Message to Republican Party from ACORN: "Pot, kettle..."
Remember the noise GOP fanatics made about allegations of voter fraud involving ACORN? Remember how the faux outrage machine churned up buckets of chum to throw at that organization, all because some people who were being paid to register voters made up fictitious names on some registration forms?
It's important to remember that little episode in hypocrisy when you consider the current state of affairs for Republican efforts to register voters in five key swing states in this election. The Republican National Committee insisted that each of those states use their recommended firm for voter registration drives, and they paid "Strategic Allied Consulting" upwards of $3 million dollars to handle the task. They paid SAC to handle the registrations, primarily because they just love the work ethic of the man who runs Strategic Allied Consulting, a guy named Nathan Sproul.
Don't remember Nathan? He's the same fellow who was suspected (and accused) of voter fraud allegations back in 2004 on behalf of Republican registration efforts in that election. His name and previous company was so well-known among authorities who monitor elections that the RNC encouraged him to change the name of his organization before it would give his firm the contract to register voters in key swing states.
Now complaints in five swing states have forced the Republican Party to completely abandon registration drives in the final days leading up to this election.
What were employees of Strategic Allied Consulting doing that raised eyebrows (not to mention potential lawsuits and criminal charges)? They were destroying the registration forms of anyone who checked "Democrat" on the paperwork.
In case there are some lurking trolls out there who don't see the harm in culling the crop, that's considered a fucking crime in every state in America.
So ACORN was gutted by a doctored piece of film footage put together by a right wing activist, basically because a few lazy employees of ACORN were listing "Mickey Mouse" and "Donald Duck" on voter registration forms. Note, please, that no one using Mickey Mouse or Donald Duck was ever going to show up to vote based upon those registrations. There was never any threat of actual voter fraud involved, just voter registration fraud. Big difference.
What Strategic Allied Consulting's workers were doing was destroying forms that had been properly filled out by potential voters... voters who thought they were properly registered to vote, but who would be turned away at the actual polls on election day this November.
Like I said, big difference.
Now the GOP has fired SAC and is doing its best to distance itself from the stench of yet another scandal involving Nathan Sproul.
Anyone else notice the irony here?
Voter suppression tactics have been employed in dozens of states across the country by Republican majority legislatures, and in each case they've pointed to the unfounded fears of voter fraud to justify their efforts to keep minorities, the poor, the elderly, and students away from the polls.
Actual studies of voter fraud have turned up little evidence of a problem.
But now the firm hired by Republicans to sign up voters in key swing states is accused of ACTUAL voter fraud, and lots of it.