Specter Walks It Back
Yesterday, I mentioned the crassness of Arlen Specter putting together a site that looked like a plea for money for cancer research, when in actuality all the donations went toward his re-election campaign. Turns out his campaign was sufficiently embarrassed by the criticism surrounding this that they quietly changed the language, foregrounding the ask of donations for his re-election.
Ultimately, I think these astroturf sites don't fool anyone, and manufacturing a scandal based on people who may have given money expecting it to go to cancer research is a bit of a stretch. But politicians, take note - this kind of stuff makes you look terrible, and it's not worth it.