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DNC Wants Many Eyes on the GOP

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, June 29 2010


The Democratic National Committee is calling for help in documenting Republican missteps, misstatements, and bad behavior, with a new effort they're calling The Accountability Project.

The Democratic Party says the site -- online at accountabilityproject.com -- is "a platform for you to hold candidates accountable for their claims, their public statements, and their campaign tactics." Supporters can upload video, photos, fliers, emails, audio recordings and more, so that, says party, "candidates see that there's a cost for their dishonesty."

The iconic did-he-really-say-that? moments made possible by the Internet is, of course, former Virginia Senator George Allen's "macaca" incident. But The Accountability Project is of a piece with other, more structured efforts to use technology to pull what happens in campaign shadows and back roads stops into the light of day, like the recent effort by the Guardian to pull readers into tracking what the Tory campaign looked like throughout the UK and the Obama White House's own effort to expose malicious and misleading emails circulating around the web.