Slate, the Industry Standard, and washingtonpost.com join forces to examine the effect of the Internet on Campaign 2000.
After acquiring the site for an undisclosed price, Bernhard relaunched Vote-auction last month with new features, including a "voter empowerment kit." The kit lets users download a form letter asking candidates to pay them directly for their vote instead of spending money on advertising. "Since you are spending so much money on this year's election, why not give it straight to the voters instead?" the letter reads. "For a mere $____, you can influence my vote directly and be assured of my support. I look forward to doing business with you," it closes.