NewsNation | September 28, 2012
>>> the no. gop is the latest to fire a firm under investigation for voter fraud in florida . the company known as strategic allied consulting has been repping republican efforts to get out the vote. the republican national committee paid the company nearly $3 million this year. a revelation that has the gop throwing punches.
>> it's totally different. we at this point have an allegation. that mere allegation has caused us to act swiftly and boldly and sever our ties with this firm because we have a zero tolerance when it comes to this. the on other side clearly engaged in a long time for inappropriate behavior. we don't believe it's appropriate and we wanted to make a swift and bold action to illustrate that.
>> let me go ahead and bring in nbc's national investigative correspondent michael isakoff. is this the first time this particular consultant has been accused of voter fraud ?
>> nathan sproul is a former executive director of the arizona republican party . he's been aaccused of election misconduct by democrats in the past, voter suppression , throwing out voter registration forms. none of them have led to criminal charges or any civil findings against him, but it has made him a somewhat controversial figure. so one of the things mr. sproul said and when the republican national committee hired him to do this, they wanted him to set a new firm up under a name that wasn't traceable to him so it would not be a problem or create problems and create new controversy over him. well, that turned out not to be the case, obviously. strategic allied consulting does link back to nathan sproul and employees of his firm linked to allegations of registration fraud in florida .
>> some of the information on the florida voter registration forms were trying to register people with addresses in new york, in one instance a couple was being reregistered to an address in miami that is a shell gas station .
>> right. what we have is we also have reports of reports of now in eight counties in florida under investigation. employees of this firm suspected of submitting suspicious, potentially fraudulent registration forms. i talked to nathan sproul last night. he's adamant in denying any wrongdoing by him. he said if anything he was the victim here by employees of his firm who he hired to go out and collect these forms. i think people will ask questions about what kind of oversight there was of the employees, and frankly, the similarities to the a.c.o.r.n. charges, which was pushed by republicans against a democratic-leaning firm.
>> michael, always digging deep for us. thank you, sir. do appreciate your time. have a great weekend.
>> thank you.