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  •  More info on Sproul's cover story (4.00)
    A long account of how the Oregon library scam was foiled appeared at liberaltopia.org on Sept. 21.  It looks (?) like it borrows from local reporting in Oregon, but the source(s) are not cited.  The following long excerpt shows the hypocrisy of Sproul pretty sharply.

    "Libraries in Multnomah, Corvallis/Benton, West Slope and Washington counties also had been contacted, said O'Flaherty.

    She said she learned on the Internet that Sproul & Associates is actually a partisan political consulting firm, so the library cannot support them.

    "If they show up, they're going to have to be out in front of the library and not inside," she said.

    The toll-free number which librarians were given connects to an answering machine stating that if the caller is interested in canvassing neighborhoods in support of the GOP, he or she should leave a message with contact information.

    Cindy Gibbon, senior library manager with the Multnomah County Library, said voter registration drives inside libraries must be non-partisan, because libraries are publicly funded and cannot appear to take sides with issues or parties.

    She said they let Sproul know that, but hadn't heard back.

    "We may see them or we may not," she said.

    Sproul said Monday the name selection was an honest mistake.

    "You telling me that they even exist was really the first time I'd heard it," said Sproul. He said his company, hired by a number of clients to register voters, came up with what he believed was a generic name. He said he had not heard from the original America Votes.

    "If they even just pick up the phone and call ... we would change it in a heartbeat," he said.

    Sproul said his company was just trying to get more people registered to vote and were not promoting any issue, candiate or party.

    Sue Noel, a temporary employee at Sproul & Associates, said the voter drive is called Project America Votes and she knew about the redundant name.

    "What we try to do is tell people we are not affiliated with America Votes," she said. She said the company already has set up registration drives in Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Michigan, Ohio, Florida and Nevada. In addition to libraries, they've set up registration drives in front of businesses and grocery stores, she said."

    The account at liberaltopia.org then quotes the Oregon director of America Votes as expressing skepticism that Sproul could not have known of the existence of the largest non-partisan voter registration organization in the country.

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