Voter registration numbers used by Lauren Cooley touting the success of her Super PAC do not add up with numbers provided by the State of Florida. Cooley, a 24 year old Fort Lauderdale musician, is running for the vice chair of the Broward Republican Executive Committee (BREC). Cooley formed the Campus Red PAC in July 2016. On its website, Campus Red claims it “registered 11,000 conservative students.”
In her campaign email to BREC members, Cooley wrote, “In less than 6 months, I fundraised…and executed a cutting edge field program, resulting in the registration of roughly 11,000 conservative students, all in the state of Florida.” An article in the South Florida Sun-Sentinel contains the same claim of registering 11,000 conservatives.
However, records of third party voter registration groups filed with the State of Florida Division of Elections shows Lauren Cooley’s Campus Red PAC did not come close to registering 11,000 students.
According to the State of Florida, Lauren Cooley’s Campus Red Super PAC registered forty-nine people to vote.
The State shows Campus Red received 1,725 applications. Out of the 1,725 applications, Campus Red PAC returned 49 “non-blank” applications. By comparison, Turning Point USA, another conservative college student group, returned 1,841 applications.
REDBROWARD wanted to ask Cooley about the numbers provided by Campus Red, but she did not reply to requests for comment.
In an email to Cooley, REDBROWARD asked about the careful wording of the numbers by Cooley and Campus Red. They simply state “registered,” not “registered to vote.” Did Campus Red PAC simply “register” these 11,000 students in another database?
Also, Cooley and Campus Red were careful to say the group registered “conservative” students. Does this mean they registered non-Republicans as well?
On the Campus Red website, Cooley’s group claims it wants to do more than register new voters. Campus Red states, “We’re identifying who’s who on campus; who is conservative, who is liberal, and who we can convert.”
Did Lauren Cooley and Campus Red compile an 11,000 person conversion list? Does Cooley think vigorous debate with college kids helped Trump win Florida?
We will let you know if we ever hear from Cooley.
Yet it’s clear from her email that Cooley leaves BREC members thinking she registered 11,000 new Florida voters. Her numbers just don’t add up.