The Republican Party has found another way to cheat the system. Today, reports are surfacing from all over the United States that the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) has found a new way to trick democratic voters. This time, it is not with their policies, but rather with their campaign tactics.
The NRCC has set up at least 15 separate websites designed to fool democratic voters. These websites appear to be in favor of democratic candidates. However, voters need to make sure they are reading the fine print. These sites are in fact slam pages against these candidates. The NRCC has bought several domains that are similar to actual Democratic support websites, and are now deceminating propaganda in favor of their own cause.
The NRCC has come out and said they are not breaking any laws. According to them, they are simply spreading the information about the democratic candidates that their own actual sites are leaving out. Of course this information is not flattering to the candidates. On the contrary, it is borderline defamation. Thousands of democrats have logged on to these sites, absorbing the negative content without seeing both sides.
The deception does not end there. The Republican Party is cheating the system in another way as well. On most of the actual sites for these democratic candidates, there are links allowing you to donate funds in support of the candidate’s campaign. These donations are vital for success. The money goes to help with literature, advertising, and other important areas of a successful campaign. In turn, the NRCC has done the same with their mimic sites. However, when a democrat logs on to one of these sites and makes a donation, it goes to the GOP instead.
The NRCC vehemently denies any and all accusations. They claim that the sites are not an attempt to trick voters, claiming that the source of the sites as well as their intent is clear. Tell that to a Florida woman who logged on to one of these mimic sites and donated money to what she thought was the democratic cause. Realizing too late what she had done, she immediately contacted the Republican headquarters in Florida to demand a refund. They eventually agreed to give her back her money, but only after she spent far too much of her own time convincing them to do so.
According to Campaign Legal Expert Paul Ryan, these websites could absolutely be considered an FEC violation. The violation would be due to the absence of a clear explanation regarding where the donation is actually going. However, given the time it takes to file and have the complaint addressed, it would be well after the 2014 election before anything would be done. In the meantime, the NRCC has no intention of stopping this digital campaign. In fact, the NRCC has bought over 1,000 other URL’s that are linked to the weaker democratic candidates and are currently putting up even more mimic sites at this very moment.
So for those who receive a majority of information from the web regarding politics, beware. Read all of the fine print and make sure you know the site you are on is in fact one that supports your candidate. If the government cannot hold the Republican Party accountable for this blatant cheat of the system, we as Americans must be vigilant enough to know the difference.
By Chris Chisam