RNC No Longer Tied to Voter-Drive Company
After prosecutors in Florida began an investigation into the possibility of fraud dealing with voter registration forms, the Republican National Committee abruptly ended its relationship with a company running large voter drive efforts in seven important battleground states.
Through state Republican Parties, the RNC has already sent over $3.1 million to Strategic Allied Consulting this year. SAC is a company formed during June by political consultant Nathan Sproul of Arizona.
Sproul operated other companies that were accused previously of improprieties that in effect were designed to help candidates in the Republican Party. The accusations included dumping voter registration forms the Democrats had filled out. No criminal charges have ever been filed because of the allegations. SAC was contracted to perform registration drives for voters in Colorado, Florida Nevada, North Carolina and Virginia.
Also planned were voter drives in Wisconsin and Ohio. A company owned by Sproul, Lincoln Strategy Group received $70,000 in payments from the Republican presidential campaign of Mitt Romney for gathering signatures during the primaries.
Election officials in Palm Beach County Florida turned over more than 100 forms that were discovered to be forgeries, to Florida prosecutors. Officials from other counties in the state are reviewing all registration forms that were turned in by the GOP in the state.
The rapid decision made by the RNC to distance itself from SAC comes at a time when Republicans across the country are trying to make voter fraud an important issue by pushing for voter ID laws in many states.
A RNC spokesperson said the Party has a policy of zero tolerance when it comes to voter fraud and ended all ties with the company on Wednesday. He said the RNC severed its relationship with SAC, acting both boldly and swiftly.