House GOP Campaign Arm Created Misleading Fake News Sites

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The National Republican Campaign Committee has created fake news sites about House candidates, presumably to take advantage of readers who don’t pay close attention to what news sources they read, National Journal reported.

Earlier this year, the NRCC got in some trouble for creating deceptive fake campaign sites for Democrats that ask people to contribute in order to help “defeat” the candidate.

According to National Journal, the NRCC is promoting more than 20 of these websites using google search ads. So when people search for candidates in for their district, these fake articles pop up.

The stories appear on election2014update.com, and have site names like “Central Valley Update.” The fake new sites begin stories by explaining that they will analyze the candidate’s position but take a critical tone.

At the bottom of each story, the NRCC discloses that the site is paid for by the committee. Communications director Andrea Bozek told National Journal that it was a “new and effective way to disseminate information to voters.”

When DCCC spokesman Josh Schwerin bashed the approach as “deception,” Bozek responded that Democrats are “just jealous.”

The sites don’t appear to violate campaign finance laws.

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Notable Replies

  1. Why does the NRCC need to have misleading fake news sites? They already have Fox News.

  2. Innovation, pure and simple. Pretty soon, they’re just going to go ahead and create their own shadow government and leave us liberals out completely. And then we’ll be sorry.

  3. What are we going to do now? Peter Pan was our best hope at fighting the Pied Piper.

  4. Avatar for sooner sooner says:

    Typical Reich Wing voter suppression/depression. They know they will not win many elections in coming years so they’re desperately grasping at all means of skewing the vote in their favor.

    Sadly for them, they keep the same group of low information wingnut voters over and over again when they pander to the IQ lower than a bag of nails demographic.

    It’s called pissing into the wind.

  5. Avatar for looby looby says:

    Sadly for them, that’s also disproportionately the “waiting for god” demographic.

    Don’t fear The Reaper.

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