Romney/RNC consultant investigated for voter fraud

UPDATE: The scandal has now spread statewide, with at least ten Florida counties reporting irregularities. More troublesome is the news that the firm in question is now revealed to be working for the GOP in at least seven other swing states. Should we believe that the alleged fraud was only limited to one state, and that the RNC and the Romney campaign knew nothing about this?

A firm doing business with the National Republican Committee and the Romney campaign is being investigated for voter fraud.

The firm has done $2.9 million in business with the Republican National Committee this year alone, and another firm run by the same did $80,000 in work for Romney.

Remember what I also say: Republicans accuse us of doing what they are, and we’re not.

From NBC’s First Read:

The Republican National Committee has fired a controversial consulting firm it was paying millions of dollars to conduct voter registration in five battleground states, NBC News has learned.

The move came after the Palm Beach County, Fla., elections supervisor discovered 108 potentially fraudulent registration forms submitted by the GOP consulting firm, including suspected phony signatures and home addresses that matched those of a gas station, a medical building, and a Land Rover automotive dealership.

NBC News has learned that four other Florida counties have also reported hundreds of possible fraudulent registration forms submitted by the firm, including apparent dead people being registered as new voters.

Prosecutors in two counties are investigating possible voter fraud by the GOP consulting firm, officials said.


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  • cole3244

     sounds like another gop talking point to me, on the other hand if you tell a low info voter something enough times that voter will believe anything, you belong to a racist party and that is something you have to live with no matter how many excuses you come up with to justify it.

  • Naja pallida

    Part of the problem is that by most states’ laws, only an actual elections official can determine whether a voter registration form is valid or not. So, technically, it isn’t legal for these “get out the vote” groups to just throw out registrations, even if they believe them to be invalid. At best, they can flag the ones they believe are questionable, and make sure the elections officials know to be sure to go through those ones carefully… but one would think they would be going through all the registrations carefully. It only rises to the level of fraud once they start seeing a systematic return of false registrations… and it has to be pinned on the whole organization, not just the individual workers. Considering the forms probably go through the hands of a half dozen people before they even get submitted to the state.

    In general, the process of our voting is ridiculous, full of red tape, and only serves to create barriers to voting, and make the work of elections messy, requiring meticulous attention to detail… which is difficult to get when you often are dealing with volunteers and/or low-pay employees who just want to get paid and don’t really care. There is a reason why we have such a low voter turnout in this country, compared to most other “civilized” nations, and it isn’t just apathy. It’s that we make the process complicated, when it should be among our easiest actions as citizens.

  • Naja pallida

    Except “Acorn people” weren’t found voting multiple times, despite this being a common belief. Several ACORN offices were even raided and audited. What was found was that people getting paid 8 dollars an hour for the crappy job of trying to encourage the public to do paperwork were cheating the system by filling out fake forms themselves. Somewhere in the “thousands” of fake forms… for people that could never have voted, because, well, they didn’t exist. And party affiliation of all those fake registrations was not really mentioned, people just made the assumption that they were Democratic because ACORN tended to work for Democratic causes. The person doing the registration could possibly have kept a record of all those fake registrations they made and gone to the polls multiple times, but that would have required them to sign up names in multiple polling places, and travel between them, standing in line to vote each time. Of which there was no evidence found. If you recall the attorney generals scandal under Bush, this lack of evidence – yet the administration wanting attorney generals to continue wasting time and resources investigating non-existent fraud – was a part of it.

    Anyway, a similar thing happened with Strategic Allied Consulting, but it remains to be seen if it the motive was simply laziness or if it was done with malicious intent. But the people who lead this group have been caught doing this very same thing in the past, more than once. The head guy was also caught faking his FEC filings… but each time they get caught, they just disappear for a bit and then pop up under another consulting firm name and do it all over again. The secondary accusation, throwing out the registrations of people who registered themselves as Democratic, was obviously done with malicious intent and even more disgusting – and again, has been done by the same people in the past.

  • Cathy

    This should not surprise anyone.  I’m sure it is happening with the companies the Dems hired too.  Here is how these voter registration companies work.

    All of these jobs are part time jobs.  You get paid $10 an hour and you have to get 6 forms filled out each hour to get paid.  Most of the time you sit at a table outside a supermarket or college and ask people to register.  You don’t check id’s.  So, what likely happened is you had employee filling the registration to get paid,  And you had lazy supervisors not doing any double checking.  
    Yes, it’s against the law, but how do you prove who did it?  The employee will likely say, I just turned in what people filled out.  And we all know there are people who would fill out forms in error to mess with others.

  • Cathy

    that is good.  

  • Cathy

    There is the race card again!  I’m white and I’m a republican and I know they is voter fraud personally.  In 2008 when I went to vote I saw both my mother and father’s names on the voting sheet.   I asked why they were there and was told they couldn’t tell me, I said, they’ve been died for 15 years.  I was then asked to bring their death cert.because they had both voted absentee.  

    I’ve lived in Chicago area for years and I know that their has been fault on the Dems side of years.  I don’t trust any political person from Chicago.  Heck, the only reason Kennedy was elected was because of the dead vote in Chicago.
    But I’m sure their are cheaters on the Republican side too. 

  • Cathy

    For your own safety, I hope you are just joking.  Because one, if you are doing this in a main Republican area (city) the police are going to arrest you.   Second, if you are in Florida – have fun with “that make my day law.”  

    If you believe in this country, how can you hassle any voter?  I fear that people are going to loss their lives if there is voter intimidation again this election.   The black panthers did it in 2008 and other groups have stated that they will be at the polled to make sure everyone can vote.      

  • Cathy

    You can’t get a job without a photo id, you can’t get government aide without a photo id, You can’t get a bank account without a photo id.    So, how are these people living without one?   In most states a photo id is free.   

    Boy, Obama had to show his id when he voted.

  • Cathy

    Acorn people were found voting multiple times.  No just false information on forms. 1) The GOP fired the company when it was found.   2)  My son worked for a company that  was doing vote registration at his college  He had to throw out over half of forms because people were being A**holes and putting in false information.  In this political charged campaign, we all know people are playing dirty.   What better why to mess with the other campaign, then fill out wrong information on a voter form.

    I still haven’t seen the story about college students being told by Obama supporters, that if they went to college in state A but lived in state B in the summer, they could register and vote in both states.  

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