After causing an uproar online, "Sam Scoop" pulled his (or her) anti-Greg Pettis Web site.
The controversial site came down Wednesday after repeated requests from The Desert Sun to figure out who was behind it.
"Due to recent requests, this website has respectfully been disabled," the site reads.
Pettis’ political consultant, Michael Grossman, said it’s a sign that "one of the campaigns knows who’s behind it."
All the 80th Assembly District campaigns – in both parties – have so far denied any knowledge about the Web site.
The intrigue could turn to an investigation.
The Fair Political Practices Commission requires disclosure once an individual makes a $1,000 fair market expenditure supporting or opposing a candidate. Several Web designers have said the Web site could have cost at least that much.
The Secretary of State has no record of a campaign filing for the site. But someone knows: Scoop recently took out a $300 ad with Capitol Weekly.
"It’s helpful for the community to know who’s funding this voice," said Carmen Balber, political reform director with Consumer Watchdog in Santa Monica. "The problem here is that they’re trying to do it anonymously because the concern is that money and politics don’t always mix right."
Well, there’s the Scoop.