Over the weekend, I followed a Google text ad in my Gmail inbox (the modern equivalent of “surfing the ‘net”) to a website calling itself Not Robin Hood, attacking the integrity of campaign software vendor NGP. At contention is NGP’s claim that it provides its services exclusively to Democrats, reflected by the donkey in its logo. Here is what Not Robin Hood looks like:
The site quotes NGP chairman Nathaniel Pearlman saying:
Robin never robbed an honest tradesman. My identification with Robin Hood fit.
NGP Software is being sued in U.S. District Court (Aristotle v. NGP, D.C. CA 05-1700) for allegedly making false and deceptive advertising claims about its exclusive devotion to “Democrats and their allies”, and trading on that supposed purity for commercial gain.
Who is Aristotle? It’s NGP’s chief competitor, but which provides its services to politicians of both major parties. One can easily imagine that NGP’s claim to being Democratic-only is a competitive advantage when trying to win the business of Democratic clients, although I have not looked closely at the dispute and make no judgment as to Aristotle’s claims.