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Republicans aren't even trying to be subtle any more in their goal to steal this election. That comes from the very top, from Mitt Romney. He's hired a notorious consultant with a long history of election manipulation. Nathan Sproul has been working with the Romney campaign since late last year, and has received over $70,000 from the Romney’s campaign for  "field consulting."

Here are some of the highlights of Sproul's work in the 2004 Bush-Cheney campaign and in the 2006 midterms:

- In Oregon and Nevada, Lincoln Strategies—then known as Sproul and Associates—was investigated for destroying Democratic voter registration forms. The Bush-Cheney 2004 presidential campaign paid Sproul $7.4 million for campaign work. [CNN, 10/14/04; KGW News, 10/13/04; East Valley Tribune, 09/07/06]

- In Nevada, people who registered as Democrats with Lincoln Strategies—then known as Sproul and Associates—found their names absent from the voter registration rolls. [Reno Gazette-Journal, 10/29/04]

- During the 2006 midterm elections, Wal-Mart banned Lincoln Strategies for partisan voter registration efforts in Tennessee. The Republican National Committee had hired the firm. [Associated Press, 08/24/06]

- In Arizona, Lincoln Strategies employed a variety of deceptive tactics—including systematically lying about the bill—to push a ballot initiative to eviscerate the state’s clean elections law. [Salon, 10/21/04]

- Lincoln Strategies, then employed by the Republican Party, was behind efforts to place Ralph Nader on the ballot in states such as Arizona. [American Prospect, 06/25/04]

It doesn't take a lot of imagination to figure out what kind of "field consulting" Sproul is doing for Romney. While Republicans will rail against non-existent voter "fraud," this is the kind of electoral malfesance that really happens. And it's Republicans who do it.

Originally posted to Joan McCarter on Wed Jun 06, 2012 at 12:07 PM PDT.

Also republished by Daily Kos Oregon and Daily Kos.

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