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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.

C.A.P.E. PAC's homepage. The group's page for Rep. Allen West, R-Fla. "” http://www.allenwest2012.co/ "” redirects to this page now. National Journal
Official reelection website for Rep. Allen West, R-Fla. "” http://www.allenwestforcongress.com/. National Journal
The C.A.P.E. PAC site set up for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, http://www.mittromneyin2012.com, now redirects to this site, http://www.stopmrobama.com. National Journal
C.A.P.E PAC's website created for Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va. "” http://www.cantor4congress.org. National Journal
Official website for reelection campaign of Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va. "” http://ericcantor.com/. National Journal
C.A.P.E. PAC's website for House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio. National Journal
Official reelection website for House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio "” http://johnboehner.com/. National Journal
C.A.P.E. PAC's website created for Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn. "” http://www.vote4michele.org. National Journal
Official reelection website for Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn. "” http://www.michelebachmann.com. National Journal
C.A.P.E. PAC's website for U.S. Senate candidate in Texas, Republican Ted Cruz "” http://www.votetedcruz.org/. National Journal
Official website for U.S. Senate candidate in Texas, Republican Ted Cruz "” http://tedcruz.org/. National Journal
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