Target: National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Greg Walden
Goal: Stop disguising campaign material as objective news sites
Voters seeking accurate information about candidates for federal office will have a harder time of it now that they must dodge partisan press releases masquerading as legitimate news. The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) has created approximately two dozen fake news sites, each targeting a different liberal candidate for office. They are designed to look like local news websites containing objective reporting about local politicians. The content, however, is one-sided and intended to turn voters against the NRCC’s ideological foes. According to The Rachel Maddow Show, an NRCC spokesperson characterized the websites as “a new and effective way to disseminate information”, but it is difficult to see them as anything other than attempts to mislead.
The NRCC’s own website describes the organization as “a political committee devoted to increasing the Republican majority in the U.S. House of Representatives.” There is, of course, nothing wrong with working to further the interests of your political party of choice. The NRCC is free to talk up its candidates and encourage people to vote for them, and to try to steer people away from voting for liberal candidates. But this advocacy should take place out in the open, and everyone should know whether they are reading a political pitch or a piece of news. If the NRCC cannot support its chosen candidates without resorting to such trickery, they should reexamine the people they support.
The Chairman of the NRCC is Representative Greg Walden, and he has the power to take down the misleading websites and prevent the creation of more. The deception of voters must be put to an end. By signing this petition, you will urge the chairman to cease efforts to disguise partisan arguments as neutral information.
Dear Chairman Walden,
The National Republican Congressional Committee has recently launched several dozen websites that appear to the casual observer to be those of local news organizations. However, they are actually partisan articles from the NRCC itself. These websites are transparent attempts to mislead voters into opposing liberal candidates. This unethical practice must be stopped.
The NRCC should be perfectly able to support its candidates without having to resort to trickery of this kind. As the chairman of the NRCC, you have the power to stop this misleading activity now. I urge you to cease your efforts to confuse and mislead voters.
[Your Name Here]
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