Reading First and Nathan Sproul

Reading First is a federal boondoggle that Bush & Co. established,
under the No Child Left Behind Act, to line the pockets of Bush’s
cronies. Although the piece below doesn’t mention it, the biggest
beneficiary of Reading First is a company called Voyager Learning,
which contributed big-time to Gov. George W. Bush’s re-election in 1998.
Voyager was co-owned and -directed by Bush “Pioneer” Randy Best of
Dallas, who joined the board of ProQuest when the latter purchased
Voyager in 2004.
Voyager has also been linked to Nathan Sproul, one of the biggest dirty
tricksters hired by the Bush Republicans in the 2004 election. Having run
the Arizona chapter of the Christian Coalition, which he then quit to
run (and Christianize) the Arizona GOP, Sproul wet his beak at Voyager
as a “regional president,” before going back to politics in 2004. Before
he went to work for Bush’s “re-election” (running bogus voter registration
drives in at least half a dozen states), Sproul led No Taxpayer Money
for Politicians (NTMP), an abortive rightist drive to scuttle Arizona’s
Clean Elections Law. (The measure, heavily backed by “a who’s who
of industry,” as the Arizona Republic put it, would have eliminated
public funding for elections.
(For a recent post on Sproul see this.
I also recommend the post by “I am Spartacus” on Daily Kos.
Also, see my book Fooled Again, pp. 157-69, for a complete
rundown on Sproul’s 2004 activities and some more on Voyager.)
MCM
No Child Left Behind Scandal Widens
By Joseph Rhee
May 10, 2007, ABC News

A scathing report issued today documents ‘substantial
financial ties’ between key advisors of Reading First, a
controversial federal reading grant program, and publishers
who benefited from the program.

The report, issued by Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., chairman
of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee,
called the findings ‘troublesome because they diminish the
integrity of the Reading First program.’

Reading First is a multi-billion-dollar program meant to boost
literacy among low-income children that was adopted as part of
No Child Left Behind in 2001.

Read more.

COMMENT SPOTLIGHT

At 12:47 PM, Kevin said…

Ah yes, rehashing disproven allegations in order to demonize a man that sought nothing more than to further the laudable goals of the Republican Party. Feel free to reject those goals but at least use facts when stating your case. The single example that the Democrats brought forward to show fraud in the 2004 election was unable to offer any evidence, anecdotal or otherwise, that Sproul’s VR teams destroyed Democrat VR forms.

Meanwhile, actual convictions came down from that very election cycle against Democrats that slashed the tires of get-out-the-vote vans on Election Day. Instead of Republicans having stolen the 2004 election, Democrats proved that when your candidate is as crappy as Kerry was/is, you’re gonna need to do a lot more than steal votes in order to win.

At 2:32 PM, MCM said…

Hmmm. “The single example that the Democrats brought forward … was unable to offer any evidence,” eh?

Well, that may be true, whatever it means. The fact is that there’s abundant evidence, on the public record, that Sproul’s people tossed out Democratic registrations. They also stealthily registered non-Republicans as members of the GOP (as it was always useful to inflate the party’s membership), and otherwise conducted their fake “voter registration” drives” under false pretenses.

It’s true that a few Democrats were prosecuted nationwide for “voter fraud,” and there was indeed a case of vandalism in Milwaukee. So what? First of all, that they were prosecuted—as guilty parties ought to be—means that they didn’t get away with it. And in no case was there any link at all between the crimes in question and the Democratic Party.
Those who committed “voter fraud” were motivated by the need for money; and that kid in Milwaukee was the angry son of a local Democratic candidate.

On the other hand, most of the Bush Republicans who worked to disenfranchise the majority did not pay any price, because the system, by and large, is in their hands. (The US Attorney scandal makes that pretty clear.) And those cases that WERE prosecuted made it crystal-clear that the fraud was ordered and/or managed by—and benefited— the Republicans. The GOP ran the phone-jamming operation in New Hampshire in 2002, and directed the obstructive moves by those convicted recently in Cuyahoga County, Ohio. And federal records show that Sproul was paid millions by the RNC for his prodigious efforts in 2004.

Those few cases are the least of it. The Bush Republicans resort to systematic fraud because they cannot win elections fairly. This is not just because their candidates are “crappy” but, primarily, because they’re pushing an agenda that no sane American would tolerate.

And when they’re called on what they’re doing, they simply lie about it, claiming that the facts are all “disproven allegations.” Also, they accuse their victims of the very crimes that they themselves have perpetrated.

In other words, “Kevin,” they do exactly as you did right here.

0 thoughts on “Reading First and Nathan Sproul”

  1. Ah yes, rehashing disproven allegations in order to demonize a man that sought nothing more than to further the laudable goals of the Republican Party. Feel free to reject those goals but at least use facts when stating your case. The single example that the Democrats brought forward to show fraud in the 2004 election was unable to offer any evidence, anecdotal or otherwise, that Sproul’s VR teams destroyed Democrat VR forms.

    Meanwhile, actual convictions came down from that very election cycle against Democrats that slashed the tires of get-out-the-vote vans on Election Day. Instead of Republicans having stolen the 2004 election, Democrats proved that when your candidate is as crappy as Kerry was/is, you’re gonna need to do a lot more than steal votes in order to win.

  2. Hmmm. “The single example that the Democrats brought forward … was unable to offer any evidence,” eh?

    Well, that may be true, whatever it means. The fact is that there’s abundant evidence, on the public record, that Sproul’s people tossed out Democratic registrations. They also stealthily registered non-Republicans as members of the GOP (as it was always useful to inflate the party’s membership), and otherwise conducted their fake “voter registration” drives” under false pretenses.

    It’s true that a few Democrats were prosecuted nationwide for “voter fraud,” and there was indeed a case of vandalism in Milwaukee. So what? First of all, that they were prosecuted—as guilty parties ought to be—means that they didn’t get away with it. And in no case was there any link at all between the crimes in question and the Democratic Party.
    Those who committed “voter fraud” were motivated by the need for money; and that kid in Milwaukee was the angry son of a local Democratic candidate.

    On the other hand, most of the Bush Republicans who worked to disenfranchise the majority did not pay any price, because the system, by and large, is in their hands. (The US Attorney scandal makes that pretty clear.) And those cases that WERE prosecuted made it crystal-clear that the fraud was ordered and/or managed by—and benefited— the Republicans. The GOP ran the phone-jamming operation in New Hampshire in 2002, and directed the obstructive moves by those convicted recently in Cuyahoga County, Ohio. And federal records show that Sproul was paid millions by the RNC for his prodigious efforts in 2004.

    Those few cases are the least of it. The Bush Republicans resort to systematic fraud because they cannot win elections fairly. This is not just because their candidates are “crappy” but, primarily, because they’re pushing an agenda that no sane American would tolerate.

    And when they’re called on what they’re doing, they simply lie about it, claiming that the facts are all “disproven allegations.” Also, they accuse their victims of the very crimes that they themselves have perpetrated.

    In other words, “Kevin,” they do exactly as you did right here.

  3. mcm: I am still unaware of any case where anyone brought evidence forward of voter disenfranchisement. And don’t insult me with the uneducated claim that long lines in big metropolitan areas is a sign of voter fraud. Democrats control those regions of the country and if there were not enough places to vote then it is the fault of those Dems in control of that. And what about absentee voting?

    I do recall some asshole telemarketers scam to tie up telephone lines. I never did understand why anyone would do such an ineffective and easily traceable thing like that.

    Maybe he was motivated by money or maybe he is the angry son of a local Republican candidate.

  4. What you don’t know fills many thousand pages; so, if you are seriously interested in knowing more (which I tend to doubt, although I could be wrong), start here:

    WEB EXCLUSIVE
    Electoral Fraud: A Reading List

    By Mark Crispin Miller | October 15, 2006 : The Washington Spectator

    http://www.impeachthem.com/node/94

    Books, Articles, Letters

    Conyers, John, et al. What Went Wrong in Ohio: The Conyers Report on the 2004 Presidential Election. Chicago: Academy Chicago Publishers, 2005.

    DeHaven-Smith, Lance. The Battle for Florida: An Annotated Compendium of Materials from the 2000 Presidential Election. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2005.

    DeHaven-Smith, Lance. Letter on the issue of election fraud. News from Underground.
    http://markcrispinmiller.blogspot.com/2006/01/prof-lance-dehaven-smith.html

    DeLozier, Abbe Waldman, and Vickie Karp, eds. Hacked! High Tech Election Theft in America—Eleven Experts Expose the Truth. Truth Enterprises Publishing, 2006.

    Fitrakis, Bob, and Harvey Wasserman. How the GOP Stole America’s 2004 Election and Is Rigging 2008. Harveywasserman.com, 2005.

    Fitrakis, Bob, Steve Rosenfeld and Harvey Wasserman. What Happened in Ohio: A Documentary Record of Theft and Fraud in the 2004 Election. New York: New Press, 2006.

    Freeman, Steve, and Joel Bleifuss. Was the 2004 Presidential Election Stolen?: Exit Polls, Election Fraud, and the Official Count. New York: Seven Stories Press, 2006.

    Kennedy, Robert F., Jr. “Was the 2004 Election Stolen?” Rolling Stone, June 15, 2006.
    http://www.rollingstone.com/news/story/10432334/was_the_2004_election_stolen

    Kennedy, Robert F., Jr. “Will the Next Election Be Hacked?” Rolling Stone, September 22, 2006.
    http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/story/11717105/robert_f_kennedy_jr_will_the_next_election_be_hacked

    Loo, Dennis. “No Paper Trail Left Behind: The Theft of the 2004 Presidential Election.” Project Censored. http://www.projectcensored.org/newsflash/voter_fraud.htm

    Loo, Dennis. “Never Elected, Not Once: The Immaculate Deception and the Road Ahead.” In Dennis Loo and Peter Phillips, eds., Impeach the President: The Case Against Bush and Cheney. New York: Seven Stories Press, 2006.

    Miller, Mark Crispin. Fooled Again: How the Right Stole the 2004 Election and Why They’ll Steal the Next One Too (Unless We Stop Them). New York: Basic Books, 2005.

    Miller, Mark Crispin. “Some Might Call It Treason: An Open Letter to Salon.”
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mark-crispin-miller/some-might-call-it-treaso_b_23187.html

    Palast, Greg. Armed Madhouse: China Floats, Bush Sinks, the Scheme to Steal ’08, No Child’s Behind Left, and Other Dispatches from the Front Lines of the Class War. New York: Penguin Books, 2006.

    Simon, Jonathan D., and Ron Baiman. “The 2004 Presidential Election: Who Won the Popular Vote? An Examination of the Comparative Validity of Exit Poll and Vote Count Data.” Institute of Public and Government Affairs.
    http://www.freepress.org/images/departments/PopularVotePaper181_1.pdf

    Websites

    BlackBoxVoting, at http://www.blackboxvoting.org

    BradBlog, at http://www.bradblog.com

    Election Defense Alliance, at http://www.electiondefensealliance.org

    Free Press, at http://www.freepress.org

    News from Underground, at http://www.markcrispinmiller.blogspot.com

    Verified Voting, at http://www.verifiedvoting.org

    Vote Trust USA, at http://www.votetrustusa.org

    Voter Action, at http://www.voteraction.org

    Films

    Hacking Democracy, premieres on HBO on November 2, 2006.
    http://www.hbo.com/docs/programs/hackingdemocracy/index.html

    Help America Vote on Paper, available on DVD
    http://www.eon3.net/pages/main.html

    Stealing America: Vote by Vote, available on DVD
    http://stealingamerica.org

    MCM

  5. Yawn. A continuing loop of people spouting the same disproven theories. Heck, the internet has lots of people who claim that Jews secretly rule the world, or that 9/11 was an inside job, or that 9/11 was a plot by the Jews. I could start a “story” that Barry Bonds was behind that tanker truck explosion in San Francisco because he was hiding his meds underneath that freeway ramp. And I would probably get lots of people saying, “Oh yeah, that makes perfect sense.”

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