It looks like California gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman has found a new place to sink her millions: Campaign websites. California Watch reports that her campaign has quite a few, including Jerryfails.com as well as sites for women, students, nurses, Latinos, and Chinese-speaking voters.
Of course, Whitman isn't the only one. Democratic opponent Jerry Brown has his own attack site, Meg-a-Myths.com. But otherwise he doesn't seem to be competing with her demographic conquest of state voters online.
Whitman has spent about $10 million on political consultants, some of which, it would appear, have put their expertise into the digital domain.
And while the state's Fair Political Practices Commission keeps a close eye on attack ads on television to ensure that the money and people behind them are disclosed, campaign websites are a new "wild west," Barbara O'Connor, director emeritus of the Institute for the Study of Politics and Media at CSU Sacramento, told California Watch.
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The FPPC has come up with recommendations to treat the sites the same way it treats TV ads.