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Deceptive Campaign Websites Tied to Children First Volunteer

The URLs seemed to promote anti-incumbent Capo Unified candidates or organizations but instead took visitors to pro-incumbent sites. GoDaddy fingers Chris Korpi as the culprit, but he blames an impostor.

An active volunteer for the advocacy group Capistrano Unified Children First appears to be behind at least some of the sneaky website addresses that led visitors to opposing candidates' websites, according to GoDaddy.com, which hosts the sites.

In a letter sent to attorney Wayne Tate by GoDaddy, which hosted at least six misleading URLS, Chris Korpi was identified as the person who bought www.juliecollier.com and www.parentsadvocateleague.com, which initially redirected visitors to school board President Gary Pritchard's campaign site and Children First's website, respectively.

Korpi denied registering the domain names, saying someone is impersonating him too.

“It’s all an attempt to point me in the direction of something I’m not involved in. I categorically deny it,” Korpi said.

In recent financial disclosures, Children First listed a $134.61 payment to GoDaddy. Children First Treasurer Gail Benda said the money covered fees for the group’s own website. Patch asked for a copy of the receipt but has not received it.

Other financial documents show Korpi provided “campaign management services” this year to school board Trustee John Alpay, who is also running for re-election in November. One of the misleading URLs went to Alpay's campaign site. He and Pritchard are both endorsed by Children First.

Alpay said, "It would be inaccurate to refer to him [Korpi] as my campaign manager."

Korpi blamed the misleading web addresses on political opponents, noting he hasn’t run the business named in the GoDaddy email, Korpi Marketing Services, for eight years, and that all his contact information listed is publicly available for someone to steal his identity.

Korpi said the political tactic is more in the wheelhouse of Jennifer Beall, a longtime CUSD critic and wife of Rancho Santa Margarita Mayor Tony Beall, who took a front-and-center role in the 2010 elections.

“This is the type of dirty tricks they’ve been doing since 2010,” Korpi said, and mentioned Beall and Capo Unified candidate Jim Reardon by name.

Beall responded that Korpi’s allegations amount to defamation.

“He will be held accountable,” she said. “At no time in my life have I ever had anything to do with any websites with redirects.”

A GoDaddy representative said the company cannot confirm whether  the person who supplied all the information to purchase the domain names was indeed Chris Korpi.

“Please note that the contact information [for the websites] was provided by the registrant of the domain names ... [so] Go Daddy cannot guarantee its accuracy,” said spokeswoman Stephanie Bracken.

Other targets of the deceptive websites include Collier’s group, which supports an education reform agenda at odds with Children First, and school board candidate Bill Perkins in Aliso Viejo, whose namesake URL redirected web surfers to opponent Pritchard’s site.

There were also fake URLs for Dawn Urbanek, an outspoken critic of Capistrano Unified, Hold CUSD Accountable, another group critical of the current regime and San Juan Capistrano Patch.

Only the bogus address for Hold CUSD Accountable, www.holdcusdaccountable.com, still redirects people to Children’s First website. The rest have been disabled and lead to a generic GoDaddy page.

Collier, whose organization does not endorse CUSD candidates, issued a statement saying:

It's incredibly disappointing to me that parents are a target of a person associated with a political organization that backs candidates making critical decisions for children and their futures. It is beyond my comprehension how tactics like this can be used by Mr. Korpi through his association with Children First, an organization that backs John Alpay and Gary Prtichard, which professes its candidates to have integrity, stability and leadership. This unethical behavior is unacceptable and every parent and voter should take this into consideration in November. 

Anti-incumbent candidate Reardon said Korpi's actions were aimed at distracting voters from the real issues.

"Chris Korpi and Children First continue to mislead parents about the serious issues in CUSD, including a reduction in the school year, classroom overcrowding and the looming financial disaster," he said. "Instead of talking about education, Korpi leads a campaign of deception designed maintain preserve the teacher's-union domination of our school board."  

shelly October 20, 2012 at 05:59 AM
Dadof2, I did read the website and it is a hit piece. It does not just give John Alpay's voting record.
shelly October 20, 2012 at 06:04 AM
Proud Mom, Did you actually read what LeAna and I wrote?
shelly October 20, 2012 at 06:07 AM
Penny, I will ask again. Reread your first paragraph and then reread your quote from godaddy.com. They do not say the same thing. You have stated that you report the facts and rely on documentation. Chris Korpi may well be guilty but did godaddy.com give you documentation to support your first paragraph?
shelly October 20, 2012 at 06:07 AM
Penny, I will ask again. Reread your first paragraph and then reread your quote from godaddy.com. They do not say the same thing. You have stated that you report the facts and rely on documentation. Chris Korpi may well be guilty but did godaddy.com give you documentation to support your first paragraph?
Dadof2 October 20, 2012 at 06:20 AM
Shelly, if you were a lawyer I would hire you in a second! You have an amazing way with telling partial truths, alluding to some kind of collusion of other parties as not find yours guilty of anything. It's called b.s-ing. You say above it wasn't Corpi. You say the editor is out to get people. You say lots of things, but don't actually respond to anything. Sounds just like.....wait for it...l.lMr Alpay. A lawyer in the true sense of the word. He hides behind his lawyer speak, better than you attitude and that's the reason why he has few friends and even fewer supporters. You said whoisjohnalpay.com is a hit piece??? Please give me one example from the site that is not true. Not fact. Not an actual vote or not an actual quote. We're all waiting. Call it like it is. He's a man of no integrity, and will play both sides in order to win. So sad.
Proud Mom October 20, 2012 at 06:23 AM
Shelly and LeAna - Just going off the facts and your prior postings. And yes LeAna, I took the time to read most of your prior posts on many topics, so even though I don't know you, I can assume you will always continue to fight for the teacher's union and not the students. When you claim to be unbiased and only looking at the facts, in actuality you are both always saying the same thing. After reading all your posts LeAna, I know that you and I do not see eye to eye and quite honestly, never will. It is a given with Shelly, as all the bloggers know. So ... I will end with what I know you must hold dear to your hearts, instead of Go"Children's First", it must be Go"Union First" for you both. Way to go girls! See yah ...
PDub October 20, 2012 at 06:28 AM
Blammo Dadof2.... one of my favs....hows that workin out now....? September 1, 2010: “Under no circumstances shall I seek or accept union assistance or support.”
shelly October 20, 2012 at 06:37 AM
Dadof2, Did you actually read what I wrote? Where do I say it was not Korpi? Read again. I do not know if it was or wasn't. I find the act to be smarmy. "Alpay was ANTI-union, now he's their "yes" man." fact or opinion from whoisjohnalpay.com?
shelly October 20, 2012 at 07:00 AM
proud mom, You do not really know either LeAna or me. I do not know you. You do not know my children. Have a wonderful night.
PDub October 20, 2012 at 08:42 AM
Alpay voted to fire teachers. Alpay voted to send final release notices to 348 teachers and employees. (May 9, 2011 CUSD Board Meeting, approved minutes found at http://capousd.ca.schoolloop.com/cms/page_view?d=x&piid=&vpid=1296916884493) ouch...
bbq October 20, 2012 at 01:23 PM
Shelly, as usual, blah, blah, blah.............You have zero credibility! LeAna, same goes for you! Hopefully you will both go away after election day. NO NEW TAXES!!!!
PDub October 20, 2012 at 02:03 PM
Top o' the morning...! Here's one for your cup of Joe voters! Alpay voted for fiscal uncertainty. Alpay voted to certify and authorize the District’s budget that indicated it may not meet its financial obligations for the current and two subsequent fiscal years. (March 12, 2012 CUSD Board Meeting, approved minutes found at http://capousd.ca.schoolloop.com/file/1229223560406/1218998864154/5489584060935831359.pdf)
Penny Arévalo (Editor) October 20, 2012 at 02:22 PM
Hopefully, they will NOT go away. Patch is not for you or people who think only like you. Patch is for everyone. :-)
Eric Bergstrom October 20, 2012 at 03:15 PM
BAZINGA (BTW, are you related to the Great Kazoo?) The "slant & rant" isn't Patch. It's the people. This is their forum. Just like the world we live in, we take the good with the bad.
Penny Arévalo (Editor) October 20, 2012 at 03:20 PM
I think Bazinga is taking his/her name from "The Big Bang." And to that, I tip my hat. Great penname!
Eric Bergstrom October 20, 2012 at 03:26 PM
Bill Perkins paid to advertise on Patch. The same opportunities were made available to all of the candidates. The same way they had opportunities to buy yard signs and various other media options. Seems to me that Perkins invested wisely.
shelly October 20, 2012 at 04:14 PM
Penny, "was behind" is different then "implicated" or "may be behind". And as you investigate further you may come up with proof that the "was behind" is proven but until then what you have written comes off as unfactual or a contradiction or biased. Reread what you have written.
Penny Arévalo (Editor) October 20, 2012 at 04:44 PM
Shelly, we have reviewed your point and agree. We have changed the lead to "appears to be behind." Thank you for your input.
randy October 20, 2012 at 06:18 PM
With special thanks to Bush famous tax cuts.
fact checker October 20, 2012 at 06:55 PM
Where was your outrage when posters on these boards and others were impersonated? That is why the OCR changed its policy on anonymous postings.
fact checker October 20, 2012 at 07:05 PM
Proud Mom, Just to keep this factual, LeAna and Shelly have stated before that they are not teachers and therefore cannot belong to the teachers union. Chris Korpi is also not a teacher and not a member. I remember when LeAna stated that she is not a fan of unions. She has since changed her mind a bit, based on postings on these boards and believes there is, indeed, a need for teachers to have the protection of a union. Shelly is a teacher supporter but I do not know her opinion of unions since, as I recall, she has never stated it. No one here knows Chris Korpi's opinions on unions since, again to the best of my knowledge he hasn't stated them in any quotes I have read. This article is not about unions. Why would you make that reference?
fact checker October 20, 2012 at 07:08 PM
Prop 32 has nothing to do with fraudulent election practices. Please don't misinform people that it does.
fact checker October 20, 2012 at 07:17 PM
And there you have it...one small mea culpa in the middle of a long comments section. This article was biased and has been corrected. No mention in the article...just a change of wording. Shelly, thank you for your vigilance and your dedication to the truth. Keep up the good fight. Anyone care to comment on the biased statement from the Patch that was finally corrected?
bbq October 21, 2012 at 05:27 AM
Penny, Thanks for the clarification. Patch is not for me. I guess it's safe to say Patch is not for people who seek truth and honesty, but those twisting the truth to push their own political agenda?!
Penny Arévalo (Editor) October 21, 2012 at 05:43 AM
bbq, I get it! Forgot a word. Patch is not JUST for you. That better? Patch is for everyone. And yes, we are very much seeking truth and honesty. That's our agenda as the reporters and editors. That's why I pushed CF into handing over the receipt and why we considered Shelly's criticism about the lead seriously. If we were just advancing a cause, we would not have done those things. The commentators may have agendas, true. For example, yours is "no new taxes." And you are welcome to say that, just as often as others who want to call for passing Prop. 30. All are welcome here. :-)
PDub October 23, 2012 at 01:00 AM
well wel well.....it was Alpay.....everyone should be demanding his immediate resignation. Email the superintendent personally if you think this is a gross miuse of the office and horrible example for children....Can you imagine what his kids are going to think??? CUSD Trustee Alpay Behind One of the Misleading Domain Names http://link.patch.com/view/50522fb48bb0acb08e8a5ccaop90.bs/d7ce47f9
bbq October 23, 2012 at 01:57 AM
Penny, I left out a word as well. I should have said "organized political agenda." I am not part of an organized group that uses deception and sleezy tactics to further their cause. I think and speak for myself and try to expose BS when I see it.
Capo Parent October 23, 2012 at 06:34 PM
MM Maddox has been gone for 2 years. CUSD is a joke, and your whining about Maddox while CUSD is burning is pathetic. Before the union took control of CUSD it had a real, honestly balanced budget. When the foxes run the hen house you get what we call CUSD.
Capo Parent October 23, 2012 at 06:37 PM
So you're trying to show that he is insidious, sneaky, deceitful and smart. What a combination. You also forgot to add that he is a cyber impersonator.
Capo Parent October 23, 2012 at 07:04 PM
Stop the BS, it was Chris Korpi. Let's see how he responds to having to pony up who actually paid for the websites he registered. I guess if it shows Korpi, or better yet, I'llpay, what will Shelly, LeAna, Fact Checker, CPToo and the rest of the union lovers to say. I know, not only was Korpi's ID stolen, but his credit card as well. It is amazing that they actually defend Korpi and I'llpay. Of course, don't forget the role of Union First aka Children First. The imposter website created by I'llpay redirects the viewer to Children First, which just so happens to have endorsed I'llpay.

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