republican national committee
mode after a firm they hired to register voters in
and four other
was hit with allegations of fraud. republicans abruptly had to cut ties with strategic allied consulting after it was linked to more than 100 questionable forms submitted in of all places,
palm beach county
some of the information on the
forms were trying to register people with addresses in new york. some of the address changes that were being requested on the forms were actually being transferred from a home address to commercial buildings. in one instance, the couple was being reregistered to an address in miami that's a shell
can't make it up.
, we planned on being joined by chairman of the
who had to cancel this morning. mike, walk me through this story and what happened.
it is causing headaches at the rnc this morning. the rnc goes out and hires this firm, newly created firm, strategic allied consulting, run by a somewhat questionable operative, nathan spew. they're asked to register republicans in five
. they hire thousands of workers, over 2,000 in
, paying them about $12 an hour to go out, go
door to door
, get registration forms from republican voters. what happens is a couple weeks ago one of the workers drops off at a
palm beach county
satellite office 308 new registration forms. they go through, the workers go through it, find repeated problems in about 108 of them, including similar signatures, apparently phony signatures, and phony addresses as we just heard, some linked to a shell
dealership and a medical building in boca. they then call in susan bucher calls in the republican director and he agrees there's a problem, they take it to the
state attorney's office which launches an investigation. the
freaks out about this. they immediately fire the firm. meanwhile, there are reports of these irregularities growing throughout the state. as of last night, six counties reporting irregularities in
firms in forms from the firm, including according to paul locks, republican supervisor registering of
. the rnc obviously they made an issue of
. they fired the firm nationally. already paid it $3 million. i talked yesterday to shawn spicer, the
of the rnc. here is what he said.
it is totally different. we at this point have an allegation, that mere allegation caused us to act swiftly, boldly, sever ties with the firm, we have
when it comes to this. the other side clearly engaged a long time in inappropriate behavior. we don't believe it is appropriate and wanted to make swift and bold action to illustrate that.
mike, you can't help but sit there,
has been pushing this line, acorn, all of this, and the only evidence this year comes from their side.
exactly. i should say i spoke last night to nathan spruell, he says he is the victim. he says he has strict
measures. he goes out, he is furious at the
for suggesting his firm was involved in
. you could see lawsuits here which would make it even messier.
, national correspondent. nice work. thanks for that report.