Republicans Set Up Websites Aimed at Tricking Democrats into Giving Money to the GOP

Screen Shot 2014-02-04 at 3.15.51 AMIn politics there’s typical political gamesmanship and then there’s just flat-out unethical behavior.  It’s one thing to push the edge of what is or isn’t ethical, but crossing the line in an attempt to deceive people out of their money is taking things too far.

And that’s exactly what the National Republican Congressional Committee has done.

What they’ve done is set up several websites clearly aimed at tricking Democrats into donating to the NRCC by setting these sites up aesthetically to appear as if they are for a Democratic candidate, when in actuality they’re nothing more than a donation page where all money donated goes to the Republican party.

A perfect example (though it’s not the only one) can be found here for Arizona Representative (and Democrat) Kyrsten Sinema, with the URL contribute.sinemaforcongress.com. 

Now I know what critics of my opinion on this will say, “Well, if you read the site it clearly says that it’s against her!”  Which is true.  However, I’ve been in this business long enough to know that many people are strictly visual creatures and a lot of them won’t read the details on the site – and the NRCC knows this as well.

Which is exactly why the NRCC set it up to appear at first glance to be a campaign site for each of these candidates.

And the worst part is, the NRCC is actually defending these pathetic sites.  NRCC spokeswoman Andrea Bozek said:

“Democrats are clearly pitching stories on these effective websites because they are worried about voters learning the truth about their candidates’ disastrous records.  Anyone who reads the website understand these are negative attacks. Also as required our disclaimer is at the bottom.”

Which actually might make sense if the websites contained any information about these candidates – but they don’t.  Visiting one of these deceptive sites does nothing but provide visitors with a gateway to funnel money to the NRCC.  There’s no information about the candidates featured anywhere.  All these pages do is feature each of these candidates prominently, tossing in a small disclaimer stating their real intentions and then asking for money.

It’s blatantly obvious what the NRCC is trying to do with these sites and it’s laughable that they’re actually trying to defend them.

Luckily some are claiming (and rightfully so it seems) that these sites violate Federal Election Commission regulations that prohibit political committees and parties from using a candidate’s name in special projects.

And I feel it’s important to emphasize the fact that this isn’t some lobbyist group or rouge tea party affiliate doing this.  Oh, no.  This is the National Republican Congressional Committee that’s behind this.  Not only behind it – but defending it.

This is just another example that proves if Republicans don’t think they can win elections, they’ll do whatever they can to rig them.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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