Comparing Controversial Look-Alike Candidate Websites With the Real Thing - PICTURES

Olga Belogolova
Sept. 10, 2012, 9:54 a.m.

As de­tailed by Na­tion­al Journ­al, the Co­ali­tion of Amer­ic­ans for Polit­ic­al Equal­ity polit­ic­al ac­tion com­mit­tee, known as CAPE PAC, has spent hun­dreds of thou­sands of dol­lars on Google ads this sum­mer. The in­tent of the ad buy is to pro­mote a net­work of CAPE PAC-cre­ated can­did­ate-sup­port web­sites that show up when users search for that can­did­ate’s of­fi­cial reelec­tion web­site. A dona­tion through one of these CAPE PAC-cre­ated sites goes to that or­gan­iz­a­tion, not the can­did­ate.

Over the sum­mer, a num­ber of Wash­ing­ton in­siders un­know­ingly con­trib­uted to CAPE PAC through these sites, when their in­ten­tion was to con­trib­ute dir­ectly to the can­did­ate. 

Since the pub­lic­a­tion of Na­tion­al Journ­al‘s in­vest­ig­a­tion in­to CAPE PAC’s strategy, all of the web­sites men­tioned — in­clud­ing on cre­ated for Rep. Al­len West, R-Fla., and an­oth­er for Re­pub­lic­an pres­id­en­tial can­did­ate Mitt Rom­ney — have been taken down

Be­low are ex­amples of can­did­ates’ of­fi­cial reelec­tion web­sites com­pared with the web­sites CAPE PAC cre­ated for that can­did­ate.


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