Under Fire, GOP Adjusts Fake Democratic Campaign Sites

National Journal
Shane Goldmacher
Feb. 17, 2014, 6:08 p.m.

Un­der grow­ing polit­ic­al pres­sure, House Re­pub­lic­ans’ cam­paign arm has over­hauled a series of con­tro­ver­sial cam­paign web­sites that are de­signed to, at first glance, ap­pear as if they sup­port Demo­crats.

The Na­tion­al Re­pub­lic­an Con­gres­sion­al Com­mit­tee changed the dona­tion page to make it clear­er to po­ten­tial con­trib­ut­ors that their money wasn’t go­ing to the smil­ing Demo­crats pic­tured but in­stead to the Re­pub­lic­ans.

Na­tion­al Journ­al first re­por­ted in Decem­ber that the web­sites’ de­cept­ive designs could leave voters con­fused and also vi­ol­ate fed­er­al elec­tion rules. Since then, two news out­lets have found donors who have been duped by the sites.

The NR­CC has stead­fastly de­fen­ded the web­sites, even as Demo­crats com­plained more loudly in re­cent weeks. A Demo­crat­ic group in New Jer­sey re­cently filed a com­plaint with the Fed­er­al Elec­tions Com­mis­sion.

An­drea Bozek, an NR­CC spokes­wo­man, said in an email, “We re­cently up­dated our con­tri­bu­tion pages, as we fre­quently do, to high­light our ef­forts to de­feat House Demo­crats in 2014 and pre­vent Nancy Pelosi from ever be­ing speak­er of the House again.”

Even after the change, the home pages of the dozen-plus faux sites re­main the same, with a URL (such as nick­ra­hall­for­con­gress.com) and big, bold head­line (“Nick Ra­hall for Con­gress”) sug­gest­ing it is the Demo­crat’s of­fi­cial site. Be­low, the sites of­fer bit­ing cri­tiques and reas­ons to op­pose the pic­tured Demo­crat.

Bozek re­mained un­apo­lo­get­ic about the sites. “It’s no sur­prise that Demo­crats are nervous that the truth is fi­nally get­ting out about their dis­astrous re­cords, but des­pite their whin­ing, we plan on con­tinu­ing to show­case their sup­port for Obama­care and oth­er failed Wash­ing­ton policies straight through to Elec­tion Day.”

What We're Following See More »
BACKING OUT ON BERNIE
Trump Won’t Debate Sanders After All
1 days ago
THE LATEST

Trump, in a statement: “Based on the fact that the Democratic nominating process is totally rigged and Crooked Hillary Clinton and Deborah Wasserman Schultz will not allow Bernie Sanders to win, and now that I am the presumptive Republican nominee, it seems inappropriate that I would debate the second place finisher. ... I will wait to debate the first place finisher in the Democratic Party, probably Crooked Hillary Clinton, or whoever it may be.”

AKNOWLEDGING THE INEVITABLE
UAW: Time to Unite Behind Hillary
2 days ago
THE DETAILS

"It's about time for unity," said UAW President Dennis Williams. "We're endorsing Hillary Clinton. She's gotten 3 million more votes than Bernie, a million more votes than Donald Trump. She's our nominee." He called Sanders "a great friend of the UAW" while saying Trump "does not support the economic security of UAW families." Some 28 percent of UAW members indicated their support for Trump in an internal survey.

Source:
AP KEEPING COUNT
Trump Clinches Enough Delegates for the Nomination
2 days ago
THE LATEST

"Donald Trump on Thursday reached the number of delegates needed to clinch the Republican nomination for president, completing an unlikely rise that has upended the political landscape and sets the stage for a bitter fall campaign. Trump was put over the top in the Associated Press delegate count by a small number of the party's unbound delegates who told the AP they would support him at the convention."

Source:
TRUMP FLOATED IDEA ON JIMMY KIMMEL’S SHOW
Trump/Sanders Debate Before California Primary?
2 days ago
THE LATEST
CAMPAIGNS INJECTED NEW AD MONEY
California: It’s Not Over Yet
2 days ago
THE LATEST

"Clinton and Bernie Sanders "are now devoting additional money to television advertising. A day after Sanders announced a new ad buy of less than $2 million in the state, Clinton announced her own television campaign. Ads featuring actor Morgan Freeman as well as labor leader and civil rights activist Dolores Huerta will air beginning on Fridayin Fresno, Sacramento, and Los Angeles media markets. Some ads will also target Latino voters and Asian American voters. The total value of the buy is about six figures according to the Clinton campaign." Meanwhile, a new poll shows Sanders within the margin of error, trailing Clinton 44%-46%.

Source:
×