There were a number of stories earlier this year about phony third party candidates backed by republicans to lower democratic vote totals. Here one from the other side. Rep. John Adler (D) of New Jersey is behind it. Unethical behavior would be a polite description.
From the Courier Post:
"Internal numbers-crunching showed the difference between Adler and his Republican opponent -- then undetermined -- would hover around 5 percent. To give Adler an edge, Ayscue had recruited a then-unidentified man to run as a third-party candidate."
"That candidate was Peter DeStefano, a picture framer from Mount Laurel. On Nov. 2, he will appear on the "NJ Tea Party" line on the ballot."
What's wrong is wrong no matter who is doing it.