The awful campaign Web sites of 2014

While most politicians tout savvy online operations, some campaign sites prove this whole digital politics fad only goes so far. In honor of those with “traditional values” in web design, here's a handful of 2014’s worst campaign Web sites.

Candidate: Catherine Ping

(Republican running in IN-07)

Site: www.catping.com


Image courtesy of www.catping.com

Cat Ping clearly has two things to thank for her recent victory in a five-way Republican primary: a blurry header photo featuring the NRA’s Wayne LaPierre, and font that’s dangerously close to Comic Sans.  It may also be because the GOP nomination isn't worth having; this strongly Democratic seat gave President Obama 63 percent of the vote in 2012.

Candidate: John Adams

(Republican running in OH-03)

Site: www.johnadamsforcongress.com


Image courtesy of www.johnadamsforcongress.com

Adams hopes to woo voters with a design that looks like an email invite to your boss’s retirement party.  Adams is running as a Republican in a district where President Obama won 70 percent in 2012.

Candidate: Frank Vondersaar

(Democrat running in Alaska's at-large seat)

Site: sites.google.com/site/vondersaar


Image courtesy of https://sites.google.com/site/vondersaar

Alaska Democrat Frank Vondersaar’s Google sites page seems like exercise in elegant minimalism...or maybe all that white space just represents snow.  Vondersaar is making his second straight bid for the seat. He lost the Democratic primary in 2012.

Candidate: Bob Conaway

(Democrat running in CA-08) 

Site: bobconawayforcongress.blogspot.com


Image courtesy of http://bobconawayforcongress.blogspot.com

It looks like Conaway appreciates a good Blogger.com template. It's unclear whether the candidate believes in paying for custom URL's. Conaway got 19 percent of the vote in the June 3 jungle primary. His problem? Incumbent Republican Rep. Paul Cook got 58 percent.

Candidate: Mikel Weisser

(Democrat running in AZ-04) 

Site: www.mikelweisser.org


Image courtesy of www.mikelweisser.org

Nothing says leadership like cool blue hues and a big pink guitar.

Candidate: Bill Bailey

(Democrat running in IN-09)

Site: www.bbaileyforcongress.com


Image courtesy of www.bbaileyforcongress.com

The design here isn't so bad, especially if you really like corn.

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