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Look-Alike Sites Funnel Big Money to Mystery PAC
National Journal ^ | 9-9-12 | Shane Goldmacher

Posted on 09/10/2012 1:15:52 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story misstated how CAPE PAC sites are identified. Candidate sites are labeled as CAPE PAC sites in fine print at the top and bottom of each site.

Noam Neusner, a former White House speechwriter for President George W. Bush, thought he had given $250 to GOP Senate candidate Josh Mandel.

He hadn’t.

Instead, Neusner was one of nearly 3,000 donors who stumbled onto a network of look-alike campaign websites that have netted more than $570,000 this year in what some are calling a sophisticated political phishing scheme.

(UPDATE: Mystery PAC Look-Alike Websites Dissappear!)

The websites have the trappings of official campaign pages: smiling candidate photos and videos, issue pages, and a large, red “donate” button at the top. Except that proceeds from the shadow sites go not to the candidates pictured, but to an obscure conservative group run by an Arizona activist.

Such doppelgänger sites exist for nearly three-dozen prominent GOP figures, including presidential nominee Mitt Romney, House Speaker John Boehner rep. John Boehner Republican Ohio, District 8 and donation magnets such as Reps. Michele Bachmann rep. Michele Bachmann Republican Minnesota, District 6 and Allen West Republican Florida.

Peter Pasi, who specializes in digital GOP fundraising, said the group is “exploiting donors.” “The intent is to trade on someone else’s name for your benefit,” he said.

Republican officials are concerned that the group, the Coalition of Americans for Political Equality PAC, is siphoning away money from needy GOP candidates while duping donors.

“The only thing they are doing is lining their pockets and funding their own operation,” said Chris LaCivita, a strategist for West, whose campaign lawyers recently filed a complaint against CAPE PAC with the Federal Election Commission.

(PICTURES: Compare The Clone Sites vs. The Official Sites)

(Excerpt) Read more at nationaljournal.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: bachmann; brown; capepac; donations; flake; fraud; mandel; money; phishing; romney; warren; west

Screen shot of "phished" campaign site that will divert your donation to mystery PAC's own pockets. Note the disclaimer at the top of the graphic.

1 posted on 09/10/2012 1:16:10 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic

And this is why I go DIRECTLY to a candidate’s website when I want to contribute. I contribute some to groups (e.g., Tea Party Express) I trust.


2 posted on 09/10/2012 1:24:23 PM PDT by House Atreides
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To: afraidfortherepublic

During the primary Newt got asked on a phone teleconference about a site called Newt Gingrich 360 and said he had nothing to do with it. I think they had “360” sites for other candidates as well. Just like this they were made up to look like official sites and asked for donations but the fine print indicated they were not affiliated with a candidate.


3 posted on 09/10/2012 1:27:51 PM PDT by JediJones (Grow your own dope...plant a Democrat.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

It is probably a mistake to believe that this is a “conservative” site. There is no reason to believe that it is not a liberal site siphoning off conservative funds!


4 posted on 09/10/2012 1:30:28 PM PDT by the_Watchman
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To: House Atreides

I fee the same about the RNC, Republican Senatorial, Republican House, and the WisGOP appeals. ‘ll give my donations directly to the candidate.


5 posted on 09/10/2012 1:34:19 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic (Joe Biden is reported to be seeking asylum in a foreign country so he does not have to debate Ryan.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

“obscure political group”

??


6 posted on 09/10/2012 1:47:14 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

And Obama recently stated his funding just bumped up...


7 posted on 09/10/2012 2:29:24 PM PDT by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free.....)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Hmm. Good business idea for 2014, Demwits can’t even spell.

Thanks afraidfortherepublic.


8 posted on 09/10/2012 2:52:01 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

i can’t believe people are so gullible. I delve deeply and send check to candidate of choice. I don’t have that much money to waste.

If there is a way to steal, they will find it.
Don’t take anything for granted.


9 posted on 09/10/2012 2:58:04 PM PDT by TribalPrincess2U (0bama's agenda¬óDivide and conquer. FREEDOM OR FREE STUFF- YOU GET ONE CHOICE, CHOOSE WISELY)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
*BUMP*

I posted this from another source; I'd searched by title and got no results. I hadn't see it at all.

More people need to be made aware so they can be extra careful with their donation dollars.

10 posted on 09/10/2012 2:58:45 PM PDT by newzjunkey (Election night is 58 days away.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Registrant:
Coalition of Americans for Political Equality PAC
1776 I Street NW
9th Floor
Washington, District of Columbia 20006
United States

Registered through: GoDaddy.com, LLC (http://www.godaddy.com)
Domain Name: CAPEPAC.COM
Created on: 09-Feb-11
Expires on: 09-Feb-13
Last Updated on: 09-Feb-11

Administrative Contact:
CAPE PAC, Team
Coalition of Americans for Political Equality PAC
1776 I Street NW
9th Floor
Washington, District of Columbia 20006
United States
+1.2025121141

Technical Contact:
CAPE PAC, Team
Coalition of Americans for Political Equality PAC
1776 I Street NW
9th Floor
Washington, District of Columbia 20006
United States
+1.2025121141

Domain servers in listed order:
NS67.DOMAINCONTROL.COM
NS68.DOMAINCONTROL.COM

whois capepac.org


11 posted on 09/10/2012 3:08:14 PM PDT by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto.)
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To: combat_boots
Coalition of Americans for Political Equality PAC

Sounds suspicious to me. Is there any way we can find out how they spend their money?

12 posted on 09/10/2012 3:14:18 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic (Joe Biden is reported to be seeking asylum in a foreign country so he does not have to debate Ryan.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

My personal opinion is that the best way to support a candidate is to talk to people about him/her, and to put up yard signs, etc.

What are the PACs going to do with your money? Call people and put up yard signs. Do it yourself and eliminate the middle man.

I’m not saying don’t donate. Of course campaigns still have other expenses. But think about where the money goes. IMO a few homemade signs are more powerful than a sea of mass-produced signs. Think about the tea party rallies. Not slick. Genuine grassroots.


13 posted on 09/10/2012 3:15:52 PM PDT by generally (Don't be stupid. We have politicians for that.)
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To: newzjunkey

Yes indeed! I don’t know why it did not show up in search. You and I have the same name for the title.


14 posted on 09/10/2012 3:16:47 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic (Joe Biden is reported to be seeking asylum in a foreign country so he does not have to debate Ryan.)
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To: combat_boots

Wonder what is at the physical address?


15 posted on 09/10/2012 4:19:31 PM PDT by Lynne
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To: combat_boots; All

GoDaddy has been down since earlier today in a denial of service hacker attack, since they host a lot of anti-Obama sites. And one of the mystery PACs


16 posted on 09/10/2012 5:01:20 PM PDT by FARS (Be Healthy, Happy and Thrive)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
Sounds suspicious to me.

They have a website...

About Cape Pac

17 posted on 09/10/2012 8:34:06 PM PDT by NoCmpromiz (John 14:6 is a non-pluralistic comment.)
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To: GeronL
“obscure political group”

???

"It actually says, "...obscure conservative group..."

I highly doubt thieves are conservative in any way, but hey, it's the National Journal. A glance at their splash page will tell you that they're definitely not conservative, and thus would drop that little bomb into their story.

18 posted on 09/11/2012 4:11:50 AM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: TheOldLady

I missed a whole word.

lol.

I saw that, thieves are usually not conservative. Go to a prison and see how many are Republicans.


19 posted on 09/11/2012 5:58:33 AM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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