Republicans have accused Democratic U.S. House candidate Stephanie Herseth of maintaining a secret Web page to receive campaign donations raised from ads on liberal groups' Internet sites.Yup. They're on to us. Our little subculture. Because as we all know, if there's one time-tested tried and true way of raising as much money on a grand grassroots scale as you possibly can imagine, it's via...a...secret, uh...website.
Herseth faces Republican Larry Diedrich in a June 1 special election to fill the vacancy left when Bill Janklow resigned as South Dakota's lone member of the U.S. House.
Jason Glodt, executive director of the South Dakota Republican Party, said the Herseth campaign arranged the special Internet donation site to prevent most South Dakotans from knowing about Herseth's relationship with such liberal groups.
"There's a reason she's got that secret site. She doesn't want to advertise the fact she's doing this," Glodt said Thursday.
Herseth bought ads on several blogs like Atrios, Daily Kos and most importantly - not Hoffmania! - to reach her how do we say...core consitituency? It's called focused marketing.
But if the Republicans, in their infinite jurassic ignorance, want to call it "maintaining a secret site," well, we'll just have to be left to wonder how secrecy raises cash. Let me know how it's done.