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  •  It seems the digging has begun (13+ / 0-)

    This diary is an aggregation of media articles, as are most diaries on this site. There is very little original reporting over here. The diarist relied on information from other sources that are compiled in a nice package here. This is great stuff.

    Someone dug to get the original information. Reporters love good stories. The original story from the PB Post attracted interest from other Florida papers and the major papers around the country. That will continue. Maybe now the media narrative will shift from the misperceived, false construct of the horse race to the shenanigans to disrupt elections and the mood shift of the voters. They don't trust the GOP. No, WE don't trust the GOP.

    •  NO ONE should EVER trust the GOP. Crooked (8+ / 0-)

      to the core. The fact they hired Sproul after all he did in past elections proves this crookedness!

      Agree with your post and hope they keep digging.

      Great diary!

      "extreme concentration of income is incompatible with real democracy.... the truth is that the whole nature of our society is at stake." Paul Krugman

      by Gorette on Mon Oct 01, 2012 at 06:41:24 AM PDT

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    •  Similar to U.S. District Attorney controversy... (9+ / 0-)

      The U.S. District Attorney controversy (Rove pressuring US DAs to  be political) came to light when TPM began to receive stories from around the country that had a similar thread.  It didn't take long to connect the dots and see that all threads led back to the White House.

      It's another failure of our political system that no one in the Bush White House (cough, Rove, cough) didn't serve prison time for their illegal actions.

      And in an better environment, this current scandal should lead to the end of the Republican Party.  It has the marks of multi-year and multi-state efforts by the GOP to corrupt the elections process as it broke many federal and state laws several hundred if not several thousand times (for every illegal act).

    •  this diarist has done a lot of original work on (5+ / 0-)

      the story. As he mentions in the diary he's done hours of investigations tying this all together. Perhaps you should check out the link to his earlier diary too. Other kossacks are digging also. Personally I'm very impressed with what he's come up with and how he has presented it.

      I dedicated several hours on Saturday trying to see if I could find more companies in other states. First I found out that Strategic Allied Consulting LLC was organized in Virginia and the registered agent was CT Corporation System, which is a company that provides this service for a lot of companies. Remembering that one of the clues in Fang's article was that the wording of the online ad to hire "Voter Outreach Representatives" was almost identical. I tried searching for similar jobs only to discover that when the phone number and/or company name was listed, it turned out to be a temporary staffing agency. Most of these ads advertised a pay rate of $12 per hour. As somebody who's paid temporary agency bills for companies before, I know they the mark-up can be anywhere from 25% to 75%. Think about that. Sproul had 2,000 workers in Florida at $12/hour and paying mark-up on top of that. Many of the articles I've read say that many state Republican organizations were spending as much as half of their budget or more for these services.

      Finally, I spent several hours at the Federal Election Commission's website trying to go through the reports state Republican parties have submitted to see if I could discover the names of organizations other than Strategic Allied Consulting that had been paid for voter registration. The reports look like this. The problem is there is not way that I could find to search on the description field for "voter registration" and like services. Nor was a able to find a way to search by vendor name, although I was looking for names other than Strategic Allied anyway. Also, you have to look at each report individually, clicking through several links to get to each report. It's not a very user friendly system.

      Hopefully reporters with the skills and tools to root out more information about what the Republican Party has actually been doing around the country will continue to dig into this story.

      America could have chosen to be the worlds doctor, or grocer. We choose instead to be her policeman. pity

      by cacamp on Mon Oct 01, 2012 at 10:48:59 AM PDT

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      •  Thank you. I appreciate the compliments (4+ / 0-)
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        my efforts. I was a bit overwhelmed Saturday with the reaction over the first diary. I read two articles and had an
        ah ha moment and basically threw it together. I didn't expect it to get the big reaction it did.

        “Mitt Romney is the only person in America who looked at the way this Congress is behaving and said, ‘I want the brains behind THAT operation.’ ” — Tom Perriello

        by hungrycoyote on Mon Oct 01, 2012 at 11:01:08 AM PDT

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        •  you're welcome, you been kickin ass lately (1+ / 0-)
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          I've been impressed with your work both at promoting our candidate and exposing the GOP's bullshit. Keep it up and we'll all keep tippin and chiming in where possible.

          America could have chosen to be the worlds doctor, or grocer. We choose instead to be her policeman. pity

          by cacamp on Mon Oct 01, 2012 at 02:57:52 PM PDT

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