The political consultant fired by the Republican National Committee amid fraud allegations in Florida is now hiring workers for a voter canvassing operation this fall in as many as 30 states, his spokesman said. Nathan Sproul, whose career as a GOP get-out-the-vote consultant has been dogged by reports of fraudulent registrations, has been advertising for $15-an-hour workers for “conservative voter identification” in Virginia, Wisconsin and Iowa. ‘No experience is necessary!” says the ad, first reported by the liberal blog BlueNC. “All you need to qualify is a positive attitude and a strong work ethic to get the job done.” The ad says applicants must pass a criminal background check. Sproul was hired this year by the RNC to register and canvass voters in eight swing states, under the name of Strategic Allied Consulting. Sproul told the Los Angeles Times that he set up that firm because RNC officials, fearful of bad publicity, wanted to conceal his role in the operation. Sean Spicer, an RNC spokesman, said that never happened. He said the party believed that Sproul had strong systems in place to prevent such problems, but dumped him after the allegations surfaced because it has “zero tolerance” for fraud.
On Friday, Rep. Elijah Cummings, the ranking Democrat on the House Oversight Committee, announced that Sproul has refused to cooperate with his request for information. As a member of the minority party, Cummings can’t compel Sproul to cooperate. “This obstruction is particularly disturbing in light of Sproul’s own statements that he worked with the RNC to conceal his shady record,” Cummings said. “This is not a ‘zero tolerance’ policy, this is an orchestrated campaign to hide the truth.” In a letter to Cummings, attorney Frederick R. Petti said Sproul “appreciates your offer,” but thinks it’s a better idea to “stay outside the realm of politics, especially given the closeness of election day.” He said Sproul is continuing to cooperate with Florida officials in their fraud investigation.