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Republicans Using Fake Websites to Trick Democratic Donors

AdamnSelene (2183372) writes | about 3 months ago

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AdamnSelene (2183372) writes "Forbes reports on a National Republican Congressional Committee sanctioned campaign worthy of the NSA: Fake Candidate Websites that use identical or similar pictures and color schemes to solicit donations to defeat the Democratic candidate. The Tampa Bay Times reports that the NRCC initially refused to refund the contribution from a Tampa Bay doctor who caught onto the scam, and he had to contact his credit card company to challenge the charges. The National Journal reports that the NRCC-sponsored effort may run afoul of Federal Election Commission regulations, though it expects that the bipartisan FEC will be toothless when it comes to enforcement. However, I have to wonder whether this is finally a good enough reason to use the DMCA and file take-down notices against the faux websites. Perhaps the candidates could solve this themselves, and get a judgement for copyright infringement so absurdly large that it puts the NRCC out of business?"

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Too bad (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#46191485)

The Democrats use the IRS to do far worse.

Baloney (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#46191599)

This is one of the listed sites [annkirkpatrick.com] . It's kind of hard to miss that it is against the candidate, especially given this text: "Fed up with Ann Kirkpatrick? – Sign up Today"

Re:Baloney (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#46191611)

Even better! It has this text too!

Contributions to the National Republican Congressional Committee are not deductible as charitable contributions for Federal income tax purposes.

Paid for by the National Republican Congressional Committee and not authorized by any candidate or candidate's committee. www.nrcc.org

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