some – in their own backyard.

    September 29, 2012 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  17. Lyla M

    We all know what this lying, sleezy GOP party is trying to do. They are pointing fingers at the Dems in their faux outrage over "voter fraud" resulting in ridiculous tactics to block Dem votes, yet they are the ones caught doing crap like this. If they win, it will clearly be stolen once again. We have not forgotten Florida.and the Bush/Gore mess. We need to fight this now! They can't come up with a viable candidate for today's Americans, so they resort to cheating and lying like a bunch of babies. They have a lousy candidate and are desperate at this point that the man of color will have another 4 yrs.

    September 29, 2012 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  18. michael

    CNN, where is the reporting on the voter suppression efforts of RNC. I know 9 states passed photo Id laws! Now, in Florida, Colorado and Ohio.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 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  19. me

    Future of GOP= Whig, Federalist and Democratic-Republican Parties

    September 29, 2012 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  20. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    This is a multi state republican voter fraud problem. Voter suppression and illegal registering is a criminal activity, but is what republicans are all about.

    September 29, 2012 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
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