The Republican Party of Virginia has terminated the lucrative half million dollar contract it had with Strategic Allied Consulting over allegations of potential voter registration fraud in numerous counties in Florida. The group was hired to register Virginia voters.
This past week, the Florida Republican Party also fired Strategic Allied Consulting after reports of voter fraud in Palm Beach County, Florida arose. The state paid the firm $1.3 million to register voters. And in a noteworthy display of distrust, the Republican National Committee has also severed its $3 million relationship with the firm, according to this report in the Florida Times-Union. The Tampa Bay Times has filed a thorough report detailing myriad problems. Florida enacted sweeping elections law to address voter fraud during the 2011 session.
Strategic Allied Consulting was also paid $466,643 by the Colorado Republican Campaign Committee and $666,536 by the North Carolina Republican Executive Committee.
And who resurfaces as the less than honorable face behind Strategic Allied Consultants? None other than duplicitous McCain ally, Nathan Sproul. It is an election cycle, after all.
His business, formerly known as Sproul & Associates changed its name to Lincoln Strategy Group in an effort to clean up its previously sullied image — but appears bonded to the words “strategy” and “strategic.”
Sproul’s misadventures of this type are not his first, as you can read here. He’s made millions from the Republican National Committee going back to his questionable dealings in 2004.
Sproul, a one-time executive director of the Arizona Republican Party, has previously been under investigation by the Oregon Attorney General’s office for altering the voter registration forms of several thousand students in that state.
The state and national parties moved swiftly to distance themselves from Strategic Allied Consulting, which should have raised red flags before it was hired this year. “We have zero tolerance for any threat to the integrity of elections,” said RNC Communications Director Sean Spicer. “When we were informed of an alleged incident we immediately cut all ties to the company.”
The overriding question remains, why does anyone still do business with Nathan Sproul — regardless of what he calls his company?