The Campaign on the Web

March 7 2000 9:30 PM

The Campaign on the Web

By their Web sites ye shall know them. The presidential candidates have staked their places on the Web to raise money, to distribute speeches and position papers, and to show off their cybersavvy. Some sites are better than others. Here's a quick guide.

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Democrats

Al Gore's Web site

Lest anyone associate Gore with Bill Clinton's sex life, two of the departments you can click to from any page are "The Gore Family" and "Tipper Gore." And while other sites gloss over the legal rules for giving money, this contribution form requires donors to check boxes stating, "I am not a foreign national who lacks permanent resident status in the United States," and "The funds I am contributing are my own personal funds and not those of another." The "Agenda"  amplifies proposals on a wonkish array of issues. (The Spanish site is almost as diligently detailed.) Gore underscores his fiscal discipline mantra with a pie chart that lays out how he would allocate the budget surplus. Gore's kid's corner seems geared toward budding geeks. An interactive seek-a-word puzzle takes 20 minutes to solve. Quiz questions include: "How many counties are there in [Iowa]?"

Bottom Line: Cybersprawl

Lyndon LaRouche's Web site

Listen to the uplifting Webcasts of Lyndon wisdom. LaRouche on the American condition: "We've become a nation of cowards, who lie most of the time." A speech warns of the impending world financial crash and advises that "the German General Staff was a Jewish conspiracy!" " LaRouche's Exoneration" page explains how Henry Kissinger framed Lyndon on tax charges (the candidate served five years in federal prison). This page attempts to explain LaRouche's catchy campaign slogan--a call for "A New Bretton Woods." Don't miss LaRouche's campaign humor page. One gem: "By releasing water to permit his canoe trip… Vice-President Gore has dammed himself."

Bottom Line: Now we know who's buying all those drugs from the queen

Green Party

Ralph Nader's Web site
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