Often, Republicans like to draw comparisons between ACORN and Nathan’s Sproul’s collection of shell companies that engage in systematic election fraud. Each time a new incident of Republican connections to election fraud come up, it’s inevitable that a Republican will point to ACORN. Okay, let’s assume for the sake of argument, that ACORN was all the things that we are seeing in Sproul’s companies. What course of action was taken? Oh, I remember! ACORN was investigated, defunded and went bankrupt. Doesn’t that suggest the same thing should happen to the Republicans ACORN?
That said, there are notable differences between ACORN and Sproul’s various shell companies.
First, ACORN did have some workers who violated the law. Unlike Sproul and his collection of shell companies, ACORN identified and flagged the suspect registration forms. Unlike Sproul’s companies, employees of ACORN were acting against instructions given by their employer. While Sproul made millions over several elections providing the Republican party with the service of registering Republicans and making registration forms for the Democrats disappear, ACORN did not operate on a for profit basis. Moreover, ACORN registered people for both parties.
Nevertheless, Republicans were on the warpath, with both ACORN and the Democratic Party.
The Republican reaction to ACORN and Sproul’s companies tells us volumes about their attitude to the integrity of the election process.
While every Republican in the country wanted to investigate and destroy ACORN, the systematic election fraud they bought and paid for is another story.
House Republicans on the Oversight Committee show little interest in investigating Sproul for wide spread incidents of election fraud associated with his companies.
Moreover, when a Sproul employee is caught red handed dumping registration forms for Democrats, the Attorney-General of Virginia doesn’t a reason to investigate.
As CBS reports,
the Attorney-General only investigates election issues if there is a request from the State Board of elections.
According to the same report,
“There’s no way to tell by party when people fill out these forms, what party they’re affiliated with, so I don’t think there’s any political motivation,” Virginia Registrar Brandi Lilly said Friday.
Here is the video of CBS’s report.
No political motivation? Colin Small was seen throwing away registration forms. The state police saw a basis to charge with Colin Small several counts of election fraud. Colin Small was employed by Pinpoint, a sub-contractor of Strategic Alliance Consulting, which by coincidence was his previous employer.
Both of these companies have ties to Nathan Sproul a REPUBLICAN strategist, whose companies were hired by State REPUBLICANS, the RNC and Mitt Romney, the REPUBLICAN candidate for the presidency.
With all the ties to the REPUBLICAN party, how can anyone conclude without investigating that there is no political motive?
It isn’t as if this is the first incident of someone tied to a REPUBLICAN friendly company was caught throwing registration forms this election season. This isn’t even the first incident of registration forms being dumped in Virginia.
According to Not Larry Sabato there is a third incident of registration forms … disappearing in Virginia.
“Lucy is a student at James Madison University, and she comes from the Northern Virginia area where she was registered to vote. About 2-3 weeks ago, Lucy saw a voter registration table on campus when she was walking in between classes. She stopped to fill out a voter registration form to change her voting address from her parents house in Fairfax to her dorm address in Harrisonburg so she could vote in person on election day.
On Wednesday night Lucy went online to check her voter registration status and found out she had not been registered in Harrisonburg- meaning whoever was collecting her form on campus had not turned it in.”
One would think that State Officials who claim an interest in maintaining the integrity of the political system would recognize when there’s a repeated pattern of behavior that consistently benefits one political party, it more than passes the sniff test for an act that is politically motivated.
If it wasn’t politically motivated, what reasons could there be? Is anyone buying that people like Colin Small lack the ability to understand they are supposed to submit all registration forms to the same office they manage to find when the Registrants are Republicans?
Does anyone believe that Democratic Party Registrant application forms were too heavy? Or maybe, Sproul’s employees consistently confuse dumpsters with the Local Voter Registration Office?
Perhaps the more likely explanation is that this is politically motivated, but since it benefits the Republican Party, Republican State officials are willing to overlook a little systemic election fraud.
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