Nathan Sproul, the guy who has mucked up more Republican candidates’ races than just about any other political “expert” in Arizona, and his company Strategic Allied Consulting of Tempe, are under investigation for what appears to be cases of suspected voter fraud. Sproul is the founder and managing partner of Lincoln Strategy Group.
Strategic Allied Consulting turned in over 100 questionable registration forms, with similar signatures and wrong addresses according to various news sources.
Sproul blamed the alleged fraud on the actions of a few “bad apples,” workers who were hired to register Republican voters for $12 an hour and then tried to “cheat the system,” according to NBC.
The Republican National Committee has severed its ties to the firm.
“We have heard from supervisors in six counties that they have irregularities in voter registration,” said Chris Cate, spokesman for the Florida Department of State, which oversees the state’s division of elections, according to NBC.
Although local prosecutors are already investigating the firm’s conduct, Cate said state officials were also considering turning the matter over to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to determine if there was a pattern of misconduct.
The suspected fraud included apparent cases of dead people being registered as Republican voters, said Paul Lux, the supervisor of elections in Okaloosa County and a Republican. In the NBC report, Lux compared the suspected fraud to the alleged acts of ACORN, the liberal activist group that became the center of a national controversy several years ago.
Sproul is best known in Arizona for his work for big money contributors.
It is well known that the big money donors in Arizona “suggest” that a candidate use the services of Sproul’s firm if they hope to have access to the big money donors.
According to many political operatives, typically Sproul, who is generally out of touch with the average voter, steps into existing campaigns, charges a small fortune for his firm’s services, and proceeds to re-market the candidates into something unelectable.
Many Republican candidates have opted to forgo the access to the deep pocket donors rather than use the services of Sproul and Lincoln Strategy Group. “Some of these guys are political predators, the average candidate has no idea what tactics these guys use. Then they innocently get caught up in their dirty tricks,” say one Republican operative. “I tell them to give up the money that would come your way and run clean, but you have to know what you are doing to even know to stay away from some of these “operators.”