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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  • Bunnyman09

    Just when you think Republicans could not be any more loathsome, disgusting, immoral and just plain evil, something like this comes along that completely resets the bar. Just more proof that Republicans are intellectually bankrupt and have absolutely no new or valuable ideas, so they have to resort to third-grade shenanigans.

  • Michael Siever

    Typical Rethuglicans. Democrats are beating them at their own fundraising game, so they must resort to cheating to win…

  • Veritas vos Liberabit

    Many folks don’t bother to read the sinister message that’s carefully interpolated in this type of political propaganda. Just like many don’t bother to read the fine print in a contract before signing it. While this type of “argumentum ad ignorantiam” is not illegal, it is indeed unethical. That being said, the moribund GOP, being well aware that those on the extreme side of the Conservative political spectrum are out raising them, they believe they have no other choice but to engaged in this type of deceitful tactics at the expense of the misinformed.

  • Michael Drzyzga

    *rogue, not rouge*

  • white trash religious teaparty

    so,,,,,,,,,,,,,as all is fair in love and war: now the dems should do the same
    FOX “news” needs new stuff 2 cry about

  • meatwad_SSuppet

    Open display of a mind that has no moral issue what so ever to wrap themselves in another flag to obtain their goal. The wolf in sheep clothing is proudly displayed for all to take heed. To pretend that which you are not. Are they also spreading the word that yes, the other one is their better so they must appear like them? In the original sense of the ‘false flag’, the wrong flag was raised to lure in their victim(s), then the proper flag was raised at attack time. The god father never approved of family hits, now it is common for neighbor kids to fall to the wild blood lusts. Oh how the ‘honor among thieves’ has been thrown to the winds.

  • Garmin Woods

    I actually like these websites, if they can help people pay attention. Too many voters, and some Democrats included, make their decisions mechanically, even mindlessly. Spending five seconds reading these websites is all you would need to understand where your donation is going. Being tricked by these websites says more about the party being fooled than the party doing the fooling. Sinister? Cheating? C’mon. Misrepresentations wrapped in rhetoric is a hallmark of politics. If someone gave their money away to one of these websites, I would have little confidence in their discernment in any other political decision.