Dear Arlen Specter

by Pejman Yousefzadeh on May 9, 2009

Arlen SpecterThanks for finally choosing to be non-misleading:

Sen. Arlen Specter’s campaign team has changed the layout of its specterforthecure.com Web site to make it clear that the site is aimed at promoting Specter’s reelection to the Senate.

The move follows criticism that the site – and Specter’s description of it on “Meet the Press” and “Face the Nation” last week – could leave visitors confused into thinking it was raising money to promote medical research.

As POLITICO reported earlier this week, visitors to the earlier version of the site were greeted with a banner promising “A Giant Leap in Turning Cancer into Cures.” While the homepage of most campaign websites feature a photo of the candidate, this one offered a picture of a woman with red tape over her mouth. The caption: “Red tape leaves medical research gasping for breath. It’s time we let loose the winds of a cure.”

Those are still there, but the site has been altered so that a reference to Specter’s reelection campaign – which previously had been buried below the fold, nine paragraphs in – is now in the first paragraph on the site.

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