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London, UK, April 11, 2007 – Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign web site is the fastest place to donate online: Barack Obama’s is the slowest. While both Democratic candidates currently lead in the 2008 U.S. presidential campaign fundraising overall, Obama’s poor web site performance could be his ‘Achilles heel’.

These were the lead findings of a new benchmark study of the 2008 presidential candidates’ web sites, released today by Gomez, a web experience management company. Throughout the duration of the 2008 presidential campaigns, Gomez will monitor and report on the performance of the 2008 presidential candidates’ web sites, and the resulting impact experienced by voters.

“We believe the 2008 presidential campaign will be waged online more and more, and the candidate who consistently delivers the highest quality web experience will definitely have a competitive edge as the race for the White House heats up,” said David Flower, VP EMEA, at Gomez.

Over the final two days of first quarter campaign fundraising, the Gomez Presidential Campaign Online Donation Benchmark tested a range of 2008 presidential candidates’ web sites to record how long it took to step through the online donation process.

To run alongside this benchmark, Gomez conducted a nationwide survey to ascertain voter usage of the candidates’ web sites and their online donation intentions. The survey revealed that 57 percent of respondents already have made or may still make donations online. Of these, 66 percent intend to donate up to $1000.

Primary findings were found to be that:

• Obama’s online donation process was ten times slower than Clinton’s.
• Edwards’ online donation process was around five times slower than Clinton’s.
• Current Republican fundraising leader Romney’s online donation process rated slowest among Republican candidate sites measured.
• Home page load speeds ranged from under two seconds to over 12 seconds.
• The fastest loading home page belonged to Huckabee.
• Romney’s and Edwards’ home pages were the slowest to load


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About Gomez
Gomez is the leading provider of on-demand web application experience management solutions, helping the world's top businesses ensure quality web experiences for their customers. Gomez ExperienceFirstTM applications are used by more than 750 companies worldwide, including eight of the top 10 most visited sites, six of the top 10 retailers, nine of the top 10 financial services firms, five of the top 10 social networking companies, and four of the top 10 industrial companies. Founded in 1997, Gomez provides the industry’s only complete solution for managing web application experience from development through deployment and the entire application life cycle, featuring active monitoring, competitive benchmarking, and more than 14,000 data sources worldwide. Gomez is Network Computing magazine’s "Editor's Choice" for best Internet performance monitoring service.

For more information, please visit www.gomez.com or de.gomez.com for information in German.

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