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Posted by on Sep. 5, 2012 at 6:41 PM
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T The California Secretary of State’s Election Fraud Division is now reportedly

investigating a GOP firm hired by the Sacramento County Republican Party

charged with submitting thousands of fraudulent voter registration forms.

According to a report today from Sacramento ABC affiliate News10, a private, for-

profit firm calling itself Momentum Political Services, hired by the local

Republican Party “to boost GOP registration ranks in key battleground

communities” has turned in more than 3,100 hundred invalid voter registration

cards during their recent drive.

This is one more crime in the GOP’s long and shameful history of voter

registrtion fraud and vote suppression, documented below

This dwarf’s the untrue charges made against ACORN by Republicans in their

smear campaign. It turns out that it is Republicans who are defrauding voters on

a mass scale, pat of their ongoing Republican War on Democracy

The California GOP voter registration firm turned in forms allegedly with fake

addresses, voter names that don’t exist, duplicate Social Security numbers, and

party affiliations that seem to have been changed “by someone” to

Republican. The head of the firm has admitted she has hired workers with

criminal backgrounds, as found via Craigslist. This makes any mistakes in voter

registration charged to ACORN look small by comparison as this is registration

fraud for the GOP on a mass scale in California.

The charges of serial voter registration fraud seem similar to those leveled in

2008 against another outfit hired by the California State GOP to register

Republican voters before that year’s Presidential election. In that case, the head

of the firm was arrested, and eventually pleaded guilty to voter registration

charges himself. In 2006, another firm hired by the CA Republican Party turned

in thousands of registration forms with fake names and an error rate as high as

60 percent. And in 2004, a firm hired by the GOP was investigated in several

states for shredding Democratic voter registrations and tossing them into

dumpsters. The same folks were later hired by the McCain/Palin campaign in

2008 to run voter registration drives before the Presidential election.

This contrsts with Repbnulican smears of ACORN aboaut a few CORN workers —

no actual ACORN officials, who were were never hired by the Democratic Party,

and never led to a fraudulent vote —turning in fraudulent registration forms in

past years. Nobody who ever worked for the non-profit ACORN has ever been

accused of what these Republican firms continue to do on behalf of the

Republican officials who hire them, paying them per Republican registration, year

after year.

Thousands of Fraudulent Applications

State and federal campaign records show Momentum was paid some $49,000 by

the Sacramento County Republican Party to boost GOP registration ranks in key

battleground communities. Sacramento County elections officials estimate that

the firm submitted 3,100 fruadulent registration forms.C ards were submitted

with street numbers or names that can’t be found and with names of fake voters

and with names that all had the same last four Social Security digits. And in

some instances, the voter’s party affiliation appears to have been changed,

by someone, to Republican, a felony.

The owner of Momentum Political Services, Monica Harris has admitted to News

10 that “some of her contractors had been ‘sloppy’” and that she has now fired

16 of them. Moreover, Harris says that she finds workers via advertisements on

Craigslist and that some of them have criminal records. ACORN has been

criticized, over the years, for doing the same thing, even though part of their

mission had been to help those with difficult pasts get back on their feet and

become productive members of society.

The non-partisan ACORN was apparently much more careful that n the CA GOP

in that ACORN developed a system to spot suspicious cards and flag the ones

they could not be confirmed as “potentially fraudulent,” before turning them in

(as required by law), along with the names of workers who had

defraudedthem to election officials and law enforcement agencies. None of

these facts mattered to John McCain, Fox News, Red state and other conservative

candidates and blogs who just lied about ACORN while keeping mum about GOP

fraud and “bounties” illegally paid for for Republican-only registrations.

Momentum Political Services appears to have actually signed voters up as

Republicans whether they wished to be affiliated with the party or not, according

to News10:

Two voters registered during the GOP drive said neither had any idea that they

had been registered as Republicans. “He never asked me about my party

affiliation,” said Folsom resident Malinda Cruse, who said the man that

registered her filled out the entire form on her behalf, offering to mail it in after

letting her sign it.

“I was shocked that I was a registered Republican,” said Cruse, who said she

would have registered as a Democrat if given the chance.

Fraud by voter registration firms hired by the Republican Party in California

seems to be a serial problem, occurring in very similar patterns election year

after election year. In 2008, according to a press release from the CA Secretary of

State’s office, the head of an outfit calling itself Young Political Majors (YPM), a

firm which had been hired to register voters by the state GOP was arrested for


Jacoby’s arrest by state investigators and the Ontario Police Department comes

after dozens of voters said they were duped into registering as Republicans by

his firm, Young Political Majors, or YPM. The voters said YPM tricked them by

saying they were signing a petition to toughen penalties against child molesters.

The firm was paid $7 to $12 for every Californian it registered as a member of

the GOP.

Jacoby, who had previously gotten into similar hot water in both Florida and

Arizona in 2004, was nonetheless hired again by the CA GOP in 2008 before he

would eventually be forced to plead guilty to voter registration fraud in 2009.

At the time of his arrest, a man claiming to be a former friend and colleague of

Jacoby’s, posted video of him threatening one of his workers in Arizona, before

describing YPM’s scheme for hoaxing citizens into registering as Republican


[Jacoby's] strategy for getting republican registrations is genius, although i can

see how it might be illegal. here’s what his guys do:

* they make a fake petition, usually something involving tougher laws on sex


* they use these petitions to stop people, setting up in front of big box stores, on

college campuses, etc

* once they have a person signing their petition, they start asking them questions

on the voter registration form (what’s your date of birth, which state/country

were you born in, what’s your drivers license/state ID number, etc).

* by the time they get done with these basic questions the person is usually

done signing the petition. they then hand the voter registration form to the

person, telling them to fill out their name and address and signature at the


* last step, they either ask them to mark ‘republican’ because it ensures future

funding for their petition, or they don’t tell the person anything and mark in

republican themselves once the signer leaves.

using this strategy you can easily get over 100 republican registrations in a day.

pay ranges from $5 – 10 per registration, so the people doing it definitely have

the incentive to get as many registrations as possible.

The YPM scheme sounds very similar to the scheme that has been alleged

against Momentum Political Services. But wasn’t even a new scheme when YPM

did it in 2008. A Republican firm named Sproul & Associaties, headed up by a

long-time GOP donor named Nathan Sproul was charged with “tricking

Democrats into registering as Republicans, surreptitiously re-registering

Democrats and Independents as Republicans, and shredding Democratic

registration forms” back in 2004. The firm was paid more than $8 million dollars

for the effort by the RNC and the Bush/Cheney 2004 campaign, who

subsequently attempted to hide those expenditures from the public.

In 2008, Sproul was, nonetheless, hired once again by the McCain campaign to

register voters in California, according to Sam Stein at Huffington Post, who

reported at the time:

John McCain’s campaign has directed $175,000 to the firm of a Republican

operative accused of massive voter registration fraud in several states.

According to campaign finance records, a joint committee of the McCain-Palin

campaign, the RNC and the the California Republican Party, made a $175,000

payment to the group Lincoln Strategy in June for purposes of “registering

voters.” The managing partner of that firmis Nathan Sproul, a renowned GOP

operative who has been investigated on multiple occasions for suppressing

Democratic voter turnout, throwing away registration forms and

even spearheading efforts to get Ralph Nader on ballots to hinder the

Democratic ticket.

That Sproul would come under the employment umbrella of the McCain

campaign —the Republican National Committee has also separately paid Lincoln

Strategy at least $37,000 for voter registration efforts this cycle —is not terribly

surprising. Sproul, who has donated nearly $30,000 to McCain’s campaign, has

been in the good graces of GOP officials for the past decade despite charges of

ethical and potentially legal wrongdoing.

As well, in 2006, GOP voter registration firms in California were reported by

the LA Times to have turned in thousands of invalid registration forms, as well as

signatures on petitions, in San Bernardino County. In once instance, “About

4,800 of more than 5,600 signatures submitted [by John Burkett Petition

Management] were found to be invalid and were tossed out by election officials,”

the paper reported.

‘Mistake’ or GOP Election Strategy?

All-in-all, the rates of invalid and/or fraudulent registration forms and signatures

by these firms, often as high as 60%, have proven far in excess of the “greatest

frauds in voter history,” as the disingenuous McCain had described ACORN. For

the record, after being pressed on that fraudulent claim in the days just prior to

the Presidential Election in 2008, a member of what McCain had laughably called

his “McCain-Palin Honest and Open Election Committee” was forced to

concede that he was unable to cite a single instance in which a fraudulent

ACORN registration had led to an illegal vote.

“Do we have a documented instance of voting fraud that resulted from a phony

registration form? No, I can’t cite one,” said the former election official turned

member of McCain’s committee.

It’s a time-tested Republican scam. Claim Democrats are committing voter fraud,

even while you’re doing it yourself, use the false claims to deny Democrats their

right to vote (via disenfranchising polling place Photo ID laws or voter caging)

and then, if someone in the media actually bothers to press you on it, admit you

can’t cite any actual examples of any of it.

Candidate Gingrich submitted thousands of admittedly fraudulent signatures to

the state of Virginia in his unsuccessful attempt to qualify for the GOP

Presidential Primary in his home state last March. When asked about it, he

referred to those 1,500 fraudulent signatures as little more than a “mistake” on

CNN. Gingrich’s rate of fraud was far higher, once again, than anything ACORN

was ever accused of, even though they were forced to shut their doors after the

phony Breitbart/O’Keefe videos which Gingrich had lauded.
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by Gold Member on Sep. 5, 2012 at 7:53 PM

 But, but...I thought they were so concerned about voter fraud...

by on Sep. 5, 2012 at 7:56 PM
2000 & 2004 were prime examples
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by on Sep. 5, 2012 at 8:24 PM

 What's good for the goose...?

This is shameful and needs to stop.  A simple voter ID law would stop such practices.

by New Member on Sep. 5, 2012 at 10:08 PM

This is funny.  Here on the local news they actually have democratic voter registration companies doing it.  I mean come one, everyone show their ID to vote and that's all we need.  Who cares if there's a bunch of fake cards out there, so long as you have to show ID!

by Gold Member on Sep. 5, 2012 at 10:13 PM
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 Did ACORN get this much attention when they were involved in voter fraud?

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