Outside a local Safeway store in El Paso County, Colorado, which includes the city Colorado Springs, a young woman stands asking shoppers if they’d like to register to vote. While that may seem benign enough, the woman prefaces her “voter registration” with a simple question:
“Would you vote for Romney or Obama?”
When confronted about the question, the young woman admitted she was only registering voters for a particular party, because she was “out here in support of Romney, actually.” Under questioning, the young woman went on to indicate she was working for the county clerk’s office, the County Clerk of El Paso County being Wayne W. Williams, a Republican who was formerly the head of the El Paso County Republican Party. However, it turns out the woman was not actually working for the county clerk; she was in the employ of Strategic Allied Consulting, a Republican campaign firm with a rather sordid history of election shenanigans.
Watch the video for yourself:
It’s also being reported that the young woman in the video was a contract worker for Strategic Allied Consulting, a company owned by Nathan Sproul,a Republican operative whose other company, Lincoln Strategies, has a long history of voter suppression efforts.
– In Oregon and Nevada, Lincoln Strategies — then known as Sproul and Associates — was investigated for destroying Democratic voter registration forms. The Bush-Cheney 2004 presidential campaign paid Sproul $7.4 million for campaign work. [CNN, 10/14/04; KGW News, 10/13/04; East Valley Tribune, 09/07/06]
– In Nevada, people who registered as Democrats with Lincoln Strategies — then known as Sproul and Associates — found their names absent from the voter registration rolls. [Reno Gazette-Journal, 10/29/04]
– During the 2006 midterm elections, Wal-Mart banned Lincoln Strategies for partisan voter registration efforts in Tennessee. The Republican National Committee had hired the firm. [Associated Press, 08/24/06]
– In Arizona, Lincoln Strategies employed a variety of deceptive tactics — including systematically lying about the bill — to push a ballot initiative to eviscerate the state’s clean elections law. [Salon, 10/21/04]
– Lincoln Strategies, then employed by the Republican Party, was behind efforts to place Ralph Nader on the ballot in states such as Arizona. [American Prospect, 06/25/04]
It’s important to note Nathan Sproul has received over $70,000 from the campaign of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney for “field consulting,” while his company Strategic Allied Consulting has been paid $3.1 million by the Republican National Committee. Strategic Allied Consulting has come under investigation in Florida after officials in at least 10 counties have identified suspicious and possibly fraudulent voter registration forms turned in by Strategic Allied Consulting.
So the next time you hear some Republican/conservative screaming about vote fraud, just remember that their side is guilty as hell when it comes to committing vote fraud in some form or another.