REPUBLICAN VOTER REGISTRATION FIRM TURNS IN THOUSANDS OF FAKE REGISTRATION CARDS
T The California Secretary of State‚Äôs 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 ‚Äúto boost GOP registration ranks in key battleground
communities‚ÄĚ has turned in more than 3,100 hundred invalid voter registration
cards during their recent drive.
This is one more crime in the GOP‚Äôs long and shameful history of voter
registrtion fraud and vote suppression, documented below
This dwarf‚Äôs 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‚Äôt exist, duplicate Social Security numbers, and
party affiliations that seem to have been changed ‚Äúby someone‚ÄĚ 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‚Äôs 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 ‚ÄĒ
no actual ACORN officials, who were were never hired by the Democratic Party,
and never led to a fraudulent vote ‚ÄĒturning 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
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‚Äôt 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‚Äôs 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 ‚Äúsome of her contractors had been ‚Äėsloppy‚Äô‚ÄĚ 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 ‚Äúpotentially fraudulent,‚ÄĚ 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 ‚Äúbounties‚ÄĚ 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
Two voters registered during the GOP drive said neither had any idea that they
had been registered as Republicans. ‚ÄúHe never asked me about my party
affiliation,‚ÄĚ 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.
‚ÄúI was shocked that I was a registered Republican,‚ÄĚ 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‚Äôs 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‚Äôs 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
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‚Äôs, posted video of him threatening one of his workers in Arizona, before
describing YPM‚Äôs 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‚Äôs 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‚Äôs your date of birth, which state/country
were you born in, what‚Äôs 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 ‚Äėrepublican‚Äô because it ensures future
funding for their petition, or they don‚Äôt 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 ‚Äď 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‚Äôt 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 ‚Äútricking
Democrats into registering as Republicans, surreptitiously re-registering
Democrats and Independents as Republicans, and shredding Democratic
registration forms‚ÄĚ 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‚Äôs 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 ‚Äúregistering
voters.‚ÄĚ 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
That Sproul would come under the employment umbrella of the McCain
campaign ‚ÄĒthe Republican National Committee has also separately paid Lincoln
Strategy at least $37,000 for voter registration efforts this cycle ‚ÄĒis not terribly
surprising. Sproul, who has donated nearly $30,000 to McCain‚Äôs 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, ‚ÄúAbout
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,‚ÄĚ
the paper reported.
‚ÄėMistake‚Äô 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 ‚Äúgreatest
frauds in voter history,‚ÄĚ 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 ‚ÄúMcCain-Palin Honest and Open Election Committee‚ÄĚ 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.
‚ÄúDo we have a documented instance of voting fraud that resulted from a phony
registration form? No, I can‚Äôt cite one,‚ÄĚ said the former election official turned
member of McCain‚Äôs committee.
It‚Äôs a time-tested Republican scam. Claim Democrats are committing voter fraud,
even while you‚Äôre 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‚Äôt 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 ‚Äúmistake‚ÄĚ on
CNN. Gingrich‚Äôs 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‚ÄôKeefe videos which
http://www.fairnessradio.com/2012/05/05/repbulican-voter-registration-firm-turns-in-thousands-of-fake-registration-cards-a-long-history-of-republican-registration-fraud/ Gingrich had lauded.