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posted on Feb, 8 2014 @ 01:20 AM
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GOP set up phishing sites to trick Democrats into donating to the NRCC
Source: Boingboing.net

How low can the GOP go? Now setting up phishing sites to mislead supporters of Democratic candidates? The swamp in Washington can't get much slimier than this.



At least 16 fraudulent sites attributed to the National Republican Congressional Committee have been discovered. These sites, whose domains are the names of Democratic candidates, use large type and photos that make them appear to be fundraisers for those candidates, though the small-print text makes it clear that these are actually sites set up opposing their apparent candidates. The NRCC claims these are all fair game and blame Democrats for not registered their candidates' names as for campaign sites. But when there's a site at AnnKirkpatrick.com, with the words ANN KIRKPATRICK FOR CONGRESS and a DONATE button beneath it, and when that DONATE button sends money to Ann Kirkpatrick's GOP rival, the intent to deceive is pretty clear.



Annkirkpatrick.com is one of a series of websites (TIME has found 16, so far) the NRCC has set up that are clearly designed to trick the viewer—at least at first—into thinking they’re on a legitimate campaign website. The tactic smacks of “spoofing” scams, whereby spammers masquerade under fake phone numbers or email addresses to win trust (it’s how you might have once received an email that looked addressed from a friend but turned out to be a plaintive plea from wealthy Nigerian prince). But the line between clever and criminal is an ambiguous one in American politics, and anyone claiming to be shocked by less-than-truthful campaign materials hasn’t been around much.

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.


It takes gall to blame the DNC for not registering the domain names that they then abused. As the Atlanta Journal-Constitution calls it, "Among political dirty tricks, this is a new low." In my opinion it takes a special kind of desperation to achieve this level of political sleaze.

GOP uses misleading website to trick Dems into donating to Republicans (Dailykos.com)

At least Google has been alerted to the abuse:

Google slaps phishing warning on misleading GOP website (Dailykos.com)


This is probably not what the National Republican Congressional Committee was expecting when they decided to make the contribution page on their websites targeting Democratic candidates mimic the Democrats' websites. First, after public backlash, they had to start offering refunds to donors who'd been misled, and now, Google has put a "reported phishing website" warning on at least the anti-Alex Sink site.



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posted on Feb, 8 2014 @ 01:29 AM
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It's about time Repubs start using the web to their advantage. The have been behind democrats for so long in the use of underhanded tactics and voter fraud. It only stands to reason they would learn from dems eventually.

It isn't like either party has a monopoly on stupidity and malfeasance.

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posted on Feb, 8 2014 @ 01:32 AM
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Does it matter? Only an idiot would vote for/support a major party
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posted on Feb, 8 2014 @ 01:45 AM
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Why so many American citizens play along with this charade is beyond me.

This is all I have to say on the subject....



One of the members here has this as his/her Avatar - so appropriate.



posted on Feb, 8 2014 @ 01:54 AM
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I say great I think both sides should do this. Once word gets out to the general public no one will trust any website enough to donate. Screw them. Let them breed more distrust, and maybe they will die out.

Scum bags one and all.
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posted on Feb, 8 2014 @ 02:22 AM
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I don't get it, so it's the Republicans fault that a Democratic supporter simply goes to a webpage & looks at a picture and the politician name then proceeded to hit the donate button without reading the sales pitch associated with the website? Clearly, anyone who took time to read the site BEFORE THROWING MONEY AT A CANDIDATE would see it's not a PRO-john/jane doe site but a clever ANTI-john/jane doe site setup to take money from fools who should not be donating to political parties anyways


Bravo...Bravo!



posted on Feb, 8 2014 @ 06:08 AM
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Both sides do these things. Both are as shady as it gets. It's time we make serious reforms .. but it will never happen.



posted on Feb, 8 2014 @ 06:09 AM
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The Republicans did just what you did.

I read your thread title and expected that there was some sort of fraud perpetrated by the Republicans.
Then I read the actual facts in your OP and learned that the ads had 'fine print' that explained who the ad and donated money would support.

If anyone was tricked, it was because they looked at the pretty picture and didn't read the words.

It reminds me of the story of the immigrants (unable to read English) that bought a can of Crisco shortening thinking that they were buying fried chicken.... because of the picture on the label of the can!
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posted on Feb, 8 2014 @ 06:10 AM
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I think there is a funny point there. People "like" certain candidates without knowing a single thing about them. They obviously aren't reading to learn about the candidate before donating, since then they would discover the ruse.

Reminds me of that white Republican who won an election because he threw out some names that SOUNDED good to people, and they voted him in even though everything he stands for was not what they stood for. None of them took any time to learn any of his stances.
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posted on Feb, 8 2014 @ 06:33 AM
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Why so many American citizens play along with this charade is beyond me.
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I have to totally agree with you there. We have a lot of members here who go along with this charade. We"ll never move ahead in this country if we continue to waste our time voting and defending either party.



posted on Feb, 8 2014 @ 08:51 AM
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Is this suppose to fraud voters or make them look stupid?

I don't see how either motive shows a mature, ready to solve problems, political party to choose from at voting time.



posted on Feb, 8 2014 @ 09:02 AM
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yet people still vote, still give MORE of their money to their government hand of choice,and for some reason beyond my understanding still TRUST the government hand of choice even though the other hand keeps slapping them.



posted on Feb, 8 2014 @ 09:26 AM
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Anybody who defends this kind of criminal fraud must be in some kind of deep denial.

It might be that only someone who was careless or somehow impaired would fall for this, but it's still a criminal act to steal through deception, even if your victim is dumb. That applies whether it's political or not.



posted on Feb, 8 2014 @ 10:36 AM
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DrEugeneFixer
Anybody who defends this kind of criminal fraud must be in some kind of deep denial.

It might be that only someone who was careless or somehow impaired would fall for this, but it's still a criminal act to steal through deception, even if your victim is dumb. That applies whether it's political or not.


Then you agree that Obama should be impeached?



posted on Feb, 8 2014 @ 10:49 AM
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Hiding the truth of the site in "fine print"?

When did 16 size font become fine print?



posted on Feb, 8 2014 @ 10:56 AM
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Pass it to see what's in it.
Hope and Change.
Transparency.


Sounds like sour grapes about a page being taken from the playbook.

Let's see here:
CAPE PAC did it in 2012 Only no one seems to know where the money went.

But if you really want to be upset about how political donations are just a legal form of panhandling watch this 60 Minutes segment on Leadership PACs and exactly how some familiar named politicians make "just a little bit more" than their sanctioned paycheck.
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posted on Feb, 8 2014 @ 11:02 AM
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DrEugeneFixer
It might be that only someone who was careless or somehow impaired would fall for this, but it's still a criminal act to steal through deception, even if your victim is dumb.


Unless, of course, you are a bank, politician, insurance company, government, casino, or lawyer.

Maybe Obama should have hired the republicans to create the Obamacare website.
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posted on Feb, 8 2014 @ 11:06 AM
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So if it is ok for the Republicans to be crooks like everyone else, why care what Obama does?



posted on Feb, 8 2014 @ 11:10 AM
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MOMof3
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So if it is ok for the Republicans to be crooks like everyone else, why care what Obama does?


The OP's claim is more 'fraud' then the actual site s/he took the screen shot from.

Amazing how the large font that states

Fed up with Ann Kirkpatrick? – Sign up Today
was 'conveniently' cropped from the picture.



posted on Feb, 8 2014 @ 11:26 AM
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MOMof3
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So if it is ok for the Republicans to be crooks like everyone else, why care what Obama does?


More along the lines of, "A fool and his money are soon parted." If someone donates to a website pitch without understanding it, they are going to get ripped off somewhere by someone.

I watch a lot of "American Greed" on A&E. It constantly surprises me how many people lose hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars to ponzi schemes. I wonder how people that dim got that much money to begin with.





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