July 2nd, 2009
08:49 PM ET
13 years ago

Does this thing look like that thing?


(CNN) - Les Otten, a 2010 Republican candidate for the governorship in Maine, is getting slammed by the state's Democratic party for launching a campaign Web site that looks eerily similar to that of Barack Obama's 2008 campaign Web site.

The similarities between the two sites include the fonts, the page layouts and the campaign emblems - which might be indistinguishable if Otten's didn't feature a green mountain in the center and a leaf on the perimeter.

The Otten campaign denied taking any inspiration from Obama's successful effort. "The Les Otten Exploratory Campaign did not copy from anyone's website," it said in a statement. "We built the website up from the letter 'O' because Les' last name begins with the letter 'O.' We used industry standard templates placing images on the website where people's eyes naturally follow."

Filed under: President Obama
soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. Zach K

    As Hillary Clinton Once Said. "Change You Can Xerox."

    Plagarism at its finest, especially from a Republican.

    July 3, 2009 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  2. Mick

    Yet more proof that GOP has no new ideas and never lets the easily visible truth get in the way of their lying propaganda.

    At least they're open to stealing good ideas from the Dems. That's a start. Of course the knuckle dragging Southern right-wing of the GOP will whine and complain but that's why the GOP is rapidly losing its national relevance.

    July 3, 2009 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
  3. brian

    this website looks alot like obama's website somebody should sue him or them

    July 3, 2009 12:24 am at 12:24 am |
  4. Jake Honig

    This is CLEARLY a copy. It's fine if he uses it, just GIVE CREDIT and STOP THE LYING!!!

    July 3, 2009 01:11 am at 1:11 am |
  5. Brett

    it is not copyright.. because it is NOT exactly same as obama's.... stop crybaby in blue party!

    July 3, 2009 01:15 am at 1:15 am |
  6. Patty in the CA mountains

    Another republican that never had an original idea.....

    July 3, 2009 01:19 am at 1:19 am |
  7. Donkey Party

    Imitation is the best form of flattery, unless it's a blatant RepubliCON rip-off of Obama's campaign seal. Pretty rotten Mr. Otten. Stealing a logo isn't going to get you elected.

    July 3, 2009 01:23 am at 1:23 am |
  8. Lanette, WA

    Les Otten is lying, it looks exactly like Obama's.

    He gets an F for orinality.

    Obama/Biden 2012

    July 3, 2009 01:28 am at 1:28 am |
  9. Matt from Toronto, Canada

    ... Seriously? Really?

    "The Les Otten Exploratory Campaign did not copy from anyone's website," What a bunch of lies. Do they really think that people are THAT stupid?

    July 3, 2009 01:31 am at 1:31 am |
  10. T KS

    Spitten Image

    July 3, 2009 01:47 am at 1:47 am |