RNC cuts ties to get-out-the-vote firm after investigation revealed

Well now. Here's a twist.

So-called voter fraud, particularly that of the voter ID variety, has been an issue pushed by various GOP politicians and activist groups over the past{ } year despite evidence no such widespread fraud that presumably favors Democrats exists.

Now, there at least is a smoking gun -- but it has left the Republican National Committee red-faced and forced to literally cut and run.

Here's the skinny, per the Los Angeles Times:

WASHINGTON — The Republican National Committee has abruptly dropped ties to a firm running a major get-out-the-vote effort in seven swing states after Florida prosecutors started an investigation into possible fraud in voter registration forms.

Working through state parties, the RNC has sent more than $3.1 million this year to Strategic Allied Consulting, a company formed in June by Nathan Sproul, an Arizona political consultant. Sproul has operated other firms that have been accused in the past of improprieties designed to help Republican candidates, including dumping registration forms filled out by Democrats. None of those allegations have led to criminal charges.

Strategic Allied Consulting was hired to do voter registration drives in Florida, Virginia, Colorado, North Carolina and Nevada, and had been planning get-out-the-vote drives in Ohio and Wisconsin, according to Sproul. Lincoln Strategy Group, another Sproul company, was paid about $70,000 by Mitt Romney's campaign during the primaries to gather signatures.{ }

In Florida's Palm Beach County, election officials turned over 106 forms to prosecutors after discovering forgeries and other problems. Officials in other counties are now reviewing voter registration forms turned in by the state GOP.{ }
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