By way of an ABC News investigation, both major parties may have found something that brings them together. Scott Peltier of South Hadley, Massachusetts--a suburb of Springfield--has been unmasked as the webmaster behind several Websites masquerading as online outlets for campaign donations. However, the money "donated" has gone straight into Peltier's pocket.
Neither political party was aware of Peltier's sites, which seek campaign contributions, until contacted by ABC News.Apparently the RNC and DNC's lawyers haven't been to court yet--both sites are still up as of about 1:15 pm Eastern.
"Our lawyers are going to take action, file legal proceedings and try to get this to be stopped immediately," said Sean Spicer, communications director for the Republican National Committee.
A spokesman for the Democratic National Committee said its lawyers plan to refer the information uncovered by ABC News to the Federal Election Commission and the Department of Justice for possible prosecution.
"This website is in no way affiliated with the Democratic National Committee and donations to the site are not directed to the Democratic party and or Democratic causes," said spokeswoman Melanie Roussell.
According to an investigation by the Government Accountability Institute into fraudulent campaign donation sites, Peltier maintains dozens of phony donation sites in order to supplement his income as a fuel truck drive. Some of the sites appeared to be raising money for then-Senators Obama and Clinton in the 2008 cycle. ABC did some digging of its own, and it led to the two phony party sites.
Incredibly, Peltier claims he has done nothing illegal, and even had enough balls to call the police when ABC's Brian Ross showed up at his house with a camera crew. Chances are he won't be so big and bad when he's up before a judge.