I think this story might turn out to be one of the most interesting and important of this year's election season.
This year the Republican Party paid Strategic Allied Services to manage get-out-the-vote efforts in several states. However, as The Hill reported yesterday,
The Republican National Committee (RNC) cut all ties with the firm late last month after Florida investigators launched a probe into hundreds of suspicious registration forms submitted by the company's workers.
Last week, the firm's trouble worsened when law enforcement in Rockingham County, Va., charged Colin Small with 13 counts of election fraud for allegedly tossing registration forms in a dumpster in Harrisonburg. Small worked for Pinpoint, a private contractor with ties to Strategic Allied Services.
In response, Representatives Jim Moran, Bobby Scott, and Jerry Connolly, all Virginia Democrats, wrote a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder, asking the Justice Department to investigate if the events "are connected and constitute a broader conspiracy of voter registration fraud."
According to The Hill, a Justice Department spokesman declined to comment on whether the Department has launched or plans to launch an investigation.
Now here's where the story gets real interesting.
Today, apparently in response to the letter by the three congressman, James O'Keefe posted a video on YouTube. In the video an undercover worker for O'Keefe's group, Project Veritas, visits the Arlington County (Virginia) Democratic Office. The worker, whose voice sounds like O'Keefe's, approaches Patrick Moran, who is Jim Moran's son and the field director for the Moran for Congress organization.
The Project Veritas worker asks Patrick Moran for help in voting fraudulently for 100 voters. Moran at times seems reluctant, but he ultimately aids the effort--specifically he gives some advice about how to execute the voter-fraud scheme. At no point does he express any outrage about the scheme.
As the Richmond Times reported approximately two hours ago, Patrick Moran has just resigned from his position in the Moran for Congress campaign.
Call it a hunch, but I suspect that O'Keefe has lots more videos showing voter fraud, and I suspect that his original plans were to release them later. I suspect that Jim Moran's letter caused him to release one of the videos earlier than he planned.