Monday, October 01, 2012

Rep. Cummings probes RNC consulting firm over voter fraud allegations


By Eric W. Dolan/Raw Story
Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) on Monday requested GOP consultant Nathan Sproul provide documents regarding his relationship with the RNC, which recently fired his firm over allegations of voter registration fraud.
The RNC hired Strategic Allied Consulting to run a voter registration drives in Florida, Virginia, Colorado, North Carolina and Nevada. The RNC severed ties with Strategic Allied Consulting last week after Florida officials traced more than 100 possibly fake registration forms back to the company.
Cummings, a ranking member of the House Oversight Committee, questioned Sproul in a letter over his relationship with the RNC. Sproul’s previous consulting firm, Sproul & Associates, was accused of destroying Democratic voter registration forms in 2004 during a RNC-funded voter registration drive.

“Instead of the RNC having ‘zero tolerance’ for voter registration fraud, you claimed that RNC officials asked you to form your new company, Strategic Allied Consulting, in June for the specific purpose of concealing your connections to these previous allegations,” Cummings wrote, referencing Sproul’s comments to the Los Angeles Times.
“In a blunt concession, you reportedly stated that you ‘created Strategic Allied Consulting at the request of the Republican National Committee because of the bad publicity stemming from past allegations.’”
Sproul has insisted the fake voter registration forms were merely the product of “bad actors.” In a statement, the company said it had fired the individual responsible.

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