Ohio law requires political parties to include a disclaimer when posting information on the internet in support or opposition to a candidate or issue. A new website from the Ohio Republican Party, odpwatchdog.com, appears to be in clear violation of Ohio election law because it lacks any type of disclaimer.
I guess this could be a simple beginner’s mistake. After all, Izzy Santa, the ORP’s new Communications Director, doesn’t have a whole lot of experience with Ohio Politics. But this is pretty basic stuff to overlook. Maybe next time ask Bob Bennett? Or better yet: your lawyer?
It’s also possible that Izzy and the ORP are just trying to deceive Ohio’s voters with this website. Which wouldn’t surprise me in the least. After all, the domain of this new website was registered anonymously to intentionally hide to owner, and Izzy does have a history working with that dirtbag James O’Keefe and his Project Veritas (think ACORN/Pimps).
But come on people! If you’re trying to be sneaking, don’t go telling people it’s your website on Facebook!
In fairness to Izzy, her departure from Veritas was not on good terms, but given her past with this shady group, and the history of serious ethical and legal issues association with ORP’s new leadership team, you’d think they would be a little more careful about following the law.