The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

Election 2012

November 2, 2012

Voter-fraud probe in Virginia widens to include GOP-linked firm

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A spokesman for Sproul, David Leibowitz, said Sproul and his company are cooperating with election authorities in Florida and Virginia and “will continue to do everything within our power to uncover any unethical or illegal activity.”

After the Florida investigation became public, the Republican National Committee said it was severing ties with Strategic Allied Consulting. At that time, Strategic stopped overseeing registration workers in Virginia and Pinpoint, Strategic’s staffing contractor, began overseeing the work.

Investigators have gathered information showing that Small asserted that he worked for Strategic to voters, according to two people close to the probe.

Leibowitz emphasized that at the time of the arrest in Virginia, “Small had no connection to Sproul and the company was no longer working in the state.”

He said Sproul is accustomed to hearing complaints about his tactics. “As a political operative you get accused of all kinds of things by all sides. This kind of allegation has been investigated and he [Sproul] has been cleared time and time again.”

Companies created or led by Sproul have been paid more than $3 million by the Republican party during this election campaign. Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign paid Sproul’s firm $71,000 late last year for “field consulting.”

American Crossroads, the political organization that Republican operative Karl Rove helped found, paid Sproul’s firms $1.5 million in the week before the 2010 midterm elections for get-out-the-vote efforts and voter phone calls, according to a review of election records.

In total, companies led by Sproul have received $21 million from Republican campaign committees and affiliated interest groups for voter outreach work since 2004. Much of the 2012 payments came from the national party to pay for voter registration in the key states of Florida, Colorado, North Carolina and Virginia.

Small, 23, of Phoenixville, Pa., was arrested Oct. 18 and charged with eight felonies and five misdemeanors involving election fraud.

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