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Searching for information on the voter registration fraud stories breaking tonight in Nevada and Oregon, I kept coming across the same name: Nathan Sproul of Sproul & Associates in Phoenix, Arizona.

Nathan Sproul is the former head of the Arizona Republican Party and of the Arizona Christian Coalition (ah, the irony... a Christian).

Sproul is connected with the Republican National Committee-funded voter registration organization, Voter Outreach, Inc., a group that used paid registrars to register voters in a number of states including Nevada, Oregon, Arizona and perhaps more, including Pennsylvania, Virginia, Maine and Missouri.  (Others states pending, particularly swing states.)  Sproul's organization also recruited registrars by fraudulently telling recruits that they would be working for America Votes, a legitimate nonpartisan GOTV operation!

But Nathan Sproul may have made one fatal mistake in his efforts... He got greedy.  Yes, he failed to pay many workers and he didn't pay his rent.  He pissed some people off.  And he raised suspicions.  There is a good chance that this may be fraud on a MASSIVE scale...

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Sproul was also instrumental in getting petitions signed for Ralph Nader to get on the ballot in - surprise! - swing states!

Here is the first page of a Google search on Nathan Sproul.

Some real gems turn up:

How about this newsgroup posting to a forum for librarians warning them of a possible fraud perpetrated by Sproul.  It includes a description of the scam in Pennsylvania, an article from a West Virginia newspaper reporting the same scam, and a comment from a librarian in Medford, Oregon outlining the same scam in her library... all fraudulently misrepresenting the organization doing the hiring as America Votes:

From: "McCullough, Holly" mcculloughh@CARNEGIELIBRARY.ORG
Date: Fri Sep 17, 2004  5:49:58  AM US/Eastern
Subject: Re: SCAM ALERT: Voter Registration

We had the same thing happen here in PA.  Sproul and Associates hires
Kelly temp services to do voter registration.  At one library site
where they were suppose to be only doing voter registration they were
also asking people how they were going to vote.  I did some research
and found out that they were doing the same thing in WV (see the
article below) and one temp worker claims that they were trained to
ask people how they were going to vote.  If the person said "Bush"
they were given a voter registration form.  If they said "Kerry" they
were just told thank you and no form was given.  When we found out we
asked them to leave immediately.  One explanation from Sproul and
Associates was that they were doing "market surveys" at some sites.  
Later they claimed that it was just a problem with a few temp workers.
Sproul and Associates is headed by Nathan Sproul the former head of
the GOP and Christian Coalition in Arizona.

They also always said they represented America Votes.  When I finally
asked them to give me the contact information for America Votes they
told me that "America Votes is a non-partisan voter registration drive
project of Sproul & Associates.  Everything originates from this
office.  There is a partisan organization with that same name."  
Clearly they know that when they say they represent America Votes they
are misleading people.

Holly

Here is the article from the WV paper for more info.

VOTER REGISTRATION DRIVE 'MISLEADING'

Publication: THE CHARLESTON GAZETTE
Published: 08/20/2004
Page: 1A
Headline: VOTER REGISTRATION DRIVE 'MISLEADING'
Byline: TOM SEARLS
tomsearls@wvgazette.com

For a mother of two teens trying to finish up college, $9 an hour as a
temporary customer service representative sounded good.

"I wanted to find something that would work around my schedule and be
flexible," said St. Albans resident Lisa Bragg.

After spending more than an hour with Charleston personnel agency
Kelly Services last week, Bragg was hired. "They wouldn't tell us at
first what this job was," the 37-year-old Bragg said Thursday.

Then she found out it was registering Republican voters at One Stop
convenience stores throughout the Charleston region.

But she won't be there today, the first day she was scheduled to be on
the job.

"I'm giving up a job that I need," she said. "It's the only decent job
I've found."

While the job was to last six weeks, the $9 an hour was far above the
minimum wage of $5.15 Bragg was offered for most other temporary
employment.

Bragg feels her employers were misleading the public, even if it's not
illegal. Employees were to approach One Stop customers and ask if they
favor George Bush or John Kerry for president. If Bush was their
answer, they were then to inquire if the person was registered to vote
and offer them a voter registration card.

If the person supported Democrat Kerry, they were only to say thank
you and give them a registration card only if asked.

If asked questions, employees were instructed, "Only state you are
there to conduct a simple field poll to see what neighborhood support
is ... a nonpartisan registration drive."

They were told to quietly listen to any person who becomes angry and
to remember, "The goal is to register Republicans and to remain
positive."

"Is this the way it has to be? People have to be sneaky to make $9 an
hour?" Bragg said.

Employees were also given the number of a Kelly Services employee to
contact if there are problems. Contacted Wednesday, two different
employees said they would have someone from Sproul & Associates, the
firm paying for the survey, answer any questions.

Later, a Kelly Services employee who would identify himself only as
"Rob" initially said a message had been left with Ben Decker at
Sproul's office. He said he had no contact number for Decker, then
agreed to release a Michigan number.

A message left with Decker was not returned.

"[Kelly Services] said the less you know about the company, the better
off you are, especially if the media would come asking questions,"
said Bragg, an admitted Democrat. "That made me more curious than ever
as to who's behind this and what's going on."

Sproul & Associates appears to be operated by Nathan Sproul, former
head of the Arizona Republican Party and a wealthy GOP activist who
has been involved in petition drives. An Internet search shows Sproul
has received some financing from national Republican groups, though it
was not clear who is paying for the West Virginia work.

Bragg, and another person working for the group, said they were told
the owners of the One Stop stores had agreed to allow them to conduct
the work on the stores' lots. Patrick C. Graney III and Michael R.
Graney are listed as the principal owners of 42 One Stop stores,
according to the state Alcohol Beverage Control Administration.
Messages left at One Stop's headquarters in Belle were not returned.

For Bragg it's an economic loss, but one she carries with pride. She
asked about registering voters with another organization - a group
that treats those of all political persuasions the same - and found it
pays only $5.50 an hour.

"I just don't want to be in my hometown and mislead people," she said.

To contact staff writer Tom Searls, use e-mail or call 348-5192.

Begin forwarded message:

From: "Meghan O'Flaherty" <OFlaheMC@jacksoncounty.org>
Date: September 16, 2004 3:29:16 PM PDT
To: <libs-or@webhost.osl.state.or.us>
Cc: Subject: [LIBS-OR] SCAM ALERT: Voter Registration

Recently the Jackson County Library has been contacted by persons
purporting to represent America Votes.  Our director was contacted by
a Harry Miller and asked to call an 800 number to give permission for
America Votes to conduct a non-partisan voter registration project in
our libraries.  I received a letter from Sproul and Associates,a
consulting firm in Arizona,also saying they represented America Votes,
with the same request.  I contacted the Kevin Looper, the Oregon State
Coordinator for America Votes, to verify the information and received
this reply from him:

"Here is what I know:  We do not have a Harry Miller in our employ.
This organization is absolutely not representing America Votes, and my
National leadership is initiating action to get them to cease and desist representations that infringe upon our rights and mislead voters.

Further, Sproul and Associates is a partisan political consulting firm
Based in Arizona that works for very conservative causes and has worked to oppose campaign finance reform.  Their use of our name to cover their political leanings makes me question the overall intregrity of the voter registation that they seek to conduct.   I will be forwarding this information to the Secretary of State's office for further investigation."

Meghan O'Flaherty
Headquarters Library Manager
Jackson County Library Services
205 South Central Ave.
Medford, OR  97501
(541) 774-6403
oflahemc@jacksoncounty.org

So here we have Sproul involved in three (swing) states, using a bogus GOTV name to disguise his organization's own name, and using fictitious names (Harry Miller) as "contacts" for those with questions.

But that's just the tip of the iceberg with Mr. Sproul and the RNC.  Keep in mind that in the recruitment ads for Voter Outreach, Inc, run on careerbuilder.com in targeted states (including Missouri and Arizona), the bottom of the ads included this statement:

Paid for by the Republican National Committee. www.gop.com. Not authorized by any candidate or candidate's committee.

Folks, this was an organized effort in swing states by the Republican Party using Nathan Sproul as their hatchet man.

In fact, democrats.com noted Mr. Sproul's efforts in Oregon on September 22, 2004 with this piece:

GOP Caught Trying to Use Public Libraries as Fronts
22-Sep-04
Bush Campaign 2004
Mail Tribune: "A local librarian checking on a company's request to set up a voter registration booth in the library discovered the company was not affiliated with a non-partisan national group as it claimed. Sproul & Associates, Inc. of Phoenix, Ariz., phoned and mailed the library in September, saying it had been hired by America Votes. That came as news to America Votes. 'This organization (Sproul) absolutely has nothing to do with America Votes,' said Kevin Looper, the state organizing director for America Votes. America Votes is a non-partisan political organization formed in July 2003 to increase voter registration, education and participation in electoral politics. Libraries in Oregon and other states have been contacted by Sproul." A little digging by librarian Megan O'Flaherty revealed that Sproul & Associates, Inc. is a political consulting firm headed up by former Arizona state Republican Party executive director Nathan Sproul.

But they didn't put all the pieces together.  Sproul is operating this bogus scam in numerous states.

In Arizona, Sproul set up an organization to battle a proposed Clean Elections initiative that was to be placed on the ballot.  Clean Elections would clean up campaign financing in Arizona by delivering public funds to candidates.  Sproul wanted no part of that, as this article from azcentral.com makes clear.  (Note: It's a cached file so I can't post a direct link.)

The story includes some interesting history on Sproul:

It can be a complicated program. But simplicity is the key for the anti-Clean Elections committee. Even its name, No Taxpayer Money for Politicians, looks to make the question easy for voters in the November election. It doesn't encourage them to query whether the previous system, with lawmakers beholden to monied special interests, would serve them better. And it doesn't get them to ask why the former head of the Arizona Republican Party and the state's Christian Coalition would be pushing the move.

Sproul, who was born and raised in Tempe, has floated between religious and secular politics. He interned in the office of then-Rep. Jon Kyl during his successful 1994 run for the U.S. Senate, a campaign buoyed by Kyl's perfect voting score from the Christian Coalition. Sproul then worked for the Arizona Christian Coalition, eventually becoming head of that organization. He became executive director of the state Republican party in 1999, stepping down in January 2002.

The Christian Coalition was under intense scrutiny for its political activities during the 1990s. As a non-profit organization, it was prohibited from working to elect candidates. But the Federal Election Commission and the Internal Revenue Service determined it was too political.

In particular, the FEC cited the campaign of J.D. Hayworth in 1994, the sportscaster's first run at Congress. The FEC determined that it was improper for Thomas Grabinski, who was head of the Arizona Christian Coalition, to also work for Hayworth's campaign. Especially because the Coalition was preparing voters guides to hand out at churches - guides that were fairly blatant endorsements of Republicans like Hayworth and Kyl.

Usually, any appearance of the Coalition and a campaign working together would be deemed a violation of election law. But a federal judge said it was impossible to prove that Grabinski's work with the Christian Coalition influenced his work on the Hayworth campaign.

Sproul was also accused of questionable tactics. His name comes up in a U.S. Senate committee report on the organization's activities. The report cites an Arizona caucus meeting during the 1995 national Christian Coalition meeting in which Sproul told members to become active in politics, especially as local precinct committeemen, but to not let on that the Coalition told them to do so. An account of that meeting first appeared in The Arizona Republic.

Apparently for Mr. Sproul, the law be damned.

More tomorrow.  I need to go to bed...

Update [2004-10-13 13:18:12 by Bob Johnson]: I was in a meeting all morning (those pesky clients) and I came back to find a helluva' lot of great investigative work here. Essential to the story is the opensecrets infromation on RNC payments to Nathan Sproul and Sproul & Associates under different spellings/cases.

Also critical is the fact that Sproul and his organization misrepresented themselves to voters as a legitimate, nonpartisan GOTV organization. That is fraud, my friends.

We need to keep digging on this one. And we need our heavy hitters there (hi, Kos!) to make sure this info is reaching media sources who will take our information and use their sources to dig further.

This story has the potential to upend the elections IF we can prove that these voter registration frauds were part of an organized and coordinated effort to disenfranchise voters in key swing states. That's why we need to WORK FAST.

Americans don't like cheaters. And I imagine that many swing voters and even many soft Bush supporters would turn their backs on these guys if it can be proven that the RNC engaged in widespread fraud in an attempt to win the election.

Please keep digging. Unfortunately, I actually have some work that must be done so I will be offline for most of today.

Keep going...

UPDATE 2

As is noted downthread under the link to opensecrets info, Sproul has been paid more than $600,000 by the Republican National Committee for his "efforts."

KEEP DIGGING! And pass along a link to this thread to news organizations. Thanks...

UPDATE 3

Nice work, folks! The media is reporting part of the story but not the entire thing. But we have them snooping.

We need to keep digging and keep up the pressure (after the debate). We need to uncover similar patterns or reports for Sproul's group in additional states. Who can we contact in other swing states who may have had dealings with these folks?

Should we try Kelly Services in swing states and see what connections they've had with Sproul?

UPDATE 4

The media is flying with this story:

MTV!

AP story

Reuters

oregonlive.com>

KRNV TV

The story has also appeared on NPR, MSNBC and CNN.

UPDATE 5

According to this story in the Las Vegas Review-Journal, additional employees have come forward to verify the complaints of destroying/discarding Dem voter applications. The workers were only paid for turning in Republican registartions.

We MUST do some more work on the other states where Sproul and Voters Outreach was active. These include Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, Michigan, Arizona, Maine, Missouri and any other swing states that we can uncover.

Also, is there any connection between the fraudulent Nader petitions in Pennsylvania (thrown out by the PA court yesterday) and Sproul's organization? His group was instrumental in getting Nader on the ballot in a number of swing states. Does anybody from PA have further insight on who collected signatures for Nader in PA?

The story is getting play. We need to open more chanels of investigation.

Keep digging.

GOING NATIONAL!

CBS National news reports Voter Fraud Charges Out West. Great story and the deepest yet on Nathan Sproul and Voters Outreach. Please continue to contact media outlets and reference this post and those of Norwegian Chef (above).

Media outlets need to know that this goes well beyond Oregon and Nevada. Sproul was active in at least six states (and probably more) and his MO was the same everywhere. Keep up the pressure!

Originally posted to Bob Johnson on Wed Oct 13, 2004 at 12:28 AM PDT.

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  •  Please consider recommending this diary (3.96)
    Much more work needs to be done on Mr. Sproul and his connections to the RNC and the widespread voter registration fraud which he now appears to have managed in at least six states.

    We have some work to do on this one, folks...

  •  Am absolutely recommending this. Thank you (none)
    for your work.  There was an earlier diary on this, which I also recommened, because I thought I was outraged just learning about the Nevada part of this.

    I have my own personal mantra for getting thru the election: everyday will be a new low, just be prepared.

    But this, this pissed me off.  It's so cynical and vile! Ugh.  I swear to God, if I was a Nevada registrant affected by this, I'd spend day and night looking for ways to sue.  Not for money, but for the principle.  Aagh!
    Thanks again for your work.

    •  Exactly why I've stayed up until 3 a.m. (4.00)
      ... to research this asshole.

      I want to see this story front page on the New York Times or Washington Post by next week.

      Fuck these guys.  They're undemocratic, unAmerican and criminal.

      More work to do on Sproul and his connections to the RNC and this fraud effort.

      But I'm going to bed...

      •  Great work.... (4.00)
        Sproul stinks to high heaven...and those librarians....man, could you find a more trustworthy witness?  If you're not passing the smell test with librarians across the country...
        you stink.

        Great work, Bob.

        Recommended this.  But,  sad to say...there's a problem with late night recommends.  Because traffic goes down overnight..and recommends are time sensitve, your diary is gonna need ALOT of recommends to carry it through to morning.

        Repost it if it dissappears, I am absolutely sure that folks will want to read it.

        2004's the election, 2005's the prize...let'sTCB on eleven two!

        by kid oakland on Wed Oct 13, 2004 at 05:01:55 AM PDT

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      •  This belongs on the main page (none)
        Great work.  The Repugs are really desperate.  IIRC, under the recent legislation after the 2000 election, each polling place is supposed to have provisional ballots for people who claim they were registered.  This will gum up the count for weeks.  Meanwhile BushCo will just continue their horrible policies and act as if they won.  There will be no dislodging them without civil action.  

        There aren't enough cops or guard to protect this gov't once the people withdraw therir consent.

        In CA we get mailed a voter pamphlet and sample ballot.  Anyone who doesn't get one, or whatever they mail in your state, should inquire of the county registrar.  

        And get the story out.

        If you're going in the wrong direction and you stay the course, where, exactly, do you wind up?

        by Mimikatz on Wed Oct 13, 2004 at 02:06:54 PM PDT

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    •  Recommended Diaries (none)
      I'm coming to believe that we need to expand the recommended diaries section to 15-20 diaries, considering the important issues that are now coming rapid-fire down the pike...

      Visit the Diary of the Lying Socialist Weasels, for commentary from the Original Progressive Web Warriors!

      by Jonathan on Wed Oct 13, 2004 at 05:13:37 AM PDT

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  •  Working overnite on this Bob... (4.00)
    ...so far, the unresistable, from the AP in 1997:

    "'There's no way you can do contraception education without saying we know you're going to have sex,' said Nathan Sproul, 25, of the Arizona Christian Coalition, who said he waited to have sex until he married last summer."

    So, he was 25 then, 32 now.  He's not running this.  But he'll be hard to flip - he's a true believer.

    Good to see he values chastity so highly.  Makes you wonder why he has no problem raping democracy.

    •  Jail time has a way of convincing people to talk (4.00)
      Yeah, they're all tough guys til the Judge drops the gavel and says "See ya' in 10 years."

      Then they start begging and pleading and ratting out their buddies.

      Just happened in Illinois with our former Republican Governor, George Ryan.

    •  Mr. Sproul is still a whore (none)
      There are other kinds of chastity and prostitution than sex. Too bad that he doesn't understand that he is not doing the work of Jesus.

      George Bush is suffering chronic mendacity syndrome.

      by freelunch on Wed Oct 13, 2004 at 01:12:45 PM PDT

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    •  it must be the Temp Workers (4.00)
      Turtle Bay say Sproul's not running this.  He is up to his eyeballs in it, and his puppet masters will undoubtedly pass the buck.

      Shades of Abu Ghraib

      "a few bad apples"

      "a few temp workers"

      Librarian Holly McCullough writes that during her conversations with Sproul & Co. they later "claimed that it was just a problem with a few temp workers".

      Great work Bob Johnson!  Thank You!

      "How do you ask a man to be the last man to die for a mistake?" -- John Kerry, 1971.

      by peace voter on Wed Oct 13, 2004 at 01:21:13 PM PDT

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      •  You misunderstood... (none)
        ....I merely meant that Sproul was not ultimately calling the shots, but (happily) doing the bidding of his evil RNC masters.  I want him jailed just as badly as you, believe me.
        •  perhaps I wasn't clear (none)
          I agree with you - Sproul is culpable AND this surely does go higher up.

          It's consistant with the rethug culture.

          Many of them simply don't care about democracy.

          They care about holding on to power and are afraid that a fair election will not go their way.

          "How do you ask a man to be the last man to die for a mistake?" -- John Kerry, 1971.

          by peace voter on Wed Oct 13, 2004 at 02:21:18 PM PDT

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    •  uh-huh, he SAYS he didn't ... (none)
      ...have sex until he got married. And I can say I was the most popular guy in my high school.

      It never was this way once. And it always will be again.

      by Meteor Blades on Wed Oct 13, 2004 at 01:40:10 PM PDT

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      •  Poor guy (none)
        No wonder he behaves like this.  Too much pent up tension in his younger days and look what it's done to him.

        Just another reason to oppose abstinence-only sex education.

        Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it... Mark Twain

        by Lipo on Wed Oct 13, 2004 at 02:43:25 PM PDT

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        •  Exactly (none)
          If only he'd had pre-marital sex, he wouldn't be staring at a long prison sentence right now.
        •  ever been to BYU? (none)
          used to live in Utah, knew some people there - imagine a campus of 25,000 people, none of whom (allegedly) are having sex.

          If you walk across the campus, the undercurrent of sexual-frustration-induced hysteria is absolutely palpable.

          Which leads me to postulate that people who watch Faux News have really pathetic sex lives.

          (A corollary to my theory that Republican Men Have Small Penises. After the election, I'm going to do a poll about this! )

  •  Was busy writing my entry about this (4.00)
    RNC TIED TO MULTI-STATE REGISTRATION FRAUD

    First we get news out of a local Las Vegas news affiliate from CBS that an outfit called Voters' Outreach of America is caught trashing voter registration forms filled out by people trying to register to vote as Democrats. But while running down this outfit, they skipped town on their office space rent, and moved out of state (Nevada), and the CBS affiliate indicates that they might have moved their operation to Oregon.

    We also learn not too long ago, that Sproul and Associates, which is based out of AZ and is a directly funded RNC consultancy firm, was misrepresenting itself as being under contract with the legitimate nonpartisan group America Votes, while trying to get permission to do voter registration sign-ups in Southern Oregon libraries. A sharp librarian down in Medford double-checks with America Votes, and finds out that the Sproul group which had sent a letter to the public library seeking the permission, are not under contract or affiliated with the non-partisan group America Votes. It should also be noted that because of this, some confusion is circulating in the news media and conflating America Votes with the shady Sproul outfit.

    Then we learn that a "traveling team" hired signature gatherer is caught in downtown Portland's Pioneer Square, the night before Edwards is planned to hold a debate watching rally, refusing to register Democrats, and admits to throwing out forms filled out by people registering as such.

    This person also admits that the "traveling team" he is with was recently doing registration drives in Nevada. We still don't know if this "traveling team" is connected with either Voters' Outreach of America or not. This has led Oregon Sec. of State Bill Bradbury nd Attorney General Hardy Myers to tell news outlets late this evneing that they plan to investigate. Bradbury telling the local news outlet KGW that they are investigating this serious matter, and he appeared to be more than a little pissed to see this sort of fraud taking place. Now it seems the story is being picked up by the AP.

    We now find in a past story from The American Prospect that Voters' Outreach of America IS in fact connected with, and was under contract by Sproul and Associates which we know is directly funded by the RNC from FEC records at opensecrets.org. Voters' Outreach of America were under contract by Sproul to do signature gathering in AZ for petition gathering for "No Taxpayer Money For Politicians" petition AND to get Ralph Nader on the ballot in AZ (where he was eventually knocked off the ballot for fraudulent petition signatures).

    cheers,

    Mitch Gore

    No one will change America for you. You must work to make it happen.

    by Lestatdelc on Wed Oct 13, 2004 at 05:08:44 AM PDT

    •  The relevant TAP article passage... (4.00)
      ...which shows the contractual connection between Voters' Outreach of America and Sproul & Associates, who are directly funded by the RNC:


      Nor has Nader denounced the covert assistance his Arizona ballot-qualification effort received from Sproul, who is currently running the No Taxpayer Money For Politicians" initiative, a right-wing effort to ban candidates from receiving public financing. According to several sources, two of the contractors Sproul hired to oversee petition gathering for No Taxpayer Money For Politicians -- Aaron "A.J." James, who directs Voters' Outreach of America, and Diane Burns -- were also paid by Sproul to get as many signatures as possible for Nader.

      (emphasis mine)

      We need to start digging on Aaron "A.J." James.

      cheers,

      Mitch Gore

      No one will change America for you. You must work to make it happen.

      by Lestatdelc on Wed Oct 13, 2004 at 05:15:48 AM PDT

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      •  On AJ... (none)
        ...only Aaron James that comes up in Lexis news, and is linked to republicanism in any way, is this:

        The Republican mayor of Wichita, Bob Knight, ran for the GOP nomination for Gov in 2002.  He lost.  Local paper ran a story with a pic of him at the Olive Garden with his family.  One pic caption: Knight with son-in-law Aaron James.

        Will try to find out about Knight's RNC/Bush/Rove connections...

        •  HE also goes by AJ (4.00)
          according to an article on indymedia.

          Voters Outreach of America, Inc. was incorporated in Nevada - info available on the Nevada Sec of State/corporations website.

          Aaron James (also misspelled Arron James) is listed as an officer so is a Benjamin McLiechey, Jr.

          I'd be surprised if VOAI is authorized to do business in any of the other states in which it is operating as a "foreign corporation."

          FWIW - Sproul & Associates, Inc. is an AZ corporation and is deliquent in filing its annual report.

          To get corporate info- just google the name of the state you are interested in and the "secretary of state corporations".

          Most states have searchable databases for corporate information.

          For instance, National Voter Outreach, Inc. is also a NV corporation, with its President and Secretary being a Susan Johnson of Michigan, probably the same Susan Johnson of Michigan who googles out to be on the slate of electors for Bush/Cheney in that state.

          Another name that keeps cropping up is JMS, Inc. a Florida outfit - lady by the name of Jenny Breslyn involved.

          •  Makes me wonder again (none)
            why the federales went after Indy's servers... think someone put in call?

            It probably won't stick to Blinky, though... he was taking an 18-minute nap.

          •  Nevada Registrations (none)
            A Googling of the address for the records listed by the Nevada Secretary of State for "Voters Outreach of America" turns up this website:

            http://www.nevadaregistrations.com

            It's founded and owed by Mr. Todd J. Mc Millan, who's listed as the primary agent (the person who is accepted by the registered corporation to receive legal documents, notices, etc.) for the company.

            His website boasts, in what seems to be Mr. Mc Millan's biggest draw:

            "Reap the protective benefits of a Nevada Corporation and Nevada LLC by incorporating in Nevada today. Enjoy the complete confidentiality of the Secretary of State's Office thru the nearly impenetrable Officers and Directors "veil" of the Nevada court system."

            And some of the benefits listed  --
            (http://www.nevadaregistrations.com/benefits.html)

            "NO DISCLOSURES I.E. TO ANY ONE
            NO RECORDS OF STOCKHOLDERS
            NO NEED TO LIVE IN NEVADA
            NO NEED TO BE US CITIZENS
            BECOME JUDGMENT PROOF"

            Mr. Mc Millan is also ex-military/government -- (http://www.nevadaregistrations.com/about.html)

            "With the exception of a six year United States Air Force Korean tour of duty as a Special Agent, Office of Special Investigations, Office of the USAF Inspector General, Pentagon, DC, Mr. Mc Millan has spent over 50 years in all facets of real estate and corporate finance to include all phases and types of construction, finance, brokerage, management and corporate directorship. [...] Together, with his wife Irene, they own apartment complexes in three states and are involved with over one hundred corporations on an international basis."

            His email address is todd@nevadaregistrations.com.

            This is just what I've come up with in a few minutes.  This guy probably isn't really connected to whatever's going on, but I think that whoever is behind VOofA probably picked this guy's company for a reason.  Perhaps a lawyer could shed more light on Nevada's laws regarding these sorts of registrations and whether they're actually bulletproof shields that would prevent one from knowing who owns or controls the company.

            •  possible contact info for Todd McMillan (none)
              There are 2 listings for Todd McMillan on Yahoo People Search:


              1) Todd J Mcmillan

              Las Vegas, NV 89101-0000

              Tel.: (702) 438-8602

              2) Todd  Mcmillan

              4458 Zev Ct
              Las Vegas, NV 89121-5738

              Tel.: (702) 658-7966

              My guess is that one listing is residential & the other business.

              I wonder if he's a Ranger?  Does anyone kow of a Ranger database?

              peace

              "How do you ask a man to be the last man to die for a mistake?" -- John Kerry, 1971.

              by peace voter on Wed Oct 13, 2004 at 11:21:19 PM PDT

              [ Parent ]

      •  possible contact info for A.J. (4.00)
        Yahoo People Search lists only 1 Aaron James in Arizona: Aaron James 851 E Toledo St Gilbert, AZ (480) 699-0408 This address is southeast of Tempe and may not be the address for our Aaron James. I also found an interesting article posted at Arizona Indymedia that discusses Sproul, A.J. & the Nader petition fiasco. Here's an excerpt:
        "Derek Lee, who, as owner of Lee Petitions, was part of the traveling petition carnival that descended on Arizona this spring. "The only thing I can tell you for sure is that Aaron was working with Nathan [Sproul] on this Nader thing. I've heard that from a number of people but they put the hush-hush on it real quick." Reached by phone, Burns and James were clearly nonplussed; when asked if they were hired by Sproul to get signatures for Nader, both immediately hung up. Neither responded to follow-up interview requests. According to a source who monitored petitioning in Arizona this spring, Sproul covered his tracks by having his secretary deliver Burns and James' Nader petitions to Breslyn, who was operating out of "a low-end motel" in Scottsdale. Upon receiving the petitions, the source says, Breslyn mixed them in with her own. Breslyn did not deny receiving petitions from Sproul: "I wasn't there [at the motel] all the time. I can't discuss my clients with you," Breslyn said. "I don't really even know Mr. Sproul"

        "How do you ask a man to be the last man to die for a mistake?" -- John Kerry, 1971.

        by peace voter on Wed Oct 13, 2004 at 02:06:46 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  For what it is worth (4.00)
          Nathan Sproul is listed multiple times in opensecrets.org at an address in Gilbert AZ, via his involvement with Voyager Expanded Learning as its "President", which is seeking tutoring contracts through the NCLB program in Nevada and AZ.

          SPROUL, NATHAN MR
          GILBERT,AZ 85296
          VOYAGER LEARNING/PRESIDENT
          11/25/2003
          $1,500
          Bush, George W

          SPROUL, NATHAN MR
          GILBERT,AZ 85296
          VOYAGER LEARNING/PRESIDENT
          12/12/2003
          $500
          Bush, George W

          This is where Sproul personally hit the McCain/Feingold ceiling in donating directly the Bush Cheney Campign this cycle.

          cheers,

          Mitch Gore

          No one will change America for you. You must work to make it happen.

          by Lestatdelc on Wed Oct 13, 2004 at 02:38:48 PM PDT

          [ Parent ]

          •  The weird thin is... (none)
            Sproul lists with the FEC that he is president of Voyager Learning at a Gilbert AZ locale, when according to the AZ gov. websites about alternate education programs for NCLB, it lists Voyager and Sproul by name as being in Chandler AZ

            cheers,

            Mitch Gore

            No one will change America for you. You must work to make it happen.

            by Lestatdelc on Wed Oct 13, 2004 at 02:51:40 PM PDT

            [ Parent ]

          •  Sproul's listed, too (none)
            Mr. Nathan Sproul is also listed on Yahoo People Search:

            Nathan  Sproul

            1434 N Woodside Dr
            Chandler, AZ 85224-7846

            Tel.: (480) 219-0395

            (if you look at the map for A.J.'s address, it appears to be about midway between "downtown" Chandler than to "downtown" Gilbert.)

            peace

            "How do you ask a man to be the last man to die for a mistake?" -- John Kerry, 1971.

            by peace voter on Wed Oct 13, 2004 at 03:01:14 PM PDT

            [ Parent ]

    •  More, older info from 2000 (4.00)
      He basically helped a Republican candidate subvert  Arizona election law so the candidate would qualify for public funding for his race. The candidate got away with it.

      Commission action leaves funding campaign allegation unresolved
      By PAUL DAVENPORT, Associated Press Writer
      September 5, 2000

      Did the state Republican Party violate election laws by helping a candidate collect $5 contributions so he could get public funding to run for the Legislature?

      That question will remain unanswered, at least officially, for a while in the wake of the Citizens Clean Elections Commission's decision Tuesday that it doesn't need to tackle that issue right away.

      It turns out that Republican Patrick Kaminsky did not qualify for public funding for his campaign for the District 25 Senate seat because he failed to collect enough $5 contributions by the Aug. 24 deadline....

      The commission plans to consult with Secretary of State Betsey Bayless - her office oversees state elections - to determine what should be done about the issue of whether the GOP crossed the line in its mailing for Kaminsky.

      Cummiskey attorney David Eagle urged the commission to not let the matter drop. "What we have brought to your attention is a violation of the law," he said.

      Nathan Sproul, executive director of the Republican Party, later said it was easy to see through Cummiskey's complaint. "We know he's vulnerable and he's scared."


      •  Sproul Cheneyed McCain in 2000! (4.00)
        Just a hunch and I'm trying to track down articles now. But in the Austin American-Statesman (Texas) on February 21, 2000 article, In Arizona, McCain has his doubters Sproul disses the Senator, "Another reason for McCain's less-than-stellar performance in the polls, according to Arizona GOP director Nathan Sproul, is that Arizona has so many newcomers -- almost a million in the past 10 years. The state population is 4.6 million."

        McCain was strongly against Sproul's "No Taxpayer Money for Politicians effort"

  •  There is a burgeoning (4.00)
    brand-new baby koss-wiki Voter_Registration_Fraud_Clearinghouse to be added to.

    Any and all with information that is:

    Breaking

    National

    Regional

    Local

    Historical

    Philosophical

    Or otherwise relevant...

    Come on over and help out!

    Make it happen (and help Kos do the background on his next Guardian column)...

    The only way to ensure a free press is to own one

    by RedDan on Wed Oct 13, 2004 at 05:24:04 AM PDT

  •  Nail 'em all on RICO charges (4.00)
    These thugs need to spend some quality time in prison.

    You can see some TV reportage on the NV fraud at KLAS-TV

    It looks like I better get some plane reservations ready for a march on Washington November 3.

    "Those who betray the trust...are, in my view, the most insidious of traitors." - George HW Bush

    by DavidW in SF on Wed Oct 13, 2004 at 05:31:18 AM PDT

    •  Sinclair on It? (none)
      There are two Sinclair stations in Las Vegas, are either of them covering the Repug voter fraud?

      This aggression will not stand, man

      by kaleidescope on Wed Oct 13, 2004 at 10:40:46 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  RICO is the way to go (3.50)
      For the uninitiated, RICO is the Racketeer-Influenced Corrupt Organization Act.  It's what the feds use against the Mafia, but it's broader than that.

      A RICO suit is perfect.  We need to locate someone to serve as plaintiff who (1) registered as a voter with them and (2) whose voter registration was not processed.  Then seek a temporary injunction and eventually a class action suit.

      The suit should also seek to revoke the corporate charter of any entity involved in this scam.

  •  Sproul know's no shame (4.00)
    Check out this link from a Tucson station on Monday about Sproul's fear of voter fraud...guess it takes a perp to know one.

    http://kvoa.com/Global/story.asp?S=2414631

    Oh, and what happened to the old html code in the post comments area - I don't really get how you turn text into linked text anymore. I used to be able to copy paste and make it work, but thats all changed now...

    "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself." - FDR

    by Vitarai on Wed Oct 13, 2004 at 05:35:39 AM PDT

    •  Memorize this string of characters (none)
      until you can type it in your sleep:

      <a href=""></a>

      Whenever you want to link, first type your memorized string. Paste the URL between the two double quotes: "url goes here". Put what you want the link to say between the two tags like this: >your text here<

      You're done.

      Except, remember to preview and test the link to make sure you pasted the right URL.

      If a landslide falls in the bit bucket... was there an election?

      by Canadian Reader on Wed Oct 13, 2004 at 02:52:52 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Thank you (none)
        I will try to remember that bit. It's just that a few weeks ago that string was above the text box and I could copy and paste it then copy and paste the url and my text into those spaces. My brain has lots to try and remember these days...

        "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself." - FDR

        by Vitarai on Wed Oct 13, 2004 at 03:27:47 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

  •  Who could prosecute Sproul? (none)
    This could be a MAJOR scandal if it's properly followed and investigated, reaching across several states.

    Sproul must have had donors behind him to finance this operation.  They may claim some fig leaf of deniability by claiming that they didn't know the exact nature of the things that Sproul was doing.

    But I doubt that!

    The only way to go up the chain of command is to prosecute Sproul and try to get him to turn state's evidence.

    Now, here's the problem, though.  Who can prosecute him?  If Bush wins (don't faint), Ashcroft can't be trusted to investigate it thoroughly.  The state attorney general of Nevada is a Republican as well.  

    Is there a Democrat county attorney general or state attorney general in another affected state that could claim standing to prosecute Sproul?

    Any ideas about this?

    •  How about this guy -- (4.00)
      http://www.naag.org/ag/ag_bios.php?id=45

      presuming there is enough evidence in Oregon.

      He has already been contacted by the Oregon Secretary of State.

      •  Excellent! (none)
        Now... if we can get proof of similar activities by Sproul's organization in Oregon (not just proof of their mere presence), then, perhaps, Oregon Atty. General Hardy Meyers (D) can prosecute Sproul.
      •  Hardy Meyers (none)
        Is consistent, fair, and enjoys years of service here in Oregon.  He's a good guy from what I have seen.

        Oregongal

        •  Uh (none)
          while in salem last week I was not approached by a guy with registration forms.  I went up to him and said, "so what, do I look too dumb to vote or what?"  We got to talking; he couldn't tell me who he worked for (he didn't appear to know, which I kindly
          reprimanded him for), just that he was hired by an organization out of Eugene.

          There were a few kids on the street corners in Salem that day, registering voters. I wish I could remember exactly which day it was... dang.

    •  Read upthread (none)
      We have Sproul & Associates dead-to-rights as being funded directly by the RNC... it is shown in opensectrets.org that they were funded over a quarter of a million dollars, by the RNC.

      In my entry here (which is also in my diary) In a TAP article we are told that Sproul had hired Voters' Outreach of America.

      cheers,

      Mitch Gore

      No one will change America for you. You must work to make it happen.

      by Lestatdelc on Wed Oct 13, 2004 at 06:03:43 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  I know, we have them identified as funders... (4.00)
        But if they were careful, they can credibly deny any knowledge of criminal activities by Sproul.  Something like, "We just thought he was gonna register lots of people because he was a good Amurcan!"

        The thing to prove is knowledge or complicity in election fraud, and for that, you need testimony from Sproul employees alleging that higher-up RNC people were aware of the real nature of what they were doing.

        I wouldn't be surprised if this goes way up the chain of command.

      •  "Slam dunk" news story (3.75)
        Open Secrets shows specific amounts and dates that the RNC paid Sproul and Associates.   All a reporter has to do to get the old "Tenet slam dunk" story is to ask the RNC to produce specific documentation for exactly what services were provided by Sproul and Associates, and when.
        •  SPROUL and Sproul (4.00)
          I just realized there are two sets of numbers on the open secrets page.  "Sproul & Associates" is payment by the RNC for voter registration work, whereas (all caps) SPROUL & ASSOCIATES is payment for political consulting.  Seems like a lot of money.  Wonder how the RNC will explain this.  (Details below)   My apologies if someone else has already posted this, but it seems important.

          SPROUL & ASSOCIATES,INC
           $181,905
           8/4/2004
           POLITICAL CONSULTING

          SPROUL & ASSOCIATES,INC
           $160,001
           8/25/2004
           POLITICAL CONSULTING

          SPROUL & ASSOCIATES,INC
           $99,135
           8/11/2004
           POLITICAL CONSULTING

          SPROUL & ASSOCIATES,INC
           $27,916
           8/13/2004
           POLITICAL CONSULTING

          SPROUL & ASSOCIATES,INC
           $20,000
           7/14/2004
           POLITICAL CONSULTING

          Sproul & Associates
           $25,000
           6/8/2004
           VOTER REG

          Sproul & Associates
           $25,000
           7/7/2004
           FEA VOTER REGISTRATION

          Sproul & Associates
           $25,000
           6/4/2004
           VOTER REG

          Sproul & Associates
           $10,000
           8/12/2004
           FEA VOTER REGISTRATION

          Sproul & Associates
           $10,000
           2/19/2004
           FEA VOTER REGISTRATION

          Sproul & Associates
           $10,000
           7/9/2004
           FEA VOTER REGISTRATION

          Sproul & Associates
           $10,000
           6/18/2004
           VOTER REGISTRATION

          Sproul & Associates
           $5,000
           3/18/2004
           FEA VOTER REGISTRATION

          Sproul & Associates
           $5,000
           3/4/2004
           FEA VOTER REGISTRATION

          Sproul & Associates
           $58
           6/24/2004
           COPIES

          NOTE: All the numbers on this page are for the 2004 election cycle and based on Federal Election Commission data released on Friday, October 01, 2004. Feel free to distribute or cite this material, but please credit the Center for Responsive Politics.

    •  The Juiciest Charges Are Federal (none)
      State officials (county DAs & state-level attorneys general) don't proscute RICO ... the state-line issues mean that the entire beast can be tied up with a bow and consolidated into a single prosecution.

      But you're right. The rub is finding an Elliot Spitzer kind of prosecutor who has standing in this case. It is Mr. Ashcroft's department, but the some of regionals are fairly independent.

      Here's a website that lists the regional US Attorneys offices. Somebody more familar with the battleground states environment might be able lend insight into which might be likely to advance a criminal prosecution.

      vote early - vote often

      by wystler on Wed Oct 13, 2004 at 02:07:35 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Kerry's Attorney General (none)
      Elliot Spitzer, under the Voting Rights Act.

      If you're going in the wrong direction and you stay the course, where, exactly, do you wind up?

      by Mimikatz on Wed Oct 13, 2004 at 02:12:27 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  These are repeat offenders -- (none)
    how come we keep getting caught off guard.  

    There have been several cases of misleading election mailers in California that I have been paying attention to.  For instance they have a big picture of John Kerry and a list of people that democrats should vote for -- consisting of Kerry, Boxer, etc. and a bunch of local candidates (some of which are right threaded wingnuts).  

    When I did a google search I found out that the people behind them (discovered because the same temporary address used for the mailers was also used for a "reputable political consulting" business) have been fined repeatedly by the state elections board for doing the same thing.  

    I'd like to see a one strike and your out policy.  If you get caught once in some sort of obvious malicious deception -- no politician or political party should be allowed to do business with you again.  Barring that I say we camp out in front of their house next election season or find some sort of fitting public humiliation that only irresponsible bloggers would dream up.  

  •  Im not sure if it's a red herring or not (4.00)
    But another name that keeps coming in regards to Sproul's work in Arizona is "Lee Petitions", an agency that it seems Sproul has hired in the past.

    Not only were they the ones working on getting Nader signatures, but they have a history of voter fraud

  •  More on Sproul - Payoff through other Co.? (4.00)
    Following Bob's trail of breadcrumbs, I find Voyager Learning as Nathan Sproul's employer in 2003 on a political donation form...who are they?

    From the Arizona Republic, Jan. 9, 2003:

    The man who ran the day-to-day operations of the Arizona Republican Party for the past three years is leaving to take a job with a Texas-based firm that specializes in literacy programs.

    Nathan Sproul, who helped spearhead the GOP's successful plan for political redistricting, will step down as executive director at the end of January. His new job will be regional president of an education organization called Voyager Learning, which recently expanded into Arizona and Texas.

    Sproul's departure comes at the start of the busiest political season in decades, with the governor's race, 90 legislative seats and eight congressional seats up for grabs.

    Sproul's mother has been a longtime schoolteacher and librarian, and he said education has always intrigued him.

    The organization, which runs "intensive literacy programs" for school districts, recently secured a $750,000 pilot program that is part of a high-profile bill for English-learning students. The $45 million bill was passed on the last day of a special session in December.

    Bob Fannin, chairman of the Arizona Republican Party, said he hopes to name Sproul's successor by the end of February.

    "He got a really good offer, and for the good of his family, it was difficult to turn down," Fannin said. "It's sad to see him go. We've worked real hard the last six months, which makes things a little easier."

    Republicans credit Sproul, 29, with coordinating a record-setting $2.5 million fund-raising effort during the 2000 election. He was also a fixture at redistricting meetings, coordinating the GOP's strategy on Arizona's new political maps.

  •  More on Sproul (4.00)
    From a Sept 30th column about dirty campaign tricks in Scottsdale mayoral race:
    http://www.azcentral.com/news/columns/articles/0930sr-roberts30Z8.html
    •  The story is a must read (none)
      Thanks DoryO!

      The article gives readers yet another detailed account of dirty tricks linked to Sproul.

      STOP SPROUL!

      These people don't care about democracy.

      They care about gaining power and holding on to power and enriching themselves at the public trough.  They fear that they can't prevail if elections are fair.  That's why they wrote the book on dirty tricks.

      "How do you ask a man to be the last man to die for a mistake?" -- John Kerry, 1971.

      by peace voter on Wed Oct 13, 2004 at 04:25:34 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Well well well (4.00)

    cheers,

    Mitch Gore

    No one will change America for you. You must work to make it happen.

    by Lestatdelc on Wed Oct 13, 2004 at 06:30:52 AM PDT

  •  Seems this is also his M.O. in other states (4.00)
    This library newsgroup has stuff (do a "find" on Sproul) from the Jackson county Oregon scam being foiled, and confirmation that this same scam was being run by Sproul in PA and WV as well... using Kelly Temps... which seems to follow the pattern we know he has been using of going through temp agencies like career builder.

    cheers,

    Mitch Gore

    No one will change America for you. You must work to make it happen.

    by Lestatdelc on Wed Oct 13, 2004 at 06:45:37 AM PDT

  •  Transcript from Northwest Cable News (4.00)
    NWCN ANCHOR: There's concern this morning that some Democratic registration forms may have been thrown away in Portland.

    VIDEO OF MIKE JOHNSON IN PIONEER COURTHOUSE SQUARE

    NWCN ANCHOR: This man, Mike Johnson, was out working the crowds in Pioneer Courthouse Square yesterday - he says he works for a group called the Travelling Team and that he gets paid five dollars for every Republican registration card he collects, but he says if he gets a Democratic card he just might throw it in the trash.

    VIDEO OF OREGON SECRETARY OF STATE BILL BRADBURY

    BRADBURY: The law says that if you're registering voters you have to accept whatever that voter says is their party, their choice of party. And it's not up to you whether you accept that registration.

    MORE VIDEO OF PIONEER COURTHOUSE SQUARE

    NWCN ANCHOR: The Oregon Republican Party is investigating.

    Talk to me on November 3rd.

    by El Payo on Wed Oct 13, 2004 at 06:48:09 AM PDT

  •  FromABC the Note back in June (4.00)

    The plot thickens in Arizona, where Democratic leaders are calling for an investigation into a Republican consultant's involvement with the effort to put Ralph Nader on the presidential ballot. The Arizona Republic reports Dems say Nathan Sproul, who served three years as executive director of the state GOP before becoming a consultant, is funding the petition drive. Sproul dismissed the claims, "I'm not being paid by anybody to do petitions (for Nader), and I've not paid anybody to do petitions."

    Oh REALLY?!?!?

    cheers,

    Mitch Gore

    No one will change America for you. You must work to make it happen.

    by Lestatdelc on Wed Oct 13, 2004 at 06:59:33 AM PDT

  •  Letters To Editors, People! (4.00)
    The only way to force this broadly into the mainstream media news cycles may be to give it the level of effort that's being directed toward Sinclair.

    This is a pattern of behavior the public needs to know... BEFORE November.

    Seek out the strongest arguments you disagree with - how else can you learn whether you're wrong?

    by Carneades on Wed Oct 13, 2004 at 07:15:03 AM PDT

    •  CAPITAL YES (3.83)
      WE need to push this.  We need to push the links to RNC, the quid-pro-quo payoffs to Sproul through Voyager, the nationwide nature of the scam, and Janklow's comment suggesting that the national GOP knows damn well what its doing.
  •  Let's go after Kelly... (none)
    Kelly is a respected temp labor firm.  I doubt they want to be associated with a fraudulent partisan dickhead scheister <sp?>.  Perhaps a few well-placed letters and e-mails would get them to publicly denounce this fucker - and really make it a story.
    •  My note to Kelly (3.85)
      checked the box for employer (figured they paid more attention to those) and wrote:

      You need to know, immediately, that any of your workers currently performing voter registration drives may be unwittingly involved in illegal fraud. Specifically, Nathan Sproul and Associates, misrepresenting himself as America Votes, has used your organization (and other temp agencies) to conduct partisan voter registration drives in front of malls and libraries and convenience stores all across the country. This has involved destroying any democratic registrations that have been submitted, and only processing the republican ones - in direct violation of election law.

      For your own sake, cease any work like this immediately (and feel free to consider suing Nathan Sproul for conspiracy to commit voting fraud in such a way as to besmirch your own good reputation.)

      yours,
      •  You Might Add (none)
        that Kelly may have exposed itself to criminal violations because prosecutors are investigating their temps. That might get them to issue a statement that they know nothing, etc.

        Iraq is deja vu all over again.

        by chuco35 on Wed Oct 13, 2004 at 02:14:57 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

    •  Kelly (4.00)
      The CEO of Kelly is Terrance Adderley.  Here is the corp address 999 W. Big Beaver Rd Troy, MI 48084 Ph 248 244 4192.
      The only thing that I want to add is be careful how you approach this.  Terry Adderley lost his son Ted on Sept. 11th.  He worked for Alger Management on the 93rd floor.    
       
  •  Just used the Kelly site to post this... (4.00)
    My small real estate business is growing and I am considering hiring some temp labor from Kelly.  However I heard you are providing staffing for illegal republican voter registration drives (for an outfit called Nathan Spraul and Associates) in AZ, PA, and WV.  Unfortunately I cannot in good conscience hire a firm actively engaged in destroying democracy in America.  Before I make my staffing decisions, could you please reassure me (and the public) that Kelly no longer provides staffing for fraudulent voter registration efforts?
  •  Record of payments (3.88)
    Sproul & Assoc. has been paid $125000 by the Republican party for "FEA voter registration", and also paid tens of thousands by Trent Franks (R-AZ) for "consulting." There simply isn't going to be any way that the Republicans can shrug this off as a rogue party member.
  •  Widespread organized voter fraud by Nathan Sproul (4.00)
    Email lists: Cut and paste the first 250 words of this story then email (I have broken the list up into three parts because that goes down easier)

    rkemper@tribune.com, bjapsen@tribune.com, csimpson@tribune.com, cgarrett@tribune.com, fjames@tribune.com, GWashburn@tribune.com, gdelama@tribune.com, joshea@tribune.com, jgreenburg@tribune.com, jzeleny@tribune.com, jzuckman@tribune.com, jcrewdson@tribune.com, JPeres@tribune.com, mdorning@tribune.com¸ MPossley@tribune.com, cptkilian@aol.com, mtackett@tribune.com, nbendavid@tribune.com, psinger2@tribune.com, bdold@tribune.com, rranderson@tribune.com, RAP30@aol.com, shedges@tribune.com, schapman@tribune.com, vwalton@tribune.com, wneikirk@tribune.com, bmccauley@enquirer.com, cweiser@gns.gannett.com, dhorn@enquirer.com, dwells@enquirer.com, jborgman@enquirer.com, rcooklis@enquirer.com, tlang@enquirer.com, aaron.brown@turner.com, am@cnn.com, 360@cnn.com, andrea.koppel@turner.com, bill.schneider@turner.com, bruce.morton@turner.com, candy.crowley@turner.com, carol.lin@turner.com, crossfire@cnn.com, daryn.kagan@turner.com, david.ensor@turner.com, daybreak@cnn.com, kurtzh@washpost.com, inthemoney@cnn.com, insidepoliticts@cnn.com, crossfire@cnn.com

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  •  Charleston WV Gazette story... (4.00)
    Bragg, and another person working for the group, said they were told
    the owners of the One Stop stores had agreed to allow them to conduct
    the work on the stores' lots. Patrick C. Graney III and Michael R.
    Graney are listed as the principal owners of 42 One Stop stores,
    according to the state Alcohol Beverage Control Administration.

    Messages left at One Stop's headquarters in Belle were not returned.

    West Virginians, please contact your state attorney general's office and see if One Stop's licenses (liquor, operating, etc.) can get pulled for being co-conspirators in this fraud.

    Levy heavy fines, too.

    I used to live in the state and would appreciate any direct action that can be taken against these perps.

    No, the Sultan's demands are still not sufficiently rational; the only lasting peace is one based on reason and scientific principle -- Horatio Jackson

    by rgilly on Wed Oct 13, 2004 at 09:34:13 AM PDT

  •  This IS the October Surprise! (none)
    And the only way we found out (but perhaps, still too late) was the characteristic greed of the GOP greaseball that they hired. I wouldn't be surpised to find out that this inhuman slime sold "Internets Viagra" before working with Enron et al.
    •  But it's a story that could affect the election (none)
      Americans, as a rule, don't like cheaters.

      If we can show this was a coordinated and organized effort, voters could swing to our side.

      •  Huh? (none)
        I thought you were going to bed.

        This aggression will not stand, man

        by kaleidescope on Wed Oct 13, 2004 at 10:49:06 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

      •  You say (none)
        that America doesn't like cheaters...

        I've been trying to keep a neo-con associate of mine up-to-date on this and his only response is that "the Democrats do it too."

      •  Lasting Meme to push - Greed vs. Need (4.00)
        Ok folks, our dear Nathan Sproul has gotten himself into the news cycle for all his registration efforts. The take-away meme from that story, however, is the not very surprising "tight elections bring out a few scumbags". Hopefully, people will also realize that the scumbags are disproportionately Republican.

        A longer lasting meme I think we should push, however, now that Nathan is in the news, emerges from the story about what he did between elections - pushing substandard and overpriced educational materials by way of his political connections. Hired after the 2000 election cycle by Voyager Learning - a company that puts out untested, and (according to teachers who've been forced to use it) boring curricular materials focused on getting students to pass all the mandated testing that came first with Bush's "reform" of education in Texas, and now nationally with No Child Left Behind.

        Voyager Learning seems, according to this inquiry, to get its big contracts not because it's product actually WORKS, but because the company is full of republican operators who know how to work the system.

        Which leaves us with this meme - useful in expanding the conversation with the media that the voter fraud allegations will obviously bring up in the next few days - that Bush and Co have proven themselves willing, even eager, to sacrifice our children's need for a quality education to the greed of their contributors and cronies.

        If that doesn't affect the thinking of parents everywhere, nothing will.
    •  Other Sproul-types out there? (none)
      Rat, you said "And the only way we found out (but perhaps, still too late) was the characteristic greed of the GOP greaseball that they hired."

      Haven't read this thread in detail, but am wondering whether there could be other Sproul-types out there who aren't so greedy and so they are still below the radar?

      •  Entirely possible (none)
        That's entirely possible. Remember though, I live in Florida, and have seen the dark underbelly of the JEB! Junta and their callous disregard for the law, the state Constitution, and the people.

        I'm seeing armed state police visiting elderly blacks at night and telling them they could be part of a criminal investigation, even though that case was closed befor they showed up.

        I'm seeing the state Legislature pass a law that forbids recounts of elections using electronic voting machines, and ONLY the votes tabulated by electronic voting machines.

        I'm seeing a state that ignores a Federal judge when ordered to cease using the "voter purge lists" of 2000, and doesn't restore the rights of innocent people, and then holds the 2002 elections under the same circumstances, using the same lists, disenfranchising people yet again (and getting Katherine Harris elected to Congress.)

        So yes, I do believe that there are others out there doing what Sproul is doing. Unfortunately, here in Florida, they're probably on the state payroll.

        •  Rat, whenever I read things... (none)
          like you just wrote, I wonder why people can't see. I have thoughts on this, but won't post here.

          Thanks for writing your message. And thanks for your comment re your belief that others out there are doing what Sproul is doing. I believe it, too.

    •  "the only way we found out..." (none)
      Don' t  forget the poor temps and alert librarians who blew the whistle.
      •  very true (none)
        That's true, but we'd have had a smaller chance of this breaking if Mr. Spooge- er, Sproul had paid his bills and offered a salary that would have attracted people smart enough to shred the ballots after hours. ;)
  •  Mail Fraud - Wire Fraud - Election Fraud? (4.00)
    Smells like a job for the Racketeer Influenced Corrupt Organizations Act.

    Sweet when Fay Clayton decided to use RICO against Ob-Gyn Clinic terrorists, sweeter still when somone uses against these clowns for voter fraud.

    These bastards!

    •  RNC as co-conspirators (none)
      RICO is a hateful law. I find it disgusting in every way. Until the US TRAITOR, er, PATRIOT act, this was the gold standard of overreaching, but if RICO is invoked, there is no way that the RNC will be able to avoid being one of the defendants. Worst case, RICO will be reformed, best case, the Republicans will.

      George Bush is suffering chronic mendacity syndrome.

      by freelunch on Wed Oct 13, 2004 at 01:25:35 PM PDT

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      •  RNC = Enterprise (none)
        I think that you'd need to have the RNC as the RICO "enterprise" since you can't have the enterprise be the defendant.

        So, you'd have these schmoes and others who "operated or influenced the RNC" while engaging in a pattern of racketeering activity.

  •  Nathan Sproul and the Clean Elections Act (4.00)
    Citizens' Initiative Seeks to Remove Funding from Clean Elections Act

    By Dennis Durband, Editor

    History is on the side of the "No Taxpayer Money for Politicians" initiative, but its opponents may raise $1 million in opposing the ballot proposition. If passed by Arizona voters in November, this initiative will remove funding for the controversial Clean Elections Act.

    By qualifying for Cleans Elections funding, political candidates receive state funding for their campaign expenses. Conservatives largely oppose the concept, but have not forfeited a place in the Clean Elections arena. Several conservative candidates participated in the program, rather than allow their campaign opponents to claim all the state funds and gain an unfair advantage. In 2002, Arizona taxpayers spent $13 million funding Clean Elections campaigns.

    Clean Elections candidates receive funding to match the funds raised by privately-financed candidates. The Clean Elections Commission has become a huge policing factor in Arizona elections, clamping down on participant and non-participating candidates alike. Two Independent "legislative candidates" in Tempe were disqualified from the 2002 election. Gubernatorial candidate Matt Salmon was fined over fundraising reporting red tape. Republicans accused the Clean Elections Commission of overzealously going after their candidates.

    Former Gov. Fife Symington once called Clean Elections a "socialist" system that injects the state government directly into political campaigns. State Sen. Thayer Verschoor (R-D22) announced in 2002 that he does not agree with the concept of Clean Elections, but he was not willing to sit back and let Democrat opponents claim all the funding.

    The "No Taxpayer Money for Politicians" initiative hired several hundred workers to secure 245,000 signatures on petitions, when only 183,000 were required to get the initiative placed on the fall ballot. The committee has raised $125,900 from just 24 contributors.

    Eric Crown, chairman of the initiative, has donated $30,000. Cong. Jeff Flake (R-D6) made a significant financial contribution from his campaign fund.

    Nathan Sproul, a member of the committee, explained why his group is pushing the initiative.

    "The initiative proposes a constitutional amendment that would prohibit taxpayer money from funding political campaigns," Sproul said. "Last year (2002), Arizona taxpayers gave politicians almost $13 million for political campaigns. Almost everyone, Republican, Democrat and Independents, agree there are higher priorities for that money. Some experts believe that in future elections, the price tag to Arizona taxpayers could exceed $20 million."

    Sproul, formerly the executive director of the Arizona Republican Party, said there is a good likelihood that the initiative will pass. This type of initiative has a good track record.

    "In Massachusetts in 2002, voters overwhelmingly supported the exact same concept," Sproul said. "Voters were asked through a non-binding initiative if they thought taxpayer money should be spent to fund political campaigns. Seventy-five percent of voters were against using taxpayer money to fund political campaigns."

    Massachusetts is a much more liberal state than Arizona is, too.

    The organization, Arizona Advocacy Network, is coordinating opposition to the initiative, uniting several minority and liberal organizations in a coalition:

    Planned Parenthood of Central and Northern Arizona
    Clean Elections Institute
    Sierra Club, Grand Canyon Chapter
    Arizona Hispanic Community Forum
    Native American Community Organizing Project
    Young Democratic Socialists
    Flagstaff Activists Network
    Arizona Audubon Council
    Arizona League of Conservation Voters
    Center for Biological Diversity
    Arizona Human Rights Fund
    Arizona Consumers Council
    Amnesty International
    Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice
    Friends of Flagstaff's Future
    Sun Cities/West Valley NOW
    Arizona Alliance for Peaceful Justice
    Protecting Arizona's Family Coalition
    Don't Waste Arizona, Inc.
    Arizona Coalition to End Homelessness
    Arizona Death Penalty Forum
    Arizona Citizen Action
    American Friends Service Committee - AZ Group
    Backers of the initiative accuse the Arizona Advocacy Network of questionable practices.

    Sproul said, "The opposition is hiding behind an organization called the Arizona Advocacy Network. The opposition has actually opened up two separate campaign committees, but all of the funding has flowed from the Arizona Advocacy Network. They are not releasing the names of donors to the Arizona Advocacy Network. In one of the most arrogant abuses of campaign accountability, they are, in essence, participating in political money laundering. Their donors give to AZ Advocacy Network (AAN) and AAN then gives large sums of money to the committees formed to oppose us. While they argue to `keep campaigns clean,' they `launder' money in order to hide their donors."

    Arizona Advocacy Network was contacted for comments by The Arizona Conservative, but did not return a message.

    Sproul said he doesn't know if the Clean Elections Commission is spending taxpayer money to oppose the initiative. "It's all flowing through Arizona Advocacy Network, so we don't know the real source of funding. They are pledging to run a million dollar campaign against us."

    More than 60 candidates, representing three political affiliations, for the 2002 Arizona Primary election have qualified for Clean Elections funding.

    http://www.azconservative.org/cleanelection_initiative.htm

  •  Nathan Sproul put Nader on the AZ ballot (4.00)
    Nader on AZ ballot
    by kos
    Thu Jun 10th, 2004 at 01:09:46 GMT

    So here's the word from the street.
    Nader dropped off 22,056 signatures to the Arizona Secretary of State, far above the 14,694 required. The vast majority of these signatures were stamped with "PAID CIRCULATOR". The AZ Democratic Party has charged that former AZ GOP chief Nathan Sproul has been paying $3/signature in his efforts to get Nader on the ballot. Sproul and the Nader camp deny the accusations.

    The state Dems may challenge the petitions, however. State law requries the signature petitions to include a vice presidential candidate. Nader added one last minute, but after the majority of signatures were collected. Nader also forgot to include his "statement of organization" with the petitions.

    Nitpicking? Who knows. But the stakes are high, and Arizona Dems will make sure Nader dotted all his i's and crossed all his t's.

  •  At Portland (Oregon) State U. (4.00)
    Story from today's student paper these fraudsters.
    •  Looks like OR Sec. of State is overwhelmed (none)
      I called Salem to report the incident I mentioned on earlier threads and to try to get an idea of the Sec. of State Dept of elections response to the situation. I can't say I'm encouraged.

      First of all, the only way to report an instanse of voter registration fraud is in writing to the Sec. of State office of elections in Salem OR (or via fax). They have no forms to do this on. It has to be in letter form, so you just sort of have to guess if you are giving complete information. The Sec. of State Office of Elections and Multnomah County Elections office disagrees whether County elections offices can recieve registration fraud complaints. Salem says they can. Multnomah Co. refuses (and hung up on me when I asked a 2nd time why the Sec. of State says they can take the reports).

      I'm not playing with the fax software that I never use for a one time use. So I'll have to mail the info to Salem. I'll continue to try to get ahold of the director of the office throughout the day, but I'm only getting voicemail thus far. Which means forget trying to get a timely response from the State Elections office to call the group I had on the phone last night doing voter registrations. Which means forget any chance of saving whatever Dem registrations they might have gathered.

      So... all I was really able to do thus far is e-mail the info to the oregon Kerry office and the State Democratic party office. Nobody else would even accept the info.

      Very depressing.

      "If you want to be released from the burdens of republicanism, listen to me!" -Bruce Springsteen, Vote for Change Concert

      by nyetsoup4you on Wed Oct 13, 2004 at 02:26:15 PM PDT

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    •  why register these studnets as Republicans? (none)
      The plot sickens...

      According to the story that you linked to: In this case they are not destroying forms for those who register as Dems - they are telling students to leave the party affiliation info blank [so they can later be listed as Republican.]

      What's the angle?

      Are they laying the groundwork for a Republican win when they rig the voting machines?

      These people don't care about democracy.

      They care about holding on to power and gorging themselves at the public trough.

      They fear fair elections, because they doubt that they can win.

      "How do you ask a man to be the last man to die for a mistake?" -- John Kerry, 1971.

      by peace voter on Wed Oct 13, 2004 at 04:51:13 PM PDT

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      •  WHAT voting machines? (none)
        Until the last election or so, we had chad-ridden punch cards. Now we have "fill in the arrow" paper ballots. No electronic voting in Oregon, because it is ALL vote by mail.
        •  good news! (none)
          Thanks for the info.  I'm happy to learn that Diebold won't have an opportunity to skew the results in Oregon.

          Do you have a theory about why they filled in "Republican" for the party affiliation portion of the registration cards?

          Do you think it's because they were only paid when they registered Republicans?

          peace

          "How do you ask a man to be the last man to die for a mistake?" -- John Kerry, 1971.

          by peace voter on Thu Oct 14, 2004 at 07:58:20 AM PDT

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          •  building an alibi (none)
            One of the justifications for challenging an election result is the numbers affiliated with each party in a particular precinct. Remember Florida 2000--it was the result in certain counties that was particularly hotly contested.

            So if they sign up a whole bunch of "Republicans" and the Democratic candidate wins, they've got another reason to cry foul if Diebold doesn't deliver.

            •  Again, (none)
              Deibold isn't a factor in Oregon, because you can't mail an electronic voting machine.

              They mark Repub because they get paid for repub regs.

              The reason most people sign up as dem or repub is that you can't vote in the other guy's primary.

              In 2000, that meant there was a fairly high proportion of people registering repub just to influence which candidate "our guy" had to go against. If the primaries had still been remotely contested when they got to Oregon, people would have been switching their regs back to dem to vote in that one.

              Oregon is not used to being a potential "swing state". Usually the national race is called before our "polls" (or boxes) close. 2000 was a wake-up call, when not only didn't we know the prez before the voting ended, we didn't know before we finally staggered off to bed at 3 am, either. This is why Oregon is finally more interested and involved in the national election--it's like a statewide version of the apathetic voter who thought their vote didn't really "mean" anything...suddenly we found out that it could mean everything.

  •  As this scandal begins to unwind (4.00)
    Watch Drudge.  I guarantee within 24 hours he will be pushing whatever Democratic party voter registration 'scandal' they can find for all its worth.  And all GOP talking heads interviewed about Nevada and Oregon this week will be conditioned to shift the focus onto whatever they manage to dredge up today to pin on Democrats.

    Now that there is iron-clad evidence of major voter registration fraud on the part of the GOP, their only strategy will be to cloud the issue.  The strategy will be to create the impression that 'both parties do it'.

    Democrats need to be ready for this move.  I suggest a straightforward deconstruction as in 'If my party were guilty of one of the biggest electoral scandals in American history, I'd be looking for typos in the other party's paperwork too.  The simple fact is that there will always be mistakes on forms, but what the GOP has done here is systematically rob people of their voting rights."

    •  Yep. (none)
      That's what they'll do. Make up some story about Dems doing it too, hoping that the press, in its legendray laziness, will treat it as "he said, she said".

      Nevertheless, this story definitely belongs in the national media, so it must be pushed for. Hard.

    •  Nope (none)
      I won't watch Drudge.

      Iraq is deja vu all over again.

      by chuco35 on Wed Oct 13, 2004 at 02:18:34 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  It will be "everyone does it" (none)
      Or "widespread fraud by BOTH parties".

      Just like all other scandals: "You subverted American democracy." "I'm not saying I did, but that Democrat might be lying about getting a blow job." As if they were equivalent.

    •  He's been doing this for some time. (none)
      Struck me as media immunization for just such an eventuality. He's also benn publishing voter/campaign intimidation and breakins.

      WARNING: When not being directly observed, this post may cease to exist or exist only in a vague and undetermined state.

      by Democarp on Thu Oct 14, 2004 at 12:35:22 AM PDT

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  •  Really excellent work on this diary (none)
    I want to commend your research work here.  Let's hope it gets a lot of attention.
  •  GAH! (3.91)
    It's COORDINATED! This IS the October Surprise! Remember the diary about the GOP fat cat with his coterie of thugs barging into the county clerk's office demanding to know how to challenge individual voter's registrations??

    THIS is how they're going to steal the election!

    -Stroud rips up the Dem registrations.

    -Local "strike teams" in swing states get lawyered up and train volunteers in the "step by step" of challenging a voter's right to vote and stations them in the polling places as "observers".

    -When one of these folks that were victimized by Stroud et al try to vote, the goon whips out a pre-printed form/challenge, fills in that person's name and challenges their right to vote.

    -This thread to sue will be enough to spook many people into leaving the polling place immediately.

    -It could take months to clear out the GOP lawsuits in swing states where people were allowed to vote, and the Rovian Sewage Machine will be spewing 24/7 on how Dems are traitors and want to weaken the country, sending "mixed messages to our allies and the terrorists" and undermining the Preznit.

    (Sorry for the incoherence, but I"m late for a meeting.)

    •  OREGON DOESN"T HAVE POLLING PLACES (none)
      per se. Caps lock not broken, but if you're going to have a conspiracy theory, at least understand the environment the conspiracy is taking place in.

      There are no polling places. The only "observers" I know about are those who observe the vote counting. We've got lawyers lined up already for whatever we might need lawyers for.

      What will happen in Oregon is that most people will get their ballots in the next week. People who "thought" they registered and were not registered, will not get a ballot. They will, if they notice or bother, contact the local elections office, and deal with it there.

      There are three ways a ballot gets turned in here.

      #1 best way and recommended: Drive down to your local elections office and drop the ballot in the ballot box. The next person who touches it will be an elections worker. There is no more direct way to get your ballot to the vote counters.

      #2 way, still very good: Stamp and drop your ballot in a "real" mailbox (i.e. postal box, not your home mailbox) A variation includes sticking it in the mailbox with the flag up, handing it to a postman, etc.--but anything involving a standard home mailbox is less secure.

      #3 way, which I do NOT recommend: Hand it over to a third person to deliver to elections for you. Common scenarios are people from ACT or wherever going door to door and collecting ballots. Another I heard tonight was "get together for a voting party" where like minded people get together, talk about the issues, fill out their ballots, stuff 'em, and put them in a box together for someone to take to elections.

      I really think anything other than sticking it in the "real" mail (secure mailbox) or taking it to the elections office is less than ideal. Even well meaning friends can "forget" to turn them in. The only person I'd trust to turn my ballot in for me is my husband--he's even more passionate about this stuff than I am.

      IF someone does not get their ballot by, oh, the 20th... time to start calling and asking why. And if someone finds that their registration has gone astray, if the elections division doesn't immediately offer an option which involves getting a ballot and voting 'for real' (not provisional), call the local democratic headquarters, because they've got lawyers, and they want you to vote.

      But no, we won't have goons at polling places. We've got plenty of goons, but they'd have to go door to door, because my polling place is my kitchen table, and trust me, if I find a goon there, I can just as easily vote in the car, or at Mom's house, or wherever....

      •  DISAGREE with your recommendation of #2 (none)
        In fact that is part of the GOTV effort the Multnomah Dem party is geared up for... collecting ballots for people who don't have the time or capacity to get to the county elections office or down to the post office. We have receipts and secure sign-in and sign-out sheets for this process.

        The party is also monitoring every day, the previous days update tally of who has turned in their ballots from the day the ballots from the county elections office, from the time the ballots drop until election night, in order to focus on those voter ID'ed supporters who haven't turned in their ballots.

        cheers,

        Mitch Gore

        No one will change America for you. You must work to make it happen.

        by Lestatdelc on Thu Oct 14, 2004 at 09:12:17 AM PDT

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        •  Doh.. meant to type #3 (none)
          Not #2... damn typos.

          cheers,

          Mitch Gore

          No one will change America for you. You must work to make it happen.

          by Lestatdelc on Thu Oct 14, 2004 at 09:14:27 AM PDT

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        •  Down here in Eugene (none)
          my understanding is that they're telling canvassers to offer a stamp, or offer to drive people to a drop box, but avoid handling other people's ballots. That if you have to take someone's ballot because it won't get in on time any other way, for god's sake don't keep it overnight!

          I really think that involving 3rd parties in the vote process beyond the mailman or an election worker is a Bad Idea (tm).

          My understanding of this comes from my mother, who is working 4 days a week at the local dem headquarters as a volunteer.

          Specifically, the fact that the repubs are using the "dems do it too!" defense (which I find personally offensive and outrageous) is all the more reason to keep our noses squeaky clean and avoid even the appearance of an opportunity for vote fraud.

          •  Offering a stamp is illegal (none)
            If they are doing that they need to stop telling them that BIG TIME.

            The process we have here in Portland (Multnomah county specifically) is more secure than dropping it in your own mailbox. There is in fact a paper trail and tracking daily about what voters are tallied as having voted being distributed by CD form the county elections office to the Dem County office every day. This is how we are targeting voter ID'ed GOTV.

            There is nothing wrong with it, nothgin "opbjectionable" or illegal though GOP will bloviate all the same over it regardless.

            cheers,

            Mitch Gore

            No one will change America for you. You must work to make it happen.

            by Lestatdelc on Thu Oct 14, 2004 at 02:55:54 PM PDT

            [ Parent ]

      •  Last I checked.... (none)
        ...there were more states in the Union than Oregon, and Sproul has visited other states than Oregon.

        Also, I wouldn't assume by a long shot that Sproul is the only one doing this.

        •  If that *is* their strategy, however (none)
          It will fall rather flat here.

          We've got more chance of problems from people swiping ballots out of mailboxes (before or after they're filled out) than we do from goons at our kitchen tables.

  •  Nathan Sproul Money Laundering with Nevada (4.00)
    Ariz. GOP exchanging donations with Nevada
    By Howard Fischer
    CAPITOL MEDIA SERVICES

    PHOENIX - The Arizona Republican Party has figured out an unusual way to make some quick cash for the fight against Proposition 106.

    Party officials shipped $40,000 in donations from individuals here to the Nevada Republican Party.

    The Nevada GOP, in turn, shipped back $60,000 in corporate contributions it couldn't use for presidential and congressional races.

    The Arizona GOP can use that corporate money to try to keep the redistricting process firmly in the hands of the Republican-controlled Arizona Legislature.

    The $60,000 from the Nevada Republican Party and $75,000 from the Republican National Committee are the only contributions on campaign finance reports filed with the Secretary of State's Office.

    Was it money laundering?

    "Laundering is not the right term to use," said Nathan Sproul, executive director of the Arizona Republican Party. He said it's simply a way for the party here to maximize the funding it needs to defeat Proposition 106 while also helping elect Republicans in Nevada.

    He said there may be similar deals in the future with GOP organizations in other states.

    Sproul said the party here needs the money: He points out that Phoenix commercial developer Jim Pederson already has kicked in nearly $470,000 of his own money to persuade voters that a special commission should draw legislative and congressional district boundaries in Arizona, not the Legislature.

    The money-transfer scheme stems from Sproul's ability to use federal campaign finance restrictions to his benefit. Federal law prohibits corporations from giving to presidential and congressional races. There also are limits on how much individuals can give.

    That, said Sproul, makes Arizona's individual donations "more valuable than the corporate dollars." That's why the Nevada party is willing to exhange "less valuable" corporate dollars at a 3-to-2 ratio.

    http://www.azstarnet.com/vote2000/1012.shtml

  •  Nathan Sproul campaign school for pollsters (4.00)
    Successful Campaign School
    Saturday, September 8th found people from all over Pinal County, Phoenix, Scottsdale and Tucson attending a PCRC sponsored Campaign School held at the Gold Canyon Golf Resort.  Over twenty attendees were addressed by speakers such as: Dr. Margaret Corgan Kenski, a notable pollster and academic from Tucson; Foster Robberson, an attorney and candidate for Attorney General; Nathan Sproul, Executive Director of the Arizona Republican Party; Robert Simpson, representing the Secretary of State's Office and Pamela Bir, owner of pBg Associates.
     http://pbgassociates.com/pinal/campaign_school.htm

    Three campaign schools have been conducted in 2003.  For information about the next school contact Sharron Gill at 480 671-9755.

  •  Today on Buzzflash... (2.50)
    America Votes throws out Democrat registrations in Nevada...http://www.klas-tv.com/Global/story.asp?S=2421595&nav=168XRvNe

    America Votes throws out Democrat registrations in Oregon...

    http://www.oregonlive.com/newsflash/regional/index.ssf?/base/news-8/1097647496301300.xml&storyli st=orlocal

    •  FOR FUCKS SAKE!!! (4.00)
      This is not about "America Votes" that is doing this shit!!

      Get the story straight Buzzflash... America Votes is legit... it is Nathan Sproul's shadowy group(s) called "Voters Outreach of America" and "Operation Vote America" which are the problem. The later named group tried to MISLEAD Public Libraries by claiming that they were contracted with "America Votes" who is a legit nonpartisan group.

      cheers,

      Mitch Gore

      No one will change America for you. You must work to make it happen.

      by Lestatdelc on Wed Oct 13, 2004 at 12:45:24 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Nathan Sproul bars Independents from GOP primary (3.66)

    Ruling bars independent voters from GOP presidential primary

    Saturday, 4 December 1999

    By Howard Fischer
    Capitol Media Services

    PHOENIX - If you are not a registered Republican, you will have to sit out the presidential primary in February.
    Attorney General Janet Napolitano said a voter-approved change in the constitution giving independents the right to vote in primaries applies only to races for state offices.
    The 1992 law setting up a state presidential preference primary is based on different principles, she said, exempting it from the terms of the initiative.
    The formal opinion means GOP presidential contenders will not have to spend time and resources trying to appeal to people who are not registered party members.
    Conversely, if politicians such as Sen. John McCain are counting on support from beyond their own party to win, they will have to persuade supporters to change their party registration.
    Napolitano's opinion does not affect the Democrats, who operate and pay for their own primary in March, making it exempt from state law. In fact, state party Chairman Mark Fleischer said he will ask party officials to open the Democratic primary to independents.
    But Nathan Sproul, executive director of the state Republican Party, said he agrees with Napolitano's decision. ``We think it's logical for Republicans to tell Republican delegates who to cast their votes for at the national convention,'' he said.
    The 1998 measure, proposed by lawmakers, was designed to answer complaints by independents they were effectively disenfranchised in some elections.
    Napolitano said the presidential preference primary is not, in fact, a true primary. ``The presidential preference election does not determine which candidate is placed on the general election ballot,'' she said. Rather it is to choose delegates who support a specific candidate for national nomination.
    She pointed out that parties are not required to participate in the state-run primary. In fact, the Democrats ignored the primary in 1996 and will do so again this year because the Feb. 22 date conflicts with party rules against holding a primary that early.
    Before 1996, each party operated its own selection process, whether by primary or caucus, not subject to state law.

    ------------------------------------------------------------------------

  •  Great Research! (none)
    GO BLOGGERS!  I hope Kerry attacks Bush and Co. with this tonight.  

    San Diego Steve W=WRONG!

    by SanDiegoSteve on Wed Oct 13, 2004 at 10:55:42 AM PDT

  •  This MUST make it to the mainstream media (none)
    This is THE scandal of the election. It MUST make it to the mainstream media. Please recommend this diary and then e-mail it's contents to all the addresses listed in the reply above. This is it folks. It's time to show the world what KOS is all about.
  •  KOS: FRONTPAGE THIS! (3.66)
    You know the mainstream press & Kerry people read dKos. Let's push this one, too.

    "You mean the movie lied?!"

    by pilgrim99 on Wed Oct 13, 2004 at 11:16:58 AM PDT

  •  Sproul got half a million from the RNC (3.90)
    Republican Party expenditures from opensecrets.com:

    SPROUL & ASSOCIATES,INC $160,001 8/25/2004 POLITICAL CONSULTING
    SPROUL & ASSOCIATES,INC $27,916 8/13/2004 POLITICAL CONSULTING
    SPROUL & ASSOCIATES,INC $99,135 8/11/2004 POLITICAL CONSULTING
    SPROUL & ASSOCIATES,INC $181,905 8/4/2004 POLITICAL CONSULTING
    SPROUL & ASSOCIATES,INC $20,000 7/14/2004 POLITICAL CONSULTING

    That's $488,957 just through August.

  •  Need a database of repub sleazeballs (none)
    This story shows the value in creating  a public database of republican sleazeballs and then when every election rolls around we can just check up on what they are up to.  

    Shouldn't be hard to do on Dkosopedia -- a good project for post election period.

  •  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.

  •  Kos Lawyers, please take note (4.00)
    the Jackson County librarian quoted here says she received a letter from Sproul & Associates in which they present themselves as representing America Votes.

    Librarians preserve documents. This one needs to become a legal exhibit.

  •  Another devout Christian Republican (4.00)
    Mr Sproul is a member of an evangelist Baptist church located in Tempe, Arizona. The entire extended Sproul family is active in the church - Dr. Michael D. Sproul is the Senior Pastor and Dr. Dave Sproul is the head of their International Baptist Missions. Nathan Sproul and his wife are both proud graduates of the church's "Christian Academy" (pre-K through 12 school).

    The church preaches the literal interpretation of the Bible, which presumably includes prohibitions against lying, one of the deadly sins.

    Hmm...let's see here. Biblical verse isn't my strong suit, but the International Standard Bible Encyclopedia has a helpful discussion here

    3. God's Attitude to It:

    God's attitude toward this sin is strongly marked throughout both the Old Testament and New Testament. The righteous are called upon to hate lying (Pr 13:5), to avoid it (Ze 3:13), to respect not those who lie, and utterly reject their company (Ps 40:4; 101:7), to pray to be delivered from it (Ps 119:29). The wicked are said to love lying (Ps 52:3), to delight in it (Ps 62:4), to seek after it (Ps 4:2), and to give heed to it (Pr 17:4). Lying leads to worse crimes (Ho 4:1,2).

    4. The Penalty:

    The punishment to be meted out to liars is of the severest kind. They are positively and absolutely excluded from heaven (Re 21:27; 22:15), and those who are guilty of this sin are cast into the lake of fire (Re 21:8). We are reminded of the awful fate meted out to Ananias and Sapphira when they lied to God and man (Ac 5:1-11). God will "destroy them that speak lies" (Ps 5:6), and "he that uttereth lies shall not escape" (Pr 19:5), yea "a sword is upon the liars" (Jer 50:36 the King James Version). The liar is thereby debarred from rendering any true and acceptable worship unto the Lord (Ps 24:4).

    What is the common theme between GOP operatives and religious hypocrisy? Maybe Nathan Sproul was absent from school a lot.

  •  Excellent job Bob (none)
    Thank you for all your hard work.

    These guys can run but they can't hide.

    "Do what you can, with what you have, where you are." - Theodore Roosevelt

    by Andrew C White on Wed Oct 13, 2004 at 12:18:56 PM PDT

  •  BUSH CRONY SPROUL'S BOSS? DIRECT LINK . . . (4.00)
    In an article from January 2004 in the Glendale Star (http://www.glendalestar.com/articles/2004/01/23/news/news02.txt), former Executive Director of the Arizona Republican Party, Nathan Sproul was additionally identified as Regional President of Voyager Learning.
    Voyager (www.voyagerlearning.com)is a Dallas-based "learning" company whose primary reason for being is to provide cram courses for kids so they can pass the standardized tests mandated by the "No Child Left Behind" Act. (Not coincidentally, this company was started in Texas in the late 90's---when Bush pushed his education "reforms" through.)

    According to Voyager's news releases, the company has grown exponentially over the last few years due to their innovative curriculum and leading-edge teaching methods.

    However, according to a Press Release from the Public Advocate for the City of New York from May 6, 2003 (http://www.pubadvocate.nyc.gov/press/050603.shtml), "Voyager reading products provide little results" and were described by one expert as "the best example of the worst reading programs for young children."

    The Public Advocate goes on to say that Voyager's success to date is chiefly attributable---not to the quality of their products---but to their use of political connections to gain lucrative contacts. Specific examples/persons cited were:

    --Voyager SVP,Jim Nelson is a former Bush appointee, who headed of the Texas Education Agency. As Texas Governor, George W. Bush pushed a proposal giving $25 million in state money to after school programs that would aid Voyager, which had contributed more than $45,000 to Bush and over $20,000 to Bush's lieutenant governor running mate
    --Voyager President Randy Best worked with current Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld when the two were appointed board members of Westmark Systems, an Austin-based holding company specializing in acquiring military electronics companies. Randy Best has even said that politics was "a major part of the decision-making process."

    The Public Advocate additionally claims "that schools have been pressured to use Voyager.
    The federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act specifically states that only curricula and teaching methods that are scientifically proven to work will be funded. Yet, despite criticism that the research used to justify Voyager's claims to success were unscientific and produced very little results, the U.S Education Department led applicants for federal reading funds to believe that approval of their application would be speeded up if they indicated a preference for particular commercial programs, including Voyager.

    Furthermore, the New York State Department of Education was also said to be following the federal government's guidelines by mandating the use of a Voyager program. In July 2002... School officials were told that they had to use an online program being developed by a Texas-based company, Voyager Expanded Learning."

    This raises many questions, chief among them . . .
    Is Sproul still employed by Voyager Learning and how did he get the job?
    If he still works for them, why is he running a registration drive?
    What exactly are his ties to Mr Nelson and the other execs?  

    •  more on voyager (4.00)
      Voyager Board of Directors

      "Voyager is Led by Top Public School Educators and Experienced Leaders from Private Industry"

      Donald A. Baer
      Executive Vice President, Strategy and Development
      Discovery Communications, Inc.

      Nils Brous, Director
      KKR & Co.

      Wallace R. Hawley
      Founder InterWest Partners

      Adm. Thomas Hayward
      Former Chief of Naval Operations United States Navy (ret.)

      Governor James B. Hunt Jr.
      Former Governor of North Carolina

      David J. Johnson
      Chairman & CEO KinderCare Learning Centers

      Dr. Manuel J. Justiz
      Dean College of Education The University of Texas at Austin

      Dr. Robert S. Peterkin
      Director, Urban Superintendents Program
      Harvard Graduate School of Education

      Dr. Ted Sanders
      President Education Commission of the States

      Management Team

      Voyager is Led by Top Public School Educators and Experienced Leaders from Private Industry

       Randy Best
      Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
      rbest@voyagerlearning.com

       Admiral Thomas B. Hayward (ret.)
      Vice Chairman
      thayward@voyagerlearning.com

       Bob Blevins
      Executive Vice President of Strategic Planning, Development and Sales
      bblevins@voyagerlearning.com

       Jeri Nowakowski
      Executive Vice President of Product Development, Research and Marketing
      jnowakowski@voyagerlearning.com

       Deborah A. Nugent
      Executive Vice President of Finance and Operations
      dnugent@voyagerlearning.com

       Alan Nowakowski
      Executive Vice President of Professional Development, Training and Support Services  
      anowakowski@voyagerlearning.com

      "How do you ask a man to be the last man to die for a mistake?" -- John Kerry, 1971.

      by peace voter on Wed Oct 13, 2004 at 05:18:29 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Great stuff on Voyager... (none)
        Yeah, George Bush is concerned about educating our youth.

        NCLB may prove to be yet another Bush program designed primarily to enrich his buddies.

        And who wrote our national energy policy again?

        •  Voyager's Admiral (4.00)
          No surprise here.  

          Retired Admiral Thomas B. Hayward who is both on the Voyager board and employed as Vice Chair signed on to an August 17, 2004 statement issued by "Diplomatic and Military Professionals for National Security" in which they write:

          "We believe that President Bush has demonstrated that he is a capable, effective, and determined leader...Seeking international popularity or limiting our course of action to the bland consensus of timid governments is not a formula for protecting and preserving America's security and best interests."

          "How do you ask a man to be the last man to die for a mistake?" -- John Kerry, 1971.

          by peace voter on Wed Oct 13, 2004 at 05:55:25 PM PDT

          [ Parent ]

    •  Jim Nelson home early from Iraq (none)
      --Voyager SVP,Jim Nelson--
      Houston Chronicle:

      -----------------

      Nelson, 53, resigned the commissioner's post last year to become a senior vice president of Voyager Expanded Learning, a Dallas-based education company. He was still at Voyager in May, when he got an unexpected Friday afternoon call from a White House staffer.

      "He told me they wanted to put together a team of people who could help Iraq's school system get back on its feet," Nelson said.

      But Nelson returned from Iraq early from the assignment.

      ------------------

      I do hope he didn't leave any computers over there with school security plans on them.

  •  Time to Collect Evidence... (4.00)
    ...before those rats at the RNC modify the ads on careerbuilder.com.  I don't put anything beyond them, at this point.

    Here's a link to a Voter Outreach, Inc. ad on careerbuilder.com, with the RNC's endorsement at the bottom.

    Here's my mirror of the page.

    Like I said, I wouldn't put it beyond the RNC to remove their little two-sentence notice at the bottom of each ad and claim that no link ever existed.

  •  My letter to the New York Times (4.00)
    Over the past few days, there has been a rash of stories about fraudulent voting practices committed by GOP operatives.  To give a brief (and far from complete) list:

    SPROUL & ASSOCIATES is directly financed by the RNC (http://www.opensecrets.org/indivs/search.asp?NumOfThou=0&txtName=Sproul%2C+Nathan&txtState=% 28all+states%29&txtZip=&txtEmploy=&txtCand=&txt2004=Y&Order=N).  Nathan Sproul is reported as the director of the Arizona Christian Coalitition.

    The Charlston Gazette reported on 8/20 Sproul & Associates in West Virginia started a voter registration campaign where ONLY republicans were registered -- not Democrats -- apparently in violation of the West Virginia law.  (The article is reported at http://www.dailykos.com/story/2004/10/13/32821/029).

    There have been reports posted on the internet from Pennsylvania (on September 17) and Maryland (on September 16) of the the same organization -- Sproul & Associates -- pretending to be workers from the non-partisan America Votes, and registering ONLY Republicans.  To obtain locations to set up shop, Sproul and Associates apparently lied to puiblic librarians about being non-partisan.  (The internet postings, that took place on a librarian network, are reported at http://www.dailykos.com/story/2004/10/13/32821/029)

    On September 22, Sproul and Associates did the same thing in Oregon.  (See http://www.democrats.com/preview.cfm?term=Bush%20Campaign%202004).  This is a plain violation of Oregon law, according to Oregon Secretary of State Bill Bradbury in an interview with Northwest Cable News.  (http://www.dailykos.com/story/2004/10/13/32821/029).  It also appears that another Republican group engaged in "bait and switch registration", at least according to the Daily Vanguard today.  (http://www.dailyvanguard.com/vnews/display.v/ART/2004/10/13/416cd28596c0c_

    Yesterday evening, CBS reported that an organization in Nevada called Voters Outreach America was THROWING OUT registration forms filled out by people trying to register to vote as Democrats.  (See http://www.klas-tv.com/Global/story.asp?S=2421595&nav=168XRvNe).  The American Prospect has reported that Voters Outreach America is under contract with Sproul & Associates.  (http://www.prospect.org/web/page.ww?section=root&name=ViewWeb&articleId=7954).

    And then, of course, there is the widely-reported story from South Dakota, where the nephew of Thune, the Republican challenger to Tom Daschle, has been caught fraudulently obtaining absentee ballots for Republicans.  A criminal investigation is pending.  (http://www.argusleader.com/news/Saturdayarticle2.shtml).  Top Republicans have been forced to resign.  (http://keloland.com/NewsDetail2817.cfm?Id=22,35221).

    What it appears here is that there are reliable reports of GOP operatives in at least SIX states engaging in sytematic and repeated attempts at voter fraud.  From only registering republicans, to falsifying absentee ballot requests, to destroying democratic voter applications, this appears to be a coordinated effort at all levels to swing the election illegally to the Republicans.  In fact, things are so bad that former SD goveror Janklow has issued a public statement saying that the national GOP is encouraging voter fraud. (http://www.keloland.com/NewsDetail2817.cfm?Id=22,35248).

    PLEASE CONSIDER COVERING THIS STORY.

  •  Outstanding effort Bob (n/t) (none)
  •  A quick google on (none)
    ... "voter registration fraud" and "Nevada" turns up almost nothing but freeper entries and their kissin cousin sites.

    These folks... I... they... <shaking head>....

    "Do what you can, with what you have, where you are." - Theodore Roosevelt

    by Andrew C White on Wed Oct 13, 2004 at 12:50:25 PM PDT

    •  Be prepared (3.50)
      for a massive... and I do mean MASSIVE counter attack from the freepers in an attempt to cover up these crimes.

      They've been screaming fraud for months now and I'm sure their scatter guns are loaded with diahrrea to spray all over the real fraud being perpetrated.

      "Do what you can, with what you have, where you are." - Theodore Roosevelt

      by Andrew C White on Wed Oct 13, 2004 at 12:53:36 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Odd ... (none)
      I did a GoogleNews search on that very string - "voter registration fraud" + Nevada - and got loads of meaningful results ...

      you can click here for similar ...

      vote early - vote often

      by wystler on Wed Oct 13, 2004 at 02:39:03 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Better results (none)
      are achieved by googling "voter registration" + fraud (or + Sproul).  I got more results with those terms than I had time today to go through.  This is truly a mother lode.  I wrote to ABC Nightly news this AM asking them to report on this, and summarizing briefly the scale and significance of the fraud uncovered.
      •  good search (none)
        i spent like 3 hours today searching vote fraud + (state initials) and discovered some really crappy stories from all over the country. Sproul and Sinclair are bad, but there are plenty more.

        Hey Rove, if you're so proud of your candidate, why all the dirty punches? Some guy oughta' teach him a lesson.

        Man, I hope Kerry nails Bush hard on his lousy record and industry kissass.

  •  SUPER JOB! (none)
    Now let's get it out into the media spotlight and insist upon some serious answers to the serious questions that this brings to mind.

    Feinstein, Boxer and Dreier have all heard from me this morning.

    "Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other." - JFK

    by jillian on Wed Oct 13, 2004 at 12:52:19 PM PDT

    •  Why would you want to contact Drier? (none)
      He's a scumbag race-baiter who enjoys cutting funds for Head Start, votes against all progressive measures, and is an 'Ahhnold' suckup.
      He's probably getting a good chuckle out of it.
  •  I Wonder (none)
    Great Job Bob! The RNC will certainly say that Pogue was a separate, independent contractor, and that the RNC didn't know Pogue and Associates were engaged in organized voter-fraud on their behalf (who the hell are the "Associates" I wonder).

    But it appears that the RNC could be some kind of clearinghouse for similar voter fraud on a wider basis. It's quite possible that someone in RNC land has a handfull of outfits similar to Pogue and Associates doing this same kind of shit -- trashing D registrations and fraudulently raising Nader signatures. All coordinated by the RNC, of course. After all, that is the RNC's role -- coordinate. And why would we expect the RNC to limit its dirty work to only one "overzealous" company?

    I think you've just hit a motherlode. Let's keep digging.

    Iraq is deja vu all over again.

    by chuco35 on Wed Oct 13, 2004 at 01:43:13 PM PDT

  •  Tell McCain! (4.00)
    I just emailed the first paragraphs of Bob's post to John McCain alerting him of the fraud, of Sproul's connection to the GOP and to Arizona, and asking him to investigate it and condemn it.

    McCain's been carrying water for Bush, but he isn't the kind of person who would tolerate this kind of crime against our democracy. We have to get him to make a statement about what's going on.

    Anyway, that's my suggestion.

  •  Right-wing spin: attack ACORN (3.50)
    Take several deep breaths before going here at MichNews.com:


    I see much that leads me to the conclusion that the Democratic Party has given up on trying to win elections within the purview of the law.

    Examples of an impending Election Day train wreck ...

    In Reading, Pennsylvania
    ,
    Director of Elections V. Kurt Bellman told the Board of Elections this week that there have been flagrant attempts at voter registration fraud. ...
    "Not only do we have unintentional duplication of voter registrations but we have blatant duplicate voter registrations."
    Groups like the Association Communication Organization for Reform Now (ACORN), and the Citizens for Consumer Justice are both well connected to the Democratic Party and its agenda. ACORN claim's to have registered over 70,000 new voters in Pennsylvania this year.

    Ohio is also investigating possible voter fraud in Hamilton County and  Columbus. Again, the party to alleged fraud is ACORN. While the numbers to date of possible voter fraud are so far small, 19 registrations, the possibilities for many more are enormous.
    ACORN has registered over 1 million new voters nationwide, including some 158,000 in Ohio alone....

    Vincent Fiore is a freelance political writer who lives in New York City

    GOP USA has a Fiore bio here.

    •  Duplication is not fraud (4.00)
      There is NOTHING to this. OFten people will register several times throughout the year to make sure they are registered. Duplicates are routinely purged and is not indicative of fraud or any sort of foul play.

      There is literally NOTHING in these "accusations" as duplicated registration is normal, non-fraudulent and does not generate multiple ballots or multiple chances of voting.

      cheers,

      Mitch Gore

      No one will change America for you. You must work to make it happen.

      by Lestatdelc on Wed Oct 13, 2004 at 02:57:46 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  True (none)
        But, some GOP tactics (cash for Republican registration cards) encourages canvassers to use deception to get people to duplicate registration.  

        http://www.dailyvanguard.com/vnews/display.v/ART/2004/10/13/416cd28596c0c

        It is the reponsibility of a person signing a form to know what they are signing, but these canvasseres are lying about what the form is.  If the voter doesn't fill out the name and address part correctly (you would double check for mistakes in the address portion and perhaps only use one of several possible addresses if you knew what it was for) -- the mail in ballot will not be sent to the correct location.  Being switched to Republican status is really inconsequential until the next primary.

        It is also possible that Sproul type canvassers will mangle the address portion -- effectively eliminating someone from the voter rolls.  

  •  I told Oprah (4.00)
    Well at least I emailed the producers.  Be interesting to see if anything comes from that end.  She did a show the other week about how important it was to vote and they registered people.  "If you don't vote you have no voice." was her message.
    Secondly, what about posting a press release linking back to this diary on PR News wire?  You can send it out free.  Make sure you have a great subject line.
  •  ACT (none)
    Does anyone else think it might be a bad idea for ACT to try to collect citizens ballots (to turn in for them) in Oregon?

    What if a Sproul group called "Americans Came Together" runs around collecting Democratic ballots the day before?

    For example, America Coming Together, a group backing Democrat John Kerry, plans to send out teams of volunteers to collect ballots from voters the group has identified or registered.

    http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/news/archive/2004/10/13/politics1242EDT0537.DTL

    It seems  a much better idea to give people a lift to the election office or to the local post office.  Actually voting is so easy in Oregon we should probably spend more effort on election day in the "regressive voting' states.  

    -----------------------
    I think in the next election we should put the our voter registration tables next to official postal service mail boxes and provide a stamp and envelope to those registering so they can mail it themselves.  A digital picture of the form should work for paper trail purposes.  We need to make this shit "sproul proof".    

  •  The Sproul story has hit NPR (none)
    All Things Considered is doing a piece on the voter-form shredding in Nevada this hour.
  •  Now hitting on MSNBC Softfodder... (none)

    A narcissist is someone better looking than you are. -Gore Vidal

    by damondidit on Wed Oct 13, 2004 at 06:49:17 PM PDT

    •  The idiot who blogged that link , unfortunately, (none)
      didn't read far enough in the Dailykos research, even though he linked here.

      Voter Outreach was CLAIMING to be the legitimate non-partisan organization www.americavotes.org.  He even linked to the legit company's site and then tags them with the repug stench.

      **
      ...but it seems as if one registration company Voter Outreach of America (aka America Votes) has been selectively registering Republicans at the expense of Democratic registrants.  According to workers hired by the company, supervisors selectively removed Democratic registration forms and ripped them up right in front of the canvassers rather than filing them with the appropriate authorities.

      Meanwhile, some great detective work over at the DailyKos website has tied this same company to registration drives in several key swing states such as West Virgina and Pennsylvania.  What's more worrisome is that America Votes is an operation of Sproul & Associates, a GOP consulting firm headed by one Nathan Sproul, a former Arizona GOP chairman and former head of Arizona's Christian Coalition.  And in advertising for canvassers on this site, the ad is paid for by the Republican National Committee.  Since both America Votes and Voter Outreach of America have both been representing themselves as non-partisan registration drive organizers, if these connections prove to be true, this very well could be construed as a felony in several of the above states and almost certainly constitutes fraud.  Stay tuned for more details on this developing story.
      *
      **

      Fuckin' check the facts. *NOT THE SAME COMPANY

      Sproul and Assoc misrepresented and lied when they claimed to be from America Votes. Ask your local librarian.

      I just wrote msnbc now to let them know. Hopefully, they'll correct it before the secondary goal of smearing a legitimate organization is further promoted.

      A ship in port is safe, but that's not what ships are for. Rear Admiral Grace Murray Hopper

      by boadicea on Wed Oct 13, 2004 at 08:10:25 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Good old Keith (none)
    Olberman, breaking the story, just as reported here, right now on MSNBC!
    •  Olbermann rocks (none)
      Just showed a map of all the states where Sproul is operating ... under story titled "Voter Victimization?"

      Interviewing Miami/Dade County voter ... Lida Rodriguez-Taseff, Former ACLU-Miami President

  •  He's following it up with the Acorn story (none)
    and other examples of other possible voter's registration fraud.

    Had a young African-American guy say that he gets paid $1 for a Republican registration, nothing for a dem.

  •  Voter Fraud video on.. ugh.. Fox News website (none)
    I was just digging around for more possible media play for the Nevada voter reg fraud story, which was posted to MSNBC's Hardblogger site and was reported on Countdown with Keith Olberman this evening...

    And I found it again. The bad news - it's on foxnews.com

    Right now I'm at the college library so I don't have audio and can't listen to the clip, but if anyone gets the chance could you check it out and report back?

    You can access the video by going to the Fox News frontpage, opening the side bar for "You Decide 2004" and hitting the link for "Ballot Irregularities".

  •  DNC Complaint to RNC (none)
    The DNC Chairman has complained to the RNC about Sproul.
    •  Yeah.. (none)
      And screwed the pouch in falsely repeating the misstatement that "Voters Outreach of America", and/or "Project America Votes" are also known as "America Voters" which is a legit organization.

      cheers,

      Mitch Gore

      No one will change America for you. You must work to make it happen.

      by Lestatdelc on Wed Oct 13, 2004 at 09:36:47 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Loved this line from Reuters - catch the end. (none)
    "We have a zero-tolerance policy. Anyone who engages in fraudulent voter registration activities should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law," said the spokeswoman, who spoke on condition she not be identified by name.
  •  Pretty low registration for Dems and Independents (none)
    In the AP article, Sproul tries to defend himself by saying that his group turned in over 500 Democrat and Independent Registrations to officials in the last month.  Yet in the MTV article, it states that there were as many as 300 workers for the group.  That works out to an average of less than 2 Dem/Ind registrations per worker for a month.  

    I wonder what the average was for Rep. registrations.

  •  The Note says they are looking into this story (none)
    I copied Bob's section and included a link to this diary. I LOVE that we have this available for this kind of head up for the national media.
  •  Cnn is doing an article about it now (none)
    They have a worker. He has copies of documents he says were discarded.

    When men build on false ground, the more they build, the greater the ruin.

    by Mosby on Thu Oct 14, 2004 at 12:36:10 PM PDT

  •  Sproul & Associates in Eugene Oregon (none)
    For information, see this at Oregonlive.com - article by Jeff Mapes

    "Voter registration, state vigilance rise:
    Officials, finding only isolated cases of possible fraud, say some aggressive efforts raise concern"

    Sunday, October 10, 2004

    (from Googling Sproul eugene oregon)

    •  why... (none)
      Does fruit of the poisonous tree come to mind when I think of this Sproul thing?  I believe it is more than mere coincidence that we had a Nader ballot issue here in Oregon, and now this.

      I'm ready to do what I can here, if anything.

  •  Clean Elections (none)
    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2004/4/20/221241/333

    This was in my hot lists a diary from April 2004 discussing the clean elections.

    This is why Rove didn't want to run against Dean in the first place. Dean/Obama 2008/12

    by Genf on Fri Oct 15, 2004 at 02:34:28 AM PDT

  •  Problems with that Arrow ballot (none)
    Because of the misprinted absentee ballot in Alma, MI, I did some projections of how a misprinted ballot in could be used to skew the whole county.  The same thing happened to 1,000 absentee ballots in NC.  I wonder if it's the same printer involved.

    I fear that when Oregon voters get their complete-the-arrow ballots, the columns will not line up.  

    Working toward a November 3rd headline that reads: YOU'RE FIRED!!

    by winstnsmth on Fri Oct 15, 2004 at 05:03:28 AM PDT

  •  Nathan Sproul Contact Info (none)
    Does this phone work?

    Sproul, Nathan
    1434 N Woodside Dr
    Chandler, AZ 85224-7846
    (480) 219-0394

  •  More voter disenfranch-Jeb releases FL felon list (none)
    My mom just called from FL -- terribly upset about and asking what Floridians can do.  You may develop a headache trying to unwind this saga, but the terrific reporters from the Sarasota Herald Tribune carefully explain in this morning's article.  W's bro is acting just as expected.  The article has history of this issue and side-bar timeline.  Maybe should be added to kos Voter Fraud clearinghouse under FLORIDA.
    Several days before the state's felon voter list was sent to county elections offices across Florida, state officials expressed doubts about its reliability.

    The doubts were serious enough that Gov. Jeb Bush was advised to "pull the plug" on the entire project, according to an e-mail written by a state computer expert and obtained by the Herald-Tribune.

    Bush refused the request, the e-mail said, and told the Department of State to proceed with the purge of nearly 48,000 voters. . .

    . . . state election officials "weren't comfortable with the felon matching program they've got."

    "The Gov rejected their suggestion to pull the plug, so they're 'going live' with it this weekend," Long wrote.


  •  Update on dollar amounts (none)
    I know that this is a few months after the original diary posted, but I wanted to see if any progress had been made on the investigations.

    Nothing yet, but OpenSecrets now has the data from the December 10th filings.  Sproul and Associates actually received $2.67 Million for voter registration and $3.63 Million for consulting.

    I have a detailed entry in my blog here.

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