March 9th, 2010
03:01 PM ET
10 years ago

Anti-Whitman Web site turns to public for dirt

Meg Whitman is the target of a Web campaign designed to 'fully vet' her credentials.

Meg Whitman is the target of a Web campaign designed to 'fully vet' her credentials.

(CNN) - Opponents of Meg Whitman's gubernatorial campaign have launched a Web site that relies on the public to help them "fully vet" the Republican candidate's credentials. is marketed as a "bold new experiment in democracy."

The open source site encourages users to post information about the former eBay CEO in categories including "eBay Stories," "Meg History" and "Meg Sightings."

The site was launched Monday by Level The Playing Field 2010, a group run by California Democratic strategists who support Democratic candidate Jerry Brown. discloses that "the structure of the project allows anyone with an Internet connection to alter its content," so its creators can't guarantee that what is posted is accurate. Users are asked to link to their sources or identify themselves if they are contributing first-hand information.

Sean Clegg, campaign manager for Level The Playing Field, said the site is monitored for editorial content, but the hope is that as the project moves forward, "the online community that's been created by it will begin to essentially govern itself."

Asked about the site, Whitman's campaigned deferred to its intern, Marcheta Marshall, who said in a statement: "Looks like these guys are pretty worried about Meg.

"Just like Wikipedia, I'm sure my professors won't even allow me to use it as a source for my term papers. So why does Jerry Brown's silly front group think it's good enough for voters? I know reporters won't be fooled into promoting made-up information on a gossip site."

Marshall's e-mail signature described her as "Director, responses to silly media stunts by underfunded Team Brown front groups."

Filed under: 2010 • California • Meg Whitman
soundoff (20 Responses)
  1. Susie

    Typical. Republicans scoffed at reports from Alaskans concerning Palin's behavior and ethics, called them 'the work of Democrats,' even though they came from ordinary REPUBLICAN posters. Now they are organizing a site to tell tales on Meg Whitman. And just who will verify all these tales of sin? You one...they will all be accepted as submitted, made into commercials, and plastered all over CA. I am no fan of Whitman, but this is on a par with Liz Cheney's horrendous commercial vilifying the DOJ, and Palin and her phantom death panels. Republicans are getting pretty desperate.

    March 9, 2010 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  2. Fair is Fair

    Wow... this is wrong in too many ways to be numbered.

    March 9, 2010 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  3. LacrosseMom

    Another Billionaire buying their position into the government.

    March 9, 2010 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  4. James Napoli

    Whitman is trying to purchase political office. The state of things in California.

    March 9, 2010 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  5. Enough

    Enough already, we know we will be getting Gov. Moonbeam and we are not looking forward to it. California doesn't want a responsible person with business experience.............NO, that would mean less entitlements from the Gimme state. Nope, we will stick with a career politician who will tax the living daylights out of those with a job to pay for all the freebie programs. And then they wonder why businesses and tax paying citizens flee California like it was Wildfire season.

    March 9, 2010 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  6. Not Blue, Not Red, but Purple

    NOthing like dealing in facts...Oh how the mighty have fallen!

    March 9, 2010 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  7. SLM

    Wake up we REALLY want Gov. Moonbeam back? Think before you vote, do we really want another career politician running our already bankrupt state further into the ground? Higher taxes in the already over taxed California are on the way.........after all, you wouldn't want to cut out any of the liberal spending programs, would you?

    March 9, 2010 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  8. Donatella

    What a dog!!!

    March 9, 2010 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  9. R

    You've gotta been kidding? This is really immature. I think Jerry has had his day.

    March 9, 2010 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  10. rdepontb

    Seems like the press usually takes care of getting this kind of information out there for the public to vet for itself. But, in this era, maybe this experiment has great value; I'm sure it will be monitored heavily by all sides.

    The press, the Whitman campaign, the Brown campaign, third party folks-all can get their fill of either gossip, lies, or little-known information. In time-who knows how long-it may turn out to be a boon to transparency.

    Or, of course, be manipulated by the one with the most money and loosest morals. What are you made of, California? We shall see.

    March 9, 2010 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  11. Failure

    Failed CEO's have no business in politics.

    March 9, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  12. awaitingliberalizationbyCNN

    Another scummy tactic by a left wing, that outdoes it self in slimy, scummy tricks and is the proud sponsor of ACORN,, Code Pink and of course all of lying Al Gores oganizations. Funded by the Chicago mafia and SEIU.

    March 9, 2010 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  13. carlos

    JERRY BROWN....the only CHOICE.......done with the repugnant reptiles (poor reptiles getting a bad rap)

    March 9, 2010 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  14. Albert R. K. . L.A., CA

    What has she ever really done? What does it take to run ebay? There are no goods to order, no goods to sell, no goods to deliver, no goods to have to stand behind! All eBay does is charge sellers and buyers for doing their business, but even at that eBay (Meg) was unable to sell that Alaska jet Sarah Palin listed. Sarah and Meg – two quitters.

    March 9, 2010 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  15. Walter

    If nothing else, it will be interesting to see how a privileged corporate big-wig reacts to getting the same sort of attention that professional politicians get all the time.

    March 9, 2010 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  16. lori

    This Californian will not be voting for her, especially someone who doesn't vote, but wants to run for office and expect people to vote for her.
    Umm no thank you, besides we have a Republican Governor and look at the mess we're in now.

    March 9, 2010 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  17. Eve

    Are you kidding?? This is the way of politics now? Gossip as truth? This is a stupid thing to do.

    March 9, 2010 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  18. Bugs in Pa.

    Level the playing field ?
    Oh yeah, thats where you fill low spots with dirt.
    What a bunch of maroons !

    March 9, 2010 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  19. Capt. Snarky

    Looks like a prime candidate for some libel suits to me. Anyone with even the slightest axe to grind is going to contribute, and if there's no "real" vetting, it is all heresay. If I were Whitman, my lawyer would be checking that site daily...................

    March 9, 2010 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  20. Ready for 2012

    Sounds interesting, and entertaining.

    March 9, 2010 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |