School Lets Dems Register Students to Vote, But Not GOP
October 9, 2012
Florida Republicans are outraged after a school district allowed a pro-Obama organization to conduct student voter registration drives and deliver speeches to classes - but denied the Romney campaign similar opportunities.
Pasco County Schools confirmed to Fox News that volunteers from Organizing For America were given access to as many as a half dozen high school and middle school campuses.
"They did register students to vote," spokesman John Mann told Fox News. "We don't know how many children were registered - (but) we have an ongoing investigation."
According to email correspondence obtained by Fox News, volunteers tried to infiltrate at least three other school campuses - but on-campus officials rebuffed those efforts.
In addition to voter registration, a former teacher was allowed to deliver Obama speeches to a number of senior high school students.
"She got into six classrooms and gave pro-Obama speeches - like way off to the left," said James Mathieu, general counsel for the Pasco County Republican Party. "That got out to parents and parents complained."
Matthieu told Fox News he has filed a complained with the Florida Division of Elections and also contacted the Florida Attorney General's office.
"We have a liberal culture in our school system and we know that," he told Fox News. "The problem is someone has used false credentials, false pretenses and there is a security issue."
Mathieu said that some of the Organizing for America volunteers identified themselves to school officials as being with the local elections office.
"These people have used false pretense to get into the high schools and all they're giving us is whitewash and lip service," he said.
But Mann told Fox News that to his knowledge none of the volunteers misrepresented themselves.
"They identified themselves as being with Organizing For America," he said.
However, according to an email obtained by Fox News - school officials acknowledged there may have been some deceit.
"In at least one case, those individuals said they were from the Pasco Supervisor of Elections Office," wrote staff member Paula Lesko. "Unfortunately the SOE said that is not the case."
So why did school officials allow a partisan organization to mingle with students?