We’ve learned the girl filmed in a viral YouTube video while registering voters at a local grocery store was employed by a company just dumped by the Republican National Committee over allegations of voter fraud. The video got a half-million views in just a few days, becoming an overnight Internet sensation with national attention. The girl gathering voter registrations claimed she was working for the El Paso County Clerk & Recorder’s Office, and said at one point she preferred to register only Mitt Romney supporters. After speaking with local party heads and campaign officials, it was determined the girl was not working for the county clerk, but for a consulting firm hired by the state GOP. Eli Bremer, chairman of the El Paso County Republicans, explained to News 5 that it was the girl’s first day on the job, and said she misspoke when asked who was “paying her”. Wayne Williams, the El Paso County Clerk & Recorder, also confirmed that what she was doing– prescreening voters with preference questions before offering a voter registration form– was not illegal.
The girl worked for Strategic Allied Consulting, a firm hired by the Republican National Committee to gather voter registrations in five battleground states including Colorado. The group was just fired by the RNC after investigators in Florida determined the company’s employees had been turning in phony voter registration forms with ‘voter’ addresses actually belonging to car dealerships and medical buildings. Ryan Mahoney, a spokesperson for the Republican National Committee, said in a statement to News 5, “We have zero tolerance for any threat to the integrity of elections. We have therefore cut ties with Strategic Allied Consultants and urge state parties to do the same.”