Colin Small, the man arrested yesterday for throwing filled out and completed voter registration forms into a recycling dumpster in Virginia, was previously employed by Nathan Sproul, the GOP operative who has been widely reported as having allegedly committed multiple instances of voter fraud across several states and during several key election years. Small, it has been reported, “graduated from Catholic University in Washington” and had “internships at the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute and the office of Representative Mike Kelly, a Pennsylvania Republican.”
Mitt Romney and the Republican Party (RNC) have paid Nathan Sproul and his firms, which have long histories of voter fraud allegations, more than $2 million recently for work in key battleground states — 30 states in total — and the GOP has paid Sproul millions more throughout the years.
Colin Small, who has now been charged with eight felonies and five misdemeanors, was previously employed by Nathan Sproul’s Strategic Allied Consulting. Small also, until fired when news broke of his arrest, was employed by Pinpoint, which “had previously been a subcontractor for Strategic Allied Consulting, which is run by a Republican operative, Nathan Sproul,” the New York Times minutes ago reported:
Mr. Small was employed by PinPoint, a company working for the Virginia Republican Party to run local registration drives, and reported to a party headquarters in Harrisonburg.
Mr. Small, of Phoenixville, Pa., had until recently worked for Strategic Allied Consulting, the Arizona company that was fired by the national Republican Party last month after allegations of voter registration improprieties in Colorado, Florida and Nevada. PinPoint, which also has offices in Arizona, had previously been a subcontractor for Strategic Allied Consulting, which is run by a Republican operative, Nathan Sproul.
Mr. Sproul had been under contract with the Republican Party to run registration drives in five states, including Virginia. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement began investigating his operation after state elections officials noticed problems with registration forms including false addresses, registrations filed in the names of dead people and registrations on which party affiliations had been changed.
A spokesman for Strategic Allied Consulting, David Leibowitz, said the company had not been involved in voter registration efforts in Virginia since Sept. 27 and had had no contact with Mr. Small since then. Mr. Small did not respond to a telephone message seeking comment.
A résumé posted on LinkedIn, which identified Mr. Small as “grass-roots field director” for the Republican National Committee, said he recently graduated from Catholic University in Washington. He was listed as having internships at the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute and the office of Representative Mike Kelly, a Pennsylvania Republican.
The Republican Party of Virginia, which paid Strategic Allied Consulting $700,000 in August and September, issued a statement after Mr. Small was charged, saying “the actions taken by this individual are a direct contradiction of both his training and explicit instructions given to him.”
Earlier this week, Brad Friedman of The Brad Blog, one of the key journalists who has been investigating and reporting on Nathan Sproul, reported “Rove’s American Crossroads Shares Address, Legal Firm with Sproul’s Strategic Allied Consulting,” and added that the Koch Brothers share the same address.
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