The National Republican Congressional Committee has set up a number of websites that look like they could be a Democratic candidate’s campaign page, unless you read the fine print. They may even violate a Federal Election Commission regulation, Campaign Legal Center expert Paul S. Ryan explained to ThinkProgress.
The NRCC has set up these pages for various congressional opponents, including Amanda Renteria, Martha Roberston, Kyrsten Sinema, Amy Kirkpatrick, Alex Sink, and John Tierney. Each follow a similar format, they list the candidate’s name “for Congress” to ask for donations.
Note that it says “make a contribution to help defeat Alex Sink and candidates like her.”
Ms. Sink is running in a special election in Florida to replace the late Rep. Bill Young (R).
Such deceptive ads violate Federal Election Commission rules, but knowing how fast they work, it’ll be long after the election is over before they do anything about it.