Question: Who is the largest single contractor of the Republican Party of Florida today?
Answer: Someone whose company, in 2004, shredded Democratic voter registration forms.
And now it's happening again.
Meet Nathan Sproul. His first cause was ending sex education. That catapulted him to the head of the Republican Party of Arizona.
Sproul then set up Sproul & Associates. In 2004, Republicans paid Sproul's firm $7.9 million to go around registering voters under the confusing name of "America Votes," which happens to be the name of a large progressive organization. Then a former employee of Sproul & Associates showed a local TV station shredded voter registration forms - for Democrats only. He said that Sproul's firm faithfully turned in Republican registration forms, and shredded the Democratic ones. Or just refused to register Democrats at all. Another Sproul employee said the same thing.
Fast forward to the 2008 election, in Florida. ACORN registered tens of thousands of new voters, Democratic, Republican and Independent. ACORN was so good at voter registration that Republican leaders in the Florida state government retaliated by criminalizing the voter registration process. The Republicans booby-trapped voter registration so badly that even the Florida League of Women Voters gave up. Virtually any irregularity in the voter registration process can land you in jail. And you know what they did to ACORN.
Fast forward again, to the 2012 election, in Florida. The Republican Party of Florida, the Republican National Committee, and the Romney Campaign all hire a firm called Strategic Allied Consulting to do voter registration in Florida. In fact, Strategic Allied Consulting has become the single largest contractor to the Republican Party of Florida, receiving more than $3 million. It is the sole voter registration operation hired by the Republican National Committee, at the expense of a further $3 million. It has been hired to do the same work in Nevada, Colorado, North Carolina and Virginia. And the person behind Strategic Allied Consulting is . . . Nathan Sproul.
Which explains the reports, this month, of voter registration fraud by Strategic Allied Consulting in a dozen Florida counties. More than 100 cases in one county alone.
Here in Florida, we've had Republicans suppress the Democratic vote by every method known to mankind. They have purged the voter rolls, in express violation of the Voting Rights Act. They cut early voting days in half, because so many African-Americans were voting that way. Their extremist voter ID laws place the burden on the voter to provide his identity to their satisfaction. They have made election administration completely partisan. They have created artificial shortages of voting machines in heavily Democratic precincts. They have excluded convicts from voting, and made it virtually impossible for them to restore their constitutional rights. They have even set up roadblocks between voters and polling places on Election Day. The head of the Republican Party of Florida testified under oath that he attended
meetings where the subject was "keeping blacks from voting."
Well, we're fighting back. With barely three weeks to go before the election, we are still signing up every voter whom we can, to vote by mail. That way, any problems come to the surface before Election Day, when there is still time to correct them.
We're going door to door. And that costs money. Show your support, and help us make sure that every vote is counted.
P.S. (from the Grayson campaign): Anyone who contributes $25 or more by 11:59 pm on Monday night will have a chance to be chosen to join Alan Grayson and Nancy Pelosi in Orlando for lunch this coming Thursday.