Republican National Committee Drops Firm Over Voter Fraud AllegationsSubmitted by Knucklehead on Fri, 09/28/2012 - 06:56
The Republican National Committee has terminated its relationship with Strategic Allied Consulting, a firm run by longtime GOP consultant Nathan Sproul that is currently under investigation for possible voter fraud in three Florida counties.
The RNC had paid the firm $2.9 million this year to conduct voter registration drives in five swing states -- Colorado, Florida, Nevada, North Carolina and Virginia.
NBC also notes that Mitt Romney's campaign paid approximately $80,000 to Lincoln Strategy Group, another firm run by Sproul, for "field consulting." Sarah Pompei, a spokeswoman for the campaign, sought to distance Romney's team from the company, telling NBC, "We used this vendor for signature gathering services during the primary but have not used them since 2011."
But what could cause trouble are news reports from 2012 linking Sproul to the campaign. An Associated Press report quoted him in February as "an Arizona political consultant who is working for Romney's campaign."
Additionally, Federal Election Commission filings show that the Romney campaign made two payments totaling $889.44 for "Rent & Utilities" to Lincoln Strategy Group in March 2012.