NOT Made in Alaska – DC Dan Buys from New Zealand
Earlier this week Jeanne Devon documented the hilariously unfortunate copy and paste job of Dan Sullivan’s website.
“Carpetbagging Republican Senate candidate Dan Sullivan (OH->DC->AK) is running against incumbent Senator Mark Begich (D-AK) this fall. When serious and professional candidates run for office, they usually hire someone to develop a website for their candidacy.”
The Mudflats has now uncovered some new issues on his site. This time they’re not just from out of state, they’re from the other side of the planet.
New Zealand, in fact.
Most Alaskan politicos have their own stock of photography from their years in Alaska – photos of the candidate fishing in Bristol Bay, sailing near Homer, shooting something, or climbing Denali. DC Dan seems to have to rely on iStock from Getty. I’m not knocking stock photography; I have work on sites similar to this – but if I was running for Senate, I might look to the local stock photo sites first.
Buying from out of state is one thing, but I did a bit more digging. The proud Second Amendment photo circled below is not only taken by someone from New Zealand, it is actually taken in New Zealand. That’s taking outsourcing to a whole new level.
In fact, as far as I can tell, all of the photos here are taken by out of state photographers (with the ironic exception of the ‘jobs & the economy’ photo which I have not been able to trace).
DC Dan isn’t really from Alaska, so I guess his photos just follow suit.
Getty Photography (who owns iStock) confirmed through an e-mail that the photo is indeed not the scenic landscape of Alaska – but the “Kaimanawa Forest Park, North Island, New Zealand.” While New Zealand may be an excellent setting for Lord of the Rings, I’m not sure it works as a backdrop for an Alaskan political website. But hey. At least it’s the North Island.
The other candidates:
A quick look at Mark Begich’s site shows little or no stock photos – same goes with Mead Treadwell. Both the Senator and the Lt. Governor have very few photos on their sites in which they don’t personally appear. In fact, both Mark and Mead have campaign videos that showcase Alaska quite well. Though, as a filmmaker and editor I will say Mark’s new ad is probably the best one I’ve seen since Scott McAdams’ run for the Senate in 2010.