By Brad Friedman

National Republican Voter Registration Strategy Includes Lying To Potential Voters About ‘Taking A Poll’ In Order To Screen Out Obama Supporters

October 3, 2012 10:38 am Category: Memo Pad 13 Comments A+ / A-

Cross-posted from BradBlog

From Palm Beach to Richmond, from Las Vegas to Portland, it’s not a coincidence… it’s a coordinated GOP scheme intended to keep Obama supporters from signing up to vote.

While a major element of the Republican National Committee’s strategy to game the 2012 elections by affecting who gets to vote and who does not has been cut off at the knees in the wake of a criminal election fraud complaint and other late developments in the still-widening GOP Voter Registration Fraud Scandal, a disturbing and abhorrent nationwide GOP voter registration strategy may have also been revealed by it.

The coordinated strategy, as evidenced by recent video documentation emerging from a number of key states, includes registration workers screening out Democratic-leaning voters from registration drives in order to keep them from registering. The way it’s done: lying to potential registrants about a “voter survey,” rather than disclosing that workers are actually there to register voters  — but only Republican-leaning ones. The deceptive tactic has so far been seen this year in several of the five battleground states where the RNC’s controversial, and potentially criminal, $3 million registration program was scuttled late last week after fraudulent registration forms were discovered to have been turned in by a shady firm hired by the RNC to sign up Republican voters in Florida and four other states.

The BRAD BLOG has also collected evidence suggesting that the dishonest registration tactic also appears to be in use in states where the RNC’s firm, Strategic Allied Consulting, is not said to be operating, suggesting that the practice is not just one used by the discredited firm, but rather a nationwide scheme by the GOP.

Questions about the legality of the tactic are emerging as well, though the deplorable ethics of the practice, legal or otherwise, would seem to be beyond dispute.

Election officials in the five states where Strategic was paid some $3 million by the RNC to do voter registration — Florida, North Carolina, Virginia, Colorado, and Nevada — are now said to be in the process of scrambling to review tens of thousands of new and updated voter registration forms submitted by state Republican Parties, as collected by the firm owned by Nathan Sproul, a longtime, notorious GOP operative and paid political consultant of Mitt Romney’s campaign. But the disturbing, and seemingly coordinated, tactic of registration workers instructed to misrepresent themselves in order to screen out potential Democratic voters is coming to light as a separate element of the GOP Voter Registration Fraud Scandal.

To date, The BRAD BLOG has documented instances of the phony “polling” tactic being used by Republican voter registration workers in Colorado, Virginia, Nevada, Oregon, and, in years past, Tennessee and Minnesota. Our suspicion at the moment: What we have been able to discover to date is just the tip of the iceberg…

Strategic Allied Consulting’s ‘Voter Survey’ Lie

In the very first of our continuing series on the GOP Voter Registration Fraud Scandal last Tuesday, as Palm Beach election officials confirmed to us that the state GOP had turned in more than 100 apparently fraudulent registration applications, we raised the question of whether the FL scheme was tied to a YouTube video out of El Paso County, CO which we’d reported on that morning, after it had gone viral just days earlier. The video shows a young lady serving as a registration worker outside of a Colorado Springs Safeway grocery store, claiming to be “polling people,” and asking the woman who caught the encounter on videotape: “Would you vote for Romney or Obama?”

The woman knew the young lady was not “polling people,” but was registering voters, so she was understandably aghast to discover that the fake pollster was screening out potential Obama supporters, and appearing to only offer voter registration forms to Romney supporters.

When we initially covered the fraudulent voter registration forms turned in by the GOP in Palm Beach County (similarly “potentially fraudulent voter registration forms submitted on behalf of the state GOP” have since been discovered “in at least 11 Florida counties,” according to the LA Times) we connected a few evidentiary dots to ask: “Was the young worker in Colorado Springs hired by Strategic Allied Consulting for her work with the local GOP?”

The BRAD BLOG subsequently contacted Justin Miller, Communications Director for the CO Republican Party. He confirmed that she was, in fact, working for a third-party contractor hired by the state GOP, though he claimed he did not have the name of the company handy. After promising to get back to us with the name of the company (he never did), on Friday night, FOX31 in Denver “confirmed that the young woman seen registering voters outside a Colorado Springs grocery store in a YouTube video, in which she admits to trying to only register voters who support Mitt Romney, was indeed a contract employee of Sproul’s company.”

We had been immediately suspicious that she had worked for Sproul’s group, since they were, by then, reportedly working in Colorado, and since Greg Flynn of BlueNC (who was also the one to discover Sproul & Associates’ ownership of the StrategicAlliedConsulting.com Internet domain, before it was then set to “private” in a belated attempt to hide Sproul’s fingerprints) had documented help-wanted ads placed in CO and elsewhere, seeking $13/hour workers “interested in helping Mitt Romney win” who would “go to high traffic areas, identify conservative voters, ensure that their voter registration is up to date, and then report back at night with their data and the voter registration forms that they collected.”

It sounded exactly like what was seen on the CO viral video, and now we know that it was. Strategic was contracted by the RNC to do voter registration in both CO and NC, as well as FL, VA and NV, and “Get Out the Vote” efforts in WI and OH.

But that same tactic seen in the CO video — Republican workers misrepresenting themselves as “pollsters” before offering a registration form to certain people — has since emerged in Florida, and several other states as well.

In Virginia, Richmond’s CBS 6 news covered the GOP fraud scandal late last week, as the state Republican Party, which reportedly paid Strategic Allied Consulting some $500,000 for their services, announced they were firing the group. In their report, Chesterfield County’s chief election official General Registrar Larry Haake is quoted citing the very same strategy used by the group’s registration workers there.

“They were responsible for people that appeared in some libraries in Chesterfield County, supposedly to conduct voter registration drives,” Haake said, “but they were asking voters for whom they are going to vote.”

Haak says he informed the GOP of the incident when it occurred, but, apparently, no action was taken at the time.

In Nevada, another Strategic Allied state, a woman was captured in a news report by Las Vegas ABC affiliate Action News 13  — focused on something other than this — carrying out the exact same dishonest strategy.

“We are taking a quick poll today,” the woman is seen saying just outside of a local DMV office. “If the election were held tomorrow, who would you support, Romney or Obama?”

Sproul’s firm cited this video, proudly, in an email to their supervisors around the country in mid-August. They posted the email, which links to the video, publicly last week as part of a lengthy statement on their website meant to defend themselves in the wake of the emerging scandal.

The email, brought to the attention of The BRAD BLOG by Sproul himself, boasts about the video news report as evidence of one of their workers seen doing her job “perfectly.”

“The bright white lights of a presidential campaign are on,” the email begins, “This was filmed in NV. You can see that our worker did her job perfectly. Good job.

In Florida, where the focus has been on the apparently fraudulent registration forms submitted around the state with changed addresses that could result in disenfranchised voters on November 6th, the Los Angeles Times interviewed the man Strategic Allied has fingered as the worker who submitted the initial batch in question in Palm Beach County.

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  • bcarreiro

    I dont even have to read this article to tell these so called humans that we (all) are fighting the war on terrorism and this is not the time nor the place to play games. Your objective to tear down your own president and people is downright depressing. Someday the script will be flipped on you …….carma!!!!!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1231720911 Mike Foster

      I like to think I’ll be more objective should this become the case (script being flipped) – but I’m not so sure.

      • bcarreiro

        and………….read between the lines.

  • bamagal0007

    This a a flat out lie…just like the Voter ID laws suppressing dem voters!
    How freakin’ hard can it be?

    • Sand_Cat

      What exactly is a lie?

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HCRICNLRMQH4GYX2KWQYLNQTPI whitetiger

        You have to forgive her, she is from Alabama, a tea party Republican, that cant see the facts. Being a Democrat in Alabama, I meet a lot of dumb people.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HCRICNLRMQH4GYX2KWQYLNQTPI whitetiger

    This should be illegal. The person of these companies should be jailed, a felony, take their right to vote away.

  • nana4gj

    This entire campaign and every strategy is based on lies, fraud, corruption, and is just a highly strategized continuation of the past 4 years of the demoralization of the GOP. The guy who owns the company that was hired by the RNC to perpetrate this fraud is a paid political consultant of Romney.

  • quasm

    Mr. Friedman;

    Why are you so terrified that non-citizens may not get to vote for Pres. Obama?

    Dik Thurston;
    Colorado Springs

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/James-Curci/1479137600 James Curci

    Real voter fraud, from the Party of Dirty tricks, the GOP.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jim-Myers/100001512942781 Jim Myers

    The Republicans are counting on VOTER SUPPRESSION LAWS to hold back a large section of the Democratic voters, all for the sake of “Protecting” us from voter fraud at the polls.

    HOWEVER, THE FRAUD PERPETRATED BY A REPUBLICAN OPERATIVE OF THE “HOLIER THAN THOU” REPUBLICANS HAS SPREAD TO AT LEAST 11 STATES, and is on a scale in the 10’s of thousands, possibly 100’s of thousands of fraudulent votes. Contrast that to the extremely low number of actual cases of voter fraud that has been found at the polls in over a decade of searching.

    And to the Republican leaders who claim that they had no knowledge that this was going on, I have one question.

    WHY WOULD YOU PAY MILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO AN OUTSIDE BUSINESS IN ORDER TO REGISTER VOTERS, AND EXPECT THEM TO REGISTER MORE REPUBLICANS THAN DEMOCRATS?

    UNLESS IT WAS IMPLIED THAT THEY SHOULD FIND A WAY TO REGISTER MORE REPUBLICANS. WHICH THEY DID. BY EVERY DECEPTIVE METHOD THEY COULD THINK OF, INCLUDING DESTROYING AND MODIFYING REGISTRATION FORMS OF VOTERS WHO WERE DEMOCRATS.

    In all fairness, every voter that was registered by these criminals should be purged from the records. Every one who registered would then have to register again.

    As distasteful as this seems, it is only fair to the people who registered, and had their registrations destroyed or modified.

    IT IS TRULY SAD THAT A POLITICAL PARTY HAS TO STOOP THIS LOW IN ORDER TO “WIN” AN ELECTION.

    What kind of values are these people trying to instill in their children?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jerry-Lynch/100001588398865 Jerry Lynch

    There should only be 2 questions on a “voter survey.”
    They are: “Are you registered to vote?” and, “Would you like to register?”

  • ayayaboy

    I am angry with Obama why he could not tell Romney to stop lying to the American people. .. Remind Romney of all his claims during the Republican primaries. We all know that Romney is a liar and a fraud but Obama needed to say it to his face. One day Romney will repeal Dodd-Frank, another time Romney would praise the good things in Dodd-frank. Romney will tell Tea party that he will repeal Obamney care before the cock crows thrice, romney would say that there are lots of good things in Obamacare. Romney will tell Republican audience that Hispanic illegals must self-deport but will on TV debate say “we cannot round up people on the street”, but Romney is a big supporter of Arizona hostility against Hispanics. Romney proposes voucher system but says it will kick in after our generation. Why can’t Obama tell Romney to say how to handle present and not things of 30th century. Why can’t Obama tell Romney in his face that he had opportunities to create jobs with Bain but he instead fired people and made money firing people; he shipped jobs overseas; sent out his money to offshore when America needed cashflow; he is not coming clear about his career at Bain Capital; he is yet to prove his trustworthiness and fiscal patriotism with his tax returns; ask Romney whether he also supports Planned Parenthood today since he seemed to talk liberalism on debate floor? Ask Romney that he today sounds like anti-Tea party and anti-Arizona governor. How about asking Romney if he really doesn’t want to be president of the 47% welfare victims who will vote Obama? With these, Obama would have won the election that wednesday night. I travelled to Europe and watched the debate in a Bar and the Europeans said Obama left his supporters biting their fingers … Is this Obama or someone else? Some said Obama missed an opportunity to call out Romney-the-liar; others said Obama allowed the liar lie his way through the debate. Some European poked fun at Obama’s performance saying “a Havard lawyer could not argue his case against a fake businessman.” Obama must step up to revealing the rhetoric fakeness of Romney.

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