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Nathan Sproul is a noted Republican strategist and political consultant for numerous election campaigns. Sproul is the managing director of Lincoln Strategy Group, an international political consulting firm based in Arizona. He is a former executive director of the Arizona Republican Party and the Arizona Christian Coalition. Lincoln Strategy Group has a presence in over 45 states in the U.S. and is known for its grassroots outreach work in issue advocacy and ballot access.
Nathan and his wife Tiffani (née Smith) graduated from high school at Tri-City Christian Academy in Tempe, Arizona. They reside in Chandler, Arizona with their three triplets.
Nathan started his career as an intern for the Republican National Committee. In 1997, Nathan went to work for the Arizona Christian Coalition.
He served as the Executive Director of the Arizona Republican Party from 1999-2002.
Nathan started his own firm, Sproul & Associates in 2004. Also in 2004, he worked with the effort of removing the Arizona Clean Elections law formed in the spring by Representative Jeff Flake, an Arizona Republican. The ballot initiative would have essentially repealed Arizona's Clean Elections campaign finance system. Sproul, was hired by No Taxpayer Money for Politicians to conduct a signature drive to get the anti-Clean Elections bill on the ballot. The initiative had an 84% validity rating (one of the highest in the state). It failed its single subject challenge, with Attorney Lisa Hauser representing the inititiative.
Also during the 2004 election, it was alleged that Sproul's company had set up voter registration drives on their premises under the name "America Votes", a name already claimed by a large, progressive organization. In an interview, Mr. Sproul stated that his company sought to register Republicans- as they were hired by the Republican National Committee, but that all employees were legally instructed to register anyone who wished to vote, and that his company had submitted registrations from Democrats and Independents in every state that they had worked in. In Nevada, there was an incident by a fired employee Eric Russell who tried to submit a time card for work that he didn't do. Police were called (and filed a report) after Eric Russell showed up at the office, slashed his supervisors tires, and started tearing up papers in his grasp. Eric Russell still angry about his firing went to the media, and soon reports appeared that "employees had shredded Democratic registration forms and had been told to register only Republicans". Sproul in turn filed a defamation lawsuit against fired employee Eric Russell for the allegations, which Sproul claimed were untrue.
According to a 2005 Baltimore Chronicle article, the Republican Party had paid Nathan Sproul $8,359,161, and alleged this is far more than what had been reported to the FEC.
Sproul & Associates
In 2004, the voter registration firm Sproul & Associates defended itself from accusations that it was discarding the registration forms of Democrats after a past employee provided KLAS-TV with shredded forms and claimed this discarding was done as a matter of routine. Countering the allegation, Sproul & Associates proved that some Democratic voter registrations had been properly submitted.
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