Monday, February 10, 2014

National Republican Congressional Committee Cheats -- Makes Fake Democrat Sites -- Accepts Donations

Just when you think Republicans cannot sink any lower in the House, along comes their campaign arm, the NRCC, and proves us wrong.  How dare these jerks pretend it is okay to make fake sites  when in many instances you are dealing with older people who don't understand the net, searches for a site, and ends up on one of the fake Democrat candidate sites and donates.  They see nothing wrong with it but then tried to say the National Democrats do the same thing which is typical Republican mantra except the National Democrats don't do it.

Leadership of the NRCC starts with the Current Chair Rep. Greg Walden of Oregon,  Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (GA-03), Deputy Chairman, and day-to-day operations of the NRCC are overseen by Executive Director Liesl Hickey.  Speaker of the House is part of the 11 Member Governing Committee of the House including seven elected House Members which I have been searching for the past 30 minutes to find the names.   As soon as I find them, I would do an add on to this post.

The last few paragraphs from the CNN article on the subject, simply blow my mind.

From CNN:
And to do that, the National Republican Congressional Campaign says it will expand its building of fake sites. 
Do Democrats do it, too? 
The NRCC press secretary told us the Republican strategy is cleverer, but that Democrats have done the same thing. 
One day after CNN’s interview Scarpinato directed CNN to a site mocking a Republican built by the Florida State Democratic Party, which the national Democrat Congressional Campaign Committee insists it had nothing to do with. 
In a statement to CNN, the DCCC wrote, “It is not the DCCC’s practice to make websites that could be confused with the opponents site.” 
Undeterred, the National Republican Congressional Committee thinks it has a winner and will create more fake websites as the 2014 midterm elections draw near.
The lies continuing out of the House Republicans are like The Neverending Story which was fantasy. In this case it is the House GOP continuing to report narrative versus facts but they don't stop there anymore as the House GOP now lies about the President, Attorney General, and Democrats as a whole.  House GOP has been telling more whoppers than usual lately.  These are some of the most despicable people that have ever been members in the House IMHO!  If I had my way all be a very few GOP in the House would bite the dust.  They don't deserve to be paid by the US Taxpayers for working such few days and in the days they work, they stick it to various groups but make sure their wealthy donors make out like bandits.  The amount of Bravo Sierra that comes out of the GOP could provide manure for acres and acres of fields.

One guy actually did think he was donating to a Democrat candidate -- NRCC returned the money but as Mediaite reported, remained defiant.  Why do we have a Federal Elections Committee if they are going to continue to let Republicans run wild with illegal campaign tactics and when caught, give them a slap on their wrist.  How about House Leadership including my Congressman Cole (R-OK) who used to be head of NRCC -- where are their voices against this type of activity or does the House GOP Leadership condone it.  Looks like this is about anything goes in an election to make sure they win -- win at any cost including turning the Constitution upside down makes these group of Republicans no difference.

From Mediaite  (Click Link to see Alex Sink site by GOP)
The National Republican Congressional Committee returned a campaign donation on Monday after a contributor cried foul over a website pretending to be the that of a Democratic candidate—a possible violation of campaign finance laws. 
The move is one the NRCC has tried before, and has reprised with at least three different congressional candidates. The GOP organization mimics the candidate’s official website, with the same color schemes and similar smiling photos of the candidates, buys similar domain names, and gets Google-sponsored links so that the sites appear near the top of searches. The only difference between and, for instance, is that one says “defeat” on it:
The ruse worked well enough to fool Ray Bellamy, who ended up contributing $250 to the RNCC rather than Sink’s campaign, as he’d meant to. “It looked legitimate and had a smiling face of Sink and all the trappings of a legitimate site,” he said, until the post-donation page displayed a slew of anti-Sink talking points. 
According to Paul S. Ryan with the Campaign Legal Center, the move is almost certainly illegal. “This doesn’t even strike me as a close call,” he told the National Journal, when similar websites were spotted in December. However, he noted that the FEC was slow to move on enforcement, and that these websites would likely be gone by the time the organization got around to them. 
The RNCC returned Bellamy’s donation, but was defiant about the websites. “Ms. Sink doesn’t want to be honest about her support of ObamaCare or her awful record as CFO, we are happy to inform voters,” an NRCC spokesperson told the Tampa Bay Times. In the meantime, it’s up to the contributors themselves to spot the trick.
The person donates and after the donation he finds out it is an anti-Alex Sink site?  Republicans think this is okay because many who donate wouldn't know to challenge these lowlife NRCC staffers who run these sites?  The words I would like to use to describe Republicans I won't use on a website but mark my word, I have been saying them while reading this bunch of crap out of the NRCC and in turn the GOP in the House as they are part and parcel of each other.  

Los Angeles Times has discovered 18 fake websites for Democrats so far and sounds like the NRCC is going to make even more.  IMHO this is what you get when you hold up Karl Rove and others as geniuses in campaigns when their genius comes from underhanded tactics.  Rove and his Crossroads was linked in a memo to Koch Bros donors last week.  No surprise to many of us have who have been saying Rove is tied to the Koch Bros -- as he was out in front in the Walker campaign for Governor in WI.  Rove, Koch Bros, and Roger Ailes were behind the establishment of the Tea Party which is now out of control or what so-called establishment Republicans want you to believe.  That is just rhetoric because the establishment Republicans in the House bow to the Tea Party all the time.  Why?  Is it because of Koch donations to their campaigns and getting people to work for them.

Anyone telling you that the Tea Party is going away is laughable because Club for Growth, Heritage Foundation, and the rest of the Koch tentacles are going no where -- grassroots base of the GOP today is the Tea Party for the most part.  They will just get rebrand if the name gets too hot for the GOP but the same lowlife, unethical people will be running things.  The RNC Chair Priebus came out of that underhanded Walker campaign and my guess the reason he is still chair as he is a puppet of the Koch Bros.

From the Los Angeles Times:
Republican Party wing creates 18 fake websites for Democrats

By Daniel Rothberg This post has been corrected. See note at bottom for details.February 7, 2014, 4:12 p.m. 
If you support Democratic Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick’s bid for reelection, stay away from The site might greet visitors with a welcoming photo of the Arizona congresswoman and a screaming “Kirkpatrick for Congress” logo, but that design belies its true agenda. 
Funded and created by the Republican Party’s congressional campaign wing, the site’s true aim is in the fine print: to defeat Kirkpatrick, described as “a huge embarrassment to Arizona.” 
The National Republican Congressional Committee bought up hundreds of URLs ahead of the 2014 election cycle and has created nearly 20 websites appearing to support Democratic candidates in all but the small print, a spokesman for the campaign confirmed Thursday. 
The websites include donation forms that accept credit cards and encourage viewers to contribute up to $500, but instead of money going to the Democratic candidates, it goes to the NRCC. 
The NRCC rolled out the first such site in August, targeting Sean Eldridge, who is facing a tough race in New York’s 19th district. Since then, the organization has created mock campaign sites for 17 other candidates, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) and Alex Sink, a candidate for Florida’s 13th district. 
One Sink supporter was so confused while visiting the NRCC’s mock website that he mistakenly donated to the Republican committee instead of giving to the Sink campaign, the Tampa Bay Times reported. The NRCC said it would refund anyone who donated mistakenly. 
A spokesman for Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.), one of the candidates targeted by the NRCC campaign, said it's important to draw a disctinction between satire and deception.
"I've certainly seen a lot of parody campaigns -- websites and Twitter accounts -- and I think that satire is a part of our culture," he said. "But just actually trying to make people think you are somebody you are not I think is underhanded." 
Since the websites surfaced, the NRCC’s Democratic counterpart has shot back, casting the websites as deceptive and a sign of weakness. 
“Republicans in Congress have gotten so desperate and afraid defending their special interest agenda," Josh Schwerin, a Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee spokesman, said in a statement, that they are now trying to "trick people into supporting them and trying to disown their own toxic, out-of-touch brand.” 
Excerpt:  Read More at the LA Times
My donations this year are all going through Act Blue, which is a PAC allowing individuals and groups to channel their progressive dollars to candidates and movements of their choosing.  What I like most about Act Blue is that all money goes to the candidates and then you can leave them a tip for expenses which we do on all the donations.  GOP will NEVER see a penny from this family again. Even our Oklahoma Democrat for Governor Joe Dorman has his donations linked through Act Blue. Would recommend every Democrat candidate turn to Act Blue and then advertise they are the only ones taking their non in-person donations.  With the underhanded unethical Republicans, you need to double down on security for your donations.

No comments:

Post a Comment