Are College Republicians immoral?

<p>College Republicians aggressively target donors including elderly and spend 93 % of their donations on fundraising expenses, and not directly on any Republician campaigns. They have raised over 6.3 million dollars this year, but are not affliated with the Republician National Committee.
Are they dishonest or merely enterprising?</p>

<p><a href="http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2002075044_repubs28m.html%5B/url%5D"&gt;http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2002075044_repubs28m.html&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p>

<p>"The College Republican National Committee has raised $6.3 million this year through an aggressive and misleading fund-raising campaign that collected money from senior citizens who thought they were giving to the election efforts of President Bush and other top Republicans.</p>

<p>Many of the top donors were in their 80s and 90s. The donors wrote checks — sometimes hundreds and, in at least one case, totaling more than $100,000 — to groups with official sounding-names such as "Republican Headquarters 2004," "Republican Elections Committee" and the "National Republican Campaign Fund."</p>

<p>But all of those groups, according to the small print on the letters, were simply projects of the College Republicans, who collected all of the checks.</p>

<p>And little of the money went to election efforts."</p>

<p>Interesting.will look into. Have you seen this website?</p>

<p><a href="http://www.factcheck.org%5B/url%5D"&gt;www.factcheck.org&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p>

<p>As an independent, I find this website interesting as it appears to cut through the political nonsense that is all over the media right now!</p>

<p>Songman, factcheck.org is a good site. An interesting sidenote- Cheney referred to it in his debate with Edwards except he called it factcheck.com. George Soros immediately bought the rights to factcheck.com and so if anyone clicked on to the site the next day, they got George Soros telling them why they should vote for Kerry. </p>

<p>Emeraldkity, I would comment but I'm directing my anger towards the Republicans in different channels. They weren't much appreciated on this site. I read your posts and am silently agreeing.</p>

<p>Hey-farenhype 911 says that Soros owned more of teh Carlyle Group then the Bush's did. Moore never mentioned that. Then again Moore claims to not be tied to Soros. Do oyu think Soros cornered the market in oil like the hUnt Bros did with silver in the early 80's to make Bush look bad. Disclaimer- I support neither Bush nor Kerry- Like to look at both sides though</p>

<p>I am pretty republican, but I can whole heartedly agree that college republicans are usually so far ro the right they turn most people off.</p>

<p>I think that article turned me more against senior citizens than republicans. Honestly, they donated the money of their own free will. Yeah, there was heavy soliciting, but it's not like the repubs embezzled funds or something. They should not be so outraged that their checks are bouncing when they should be keeping track themselves of how much money they donate.</p>

<p>If you read the article you will see that some of the elderly took out loans in order to donate. Elderly are targeted pretty heavily and relentlessly. Targeting people that are upward of 80-90 yrs old is like taking candy from a baby and about as sleazy.</p>

<p>Even not taking into account that much money came from people who could ill afford to spend it on something without any return for them, why are the College Republicians no longer affilated with the Republician party? why is the majority of the money they raise going to pay for their fundraising expenses, and not toward getting any candidate elected or bill passed?</p>

<p>Yeah, so if they took out loans, they obviously knew what they were doing. Honestly, after 80 or 90 years of life, you should have figured out that people are a bunch of scammers.</p>

<p>I just have to add a correction to my post about factcheck. It no longer links to George Soros site. I guess he didn't buy the rights but I did go to the site the next day and there was a link- don't know what happened. Also wondering- how many of you are in a battleground state and actually get to see all these ads and have candidates visiting every week?</p>

<p>I think it is pretty disgusting personally for College republicans to target elderly like they do. I think that it's pretty naive to assume just because someone is old, they are not target to scams. Elderly people are generally nicer and less aware of things. I think that this organization is sick for doing this, but someone who happens to be in it isn't a bad person either.</p>

<p>Liz: I think factcheck.com is a real site registered in Cayman Island. They were mad after the C comment, and redirected their traffic to Soros site as an act of revenge.</p>

<p>This from their site"</p>

<p>During the 5 October 2004, debate between United States candidates for the office of vice president, the incumbent Vice President Cheney responded to an issue by referring viewers to "factcheck.com". Mr. Cheney apparently intended to refer viewers to factcheck.org instead of factcheck.com.</p>

<p>The website "factcheck.com" is operated by Name Administration Inc., a privately held company based in the Cayman Islands. Traditionally, internet addresses ending in ".com" have been intended for commercial purposes, while ".org" has been intended for use by non-profit organizations, such as the "factcheck.org" website operated by the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania.</p>

<p>Name Administration Inc. is a leading domain name administrator, website developer and internet traffic syndicator. Name Administration Inc. utilizes a portfolio of generic domain names, such as antarctica.com, lipbalm.com, and others as stand alone websites which collectively form an integrated advertising network offering users relevant paid search advertisements and information. "Factcheck.com" was registered by Name Administration long before the U.S. vice presidential debate for use in providing a directory of commercial providers of information resources relevant to the generic term "fact check".</p>

<p>When Mr. Cheney mis-spoke, viewers heeded his advice and visited factcheck.com in staggeringly large numbers. Name Administration re-directed this traffic for several reasons - to protect our servers from the potential for damage caused by Mr. Cheney's error, and as a service to our advertisers. Our advertisers intend to pay for potential customers to their websites instead of observers of political current events.</p>

<p>Name Administration re-directed those visitors to a website relevant to U.S. politics. Name Administration chose the website of investor, philanthropist, and political activist Mr. George Soros, because his website is well-funded, does not seek to raise funds from visitors, and had greater capacity to absorb the load of visitors, reaching over 100 visitors per second during peak times after the debate. An administrator for the Annenberg Public Policy Center has since informed us that their web server system would have been severely crippled by the load, had we directed the traffic to them. Contrary to some imaginative rumors spun by some, our action was undertaken on a voluntary and emergency basis, with no prior communication or consultation with the Soros organization. As confirmed by our legal counsel in response to media inquiries, Name Administration Inc. has not been offered, and has not sought, any inducement, compensation, or other consideration from any individual or organization for re-directed the resulting web traffic.</p>

<p>Traffic to factcheck.com has begun to return to normal levels, and Name Administration Inc. has restored the website to its original and intended use. Name Administration Inc. wishes the citizens of the United States well in the selection of their leaders, whose actions can sometimes have unintended consequences beyond the borders of the United States.</p>