Ray Bellamy said he wanted to make a political contribution to Alex Sink a Google search landed him at “http://contribute.sinkforcongress2014.com.”
“It looked legitimate and had a smiling face of Sink and all the trappings of a legitimate site,” Bellamy, a doctor from Tallahassee who follows Florida politics, wrote in an email to the Buzz. (Here’s Sink’s actual site, which uses a similar color scheme.)
What Bellamy overlooked was that the site is designed to raise money against Sink. “I failed to notice the smaller print: Under “Alex Sink Congress” was the sentence ‘Make a contribution today to help defeat Alex Sink and candidates like her,’ ” he said.
After the contribution is made, the site redirects to the NRCC. “Gotcha, sucker!”
I can understand this if it were the work of one campaign, but it’s an actual NRCC strategy. Maybe this is just all for show, and the NRCC is trying to signal that they’ll stop at nothing to win. Even at that, it’s mind-numbingly stupid. Democrats who accidentally contribute to the site are going to contest their charges, and the credit card processor will have to issue refunds (since the site is deceptive). Then, the card processor will either cut off access to the NRCC or they’ll raise their fees, since, duh, customer service for pissed off and ripped off donors costs card processors money.