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...fake Democratic campaign websites.

At least 15 websites that appear to be official campaign sites for Democratic candidates, are actually the handiwork of the National Republican Congressional Committee.

In an effort to improve their online efforts this election season, the NRCC’s digital team came up with what the group believes is a great idea: get out the Republican message through fake Democrat sites.

“The idea is people who are looking for information on the candidate, one of the places we all go now is online and so this is a way for folks to find out more about the candidates and information they may not find on the candidate’s own site,” said Daniel Scarpinato, the NRCC's press secretary.

The NRCC bought up hundreds of URLs on potential weak Democratic candidates and created sites that mimic the real ones.

Such as the one at www.johnlewis4congress.com.  John Lewis is running for Montana's at-large House seat in 2014.

Just when I think the GOP has gotten about as big a pack of dirtbags as one can get, they push the envelope of dirtbaggery.

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  •  Tip Jar (18+ / 0-)

    "Life is the crummiest book I ever read - there isn't a hook, just a lot of cheap shots, pictures to shock, and characters an amateur would never dream up." - Bad Religion

    by TheOrchid on Thu Feb 06, 2014 at 05:58:30 PM PST

  •  This does get a "Tricky Dick" Award (4+ / 0-)

    You can imagine the shape of it (it's made from the finest digested food fed to Seabiscuit's offspring).
    Yep, Nixon would quite proud to see this most despicable of dirty tricks.

    Where's there's smoke, there's a doob.

  •  What's the Potential for Fraud Action On This? nt (5+ / 0-)

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Thu Feb 06, 2014 at 06:17:36 PM PST

  •  More examples, please. (0+ / 0-)

    Or, how can we tell the good ones from the bad?
    With my rep, Ron Barber (DINO-AZ), it's hard to think how this might apply.

    Reality has a well-known liberal bias -- Stephen Colbert

    by ItsaMathJoke on Thu Feb 06, 2014 at 06:19:16 PM PST

  •  Does the Federal Election Commission have (0+ / 0-)

    any power to do something about this?  How about the various State Election Commissions?  Massive and VERY negative publicity, proving dirty tricks, LTE's, response ads, showing the voters just how depraved their Republican party has become, make sure to use the term phishing, illegal, dirty, double dealing, loss of fair play, underhanded, weak, all to describe this despicable behavior by Republicans.

    Massive and VERY bad publicity, coming from all sides, and from all angles.  When they try to cover themselves from one side, hit them from their exposed flank.  Show the world just how depraved they are.

    That's all you have to do.

    Republicans are like alligators. All mouth and no ears.

    by Ohiodem1 on Thu Feb 06, 2014 at 06:35:03 PM PST

  •  They're aiming at (0+ / 0-)

    barely-paying-attention voters. Sadly, there are plenty of those. If there is any good news in this, it's how obvious it is that staking your claim on people who are naive or easily fooled is a desperate, losing strategy.

    And some days it's not even worth chewing through the restraints!

    by SpotTheCat on Thu Feb 06, 2014 at 06:54:12 PM PST

  •  They're also collecting (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    unfangus

    Campaign contributions that should be going to these candidates.  This is illegal and although many people have become aware of this and asked for their money back I'm sure there are many others who have not done so.  Look, if this was you or I doing this we would be thrown in jail and whoever in the NRCC who approved this and whoever set up these sites needs to be made an example of and also thrown in jail.

    Never be afraid to voice your opinion and fight for it . Corporations aren't people, they're Republicans (Rev Al Sharpton 10/7/2011) Voting is a louder voice than a bullhorn but sometimes you need that bullhorn to retain your vote.

    by Rosalie907 on Thu Feb 06, 2014 at 08:18:44 PM PST

    •  That's where they cross the line (0+ / 0-)

      into clearly illegal practice.
      Disinformation is wrong and morally bankrupt (par for the course with the GOP), but diverting money from the candidates' supporters makes it a crime.

      If I ran this circus, things would be DIFFERENT!

      by CwV on Fri Feb 07, 2014 at 05:08:24 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  Lets see (0+ / 0-)

        If they do get arrested.

        Never be afraid to voice your opinion and fight for it . Corporations aren't people, they're Republicans (Rev Al Sharpton 10/7/2011) Voting is a louder voice than a bullhorn but sometimes you need that bullhorn to retain your vote.

        by Rosalie907 on Fri Feb 07, 2014 at 09:55:07 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

  •  Except Google has started attaching (0+ / 0-)

    Phishing warnings to them.  Report it.

    "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White -6.00, -5.18

    by zenbassoon on Thu Feb 06, 2014 at 09:09:55 PM PST

  •  Don't expect better (0+ / 0-)

    from sweaty, beer-addled frat-house pranksters, welcomed with open arms as "consultants" by the cretinous GOP.

    Think James O'Keefe and Frank Luntz.

  •  Goes to show how much GOPers believe their own bs (0+ / 0-)

    If conservative policies were sooooooooo extraordinary for the country, they simply wouldn't have to trick people!

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