Tim Burns website crashes amid fundraising push

The campaign website of businessman Tim Burns (R) crashed Friday morning as it was in the midst of a so-called "money bomb" tied to the visit of Vice President Joe Biden to Pennsylvania.

But it wasn't because of foul play, said Kent Gates, a spokesman for the campaign. "It is a problem with the hosting company and we tried to get it resolved all day."

By Friday evening, the website was still down.

Biden was in Pittsburgh Friday for a fundraiser for Burns' Democratic opponent, Mark Critz. The two are running to fill the late Rep. John Murtha's (D-Pa.) seat.

The Burns campaign started a money bomb last Friday tied to the visit. Gates said the campaign had surpassed its goal of raising $50,000 by Thursday night morning and was on pace to surpass $60,000 before the site crashed.

Gates said the website hosting company, Network Solutions, "had a bunch of websites that they were hosting crashing" on Friday.

(This post was updated on April 25 at 7:26 p.m.)

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