NC GOP Name-Jacks NC State Senate

The NC GOP has name-jacked the NC State Senate. The NC Senate Republican Caucus is rolling out an online media campaign begun in January by consultant & executive director Jim Blaine. Using at least 4 domain names combined with Twitter & YouTube accounts the NC GOP has created a partisan cul-de-sac for unsuspecting web surfers looking for legitimate information about the NC State Senate.

The domain names ncstatesenate.com, ncstatesenate.org, ncstatesenators.com and myncsenate.com all direct to the same website. These 4 domains are registered variously to Jim Blaine and Linda Daves and share 2 IP addresses. The site is partisan with no general information about the legislative body. The site does not even provide a link through to the real NC State Senate site nor does it provide a disclaimer that it is not an official State website.

The only contact information on the site is for the NC GOP and for Republican State Senator Phil Berger. It includes his official state telephone number and state email address and includes a contribution button. Berger's fan page on Facebook contains links to ncstatesenate.com.

The NC GOP made much of the alleged Twitter-jacking of legislator Skip Stam's name but apparently has no qualms about its own name-jacking of an entire legislative body. The MyNCSenate account on Twitter lists the ncstatesenate.com domain name as its website and has a corresponding MyNCSenate YouTube account.

It is not apparent that any established law is being broken but it sure looks as if ethical boundaries are being stretched way past their elastic limits. Active links to these sites have not been provided in this post to reduce the flow of "Google juice". Legitimate information about the NC State Senate can be found at ncleg.net.

Comments

Great catch Greg

What a bunch of hypocrites.



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Where is our twitter-happy NC Capitol Press Corps?

Thanks for blogging about this on BlueNC, Greg.

It's a damn shame no MSMer's asked about this since JANUARY.

Good to know that Binker just spent this morning regurgitating GOP talking points from the GOP twin masters of "NO" Stam and Berger's weekly dog and pony show.

Anyone want reporters to report any non-GOP scripted moments? When Stam was "twitter-jacked" it was a witch hunt on Jones Street not seen since the days of yore in Salem.

This multi-media jacking apparently doesn't rate with the press corps.

 

2 wrongs don't make the right right

Berger staffer & former GOP spokesperson replies on Twitter:

@BrentWoodcox: 
@gregflynn 
Just saying http://www.ncsenate.org/

The Senate Democratic Caucus has a site with a domain name that has been on the books for a year. The site is more informative its origins than the Republican site but no less of a dead-end. A pox on both their houses, or should I say, senate caucuses. The online carpet bombing by the GOP is an escalation that serves to further confuse the public. All such sites should provide clear disclaimers and links to genuine sites.

Woodcox dares comment on this?

Astounding.

Let's revisit the not-too-distant past when MSMer's yet again trumpet the pronouncements of NC GOPers (that would be The Honorable Messr. Stam) at....a weekly press conference.

Step back in time with me.

When hypocrisy flows down like water....

 

Steal from Nathan and Rob other Republicans name Paul?

These 4 domains are registered variously to Jim Blaine and Linda Daves and share 2 IP addresses. The site is partisan with no general information about the legislative body. The site does not even provide a link through to the real NC State Senate site nor does it provide a disclaimer that it is not an official State website.* Greg

Ah the old Nathan Tabor Religious Net trick! Nathan is the only Neo-Con Republican in the State of North Carolina that stole and registered over 10,000 domain names of National and local Candiates in a 5 year period. No doubt Jim and Linda have stoled from Nathan! One wonders if they know he is a Republican since the Republican Party is in Shambles from the top to the bottom of Republican stupidity

Another one

Forgot to mention that the NC Senate Republican Caucus also has another YouTube account established in January with the user name NCSenate.

I guess the only way they stand a chance

at anything is to obfuscate and lie in hopes of confusing voters. Gotta love that family values crowd.

Yeah, not something I'd get too worked up over

Not sure were the best champions of the Wild Wild Web morality police. Although my navel lint disagrees.

By "we" ... do you mean Democrats?

If so, then you're absolutely right. If by "we" you mean BlueNC, then I'd disagree.

(Hey Dome, if you write a story about how both political parties are abusing the public trust with these shenanigans, I'm sure we can find you plenty of sources with appropriate levels of outrage.)

Tit for Tat

The Republican online array of multiple sites is apparently a response to the Democratic site but that doesn't make it right.

It is worth worrying about because it makes government less transparent to people who have the least amount of information.

I agree that it's worrisome

and it pisses me off that both parties are actively engaged in intentional obfuscation.

It may not be the biggest fish to fry, but to me it's symptomatic of deep cynicism ... and it breeds even more cynicism.

My worrisome fish fry...or something cooked badly

is the media's selective reporting.

Rep. Skip Stam's "twitter-jacking" was high drama with multiple articles for several days in many news outlets.

This item was never heard of until Greg brought it up.

And, of course, Betsy noted on her twitter account that the "Stam twitter-jacking" was merely an variation of something that has long been happening in politics with web site "jacking"

Betsy's observation was rebuffed by the NC Capitol Press Corps, who then decided to continue persuing the Stam-twitter story, but nothing about web domain squatting.

It's a selective media thing for me.