For the last 24 hours, the website for the National Republican Congressional Committee was one big Viagra ad.
Users trying to load NRCC.org were greeted with SEO keywords including "viagra thanks remember take viagra," "viagra cheap no prescrip," and other phrases we can't print.
After being hacked by unknown pranksters, the site is now back up and running. Committee spokeswoman Andrea Bozek says it "was not the most pleasant thing to deal with," especially a day before the South Carolina special election, which pits former South Carolina governor Mark Sanford, a Republican, against Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch. (The NRCC pulled its support from Sanford last month after it was learned his ex-wife accused him of trespassing earlier this year, and she declined to comment on it to Whispers. Sanford is now favored to win Tuesday.)
Bozek says members of the committee worked overnight to fix the bugs.
The NRCC unveiled a redesigned website last month that eschews the look of traditional political sites in favor of the design of social news site Buzzfeed.