cybersquatted by Democratic group

Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the House and Republican presidential nominee, is having a less than stellar PR day. The domain is for sale and is asking for a million dollars or $10,000 “ in the spirit of Christmas”.

The sale is announced via a Craigslist posting for the Washington D.C. area. In the meantime, the domain is randomly redirecting visitors to various sites. According to NPR, it redirects you to websites that may subtly remind you of criticisms of Gingrich.

There’s, a redirect meant to remind you of the disclosure earlier in the campaign season that Gingrich had a $500,000 credit line there as reported on a financial disclosure.

Or you might be redirected to the web site, a reminder that his company received $1.6 million for consulting with the troubled mortgage giant that many conservatives accuse of playing a major role in the nation’s housing crisis.

Or there’s the Greek travel web site, a digital dig to Gingrich and his wife Callista taking a Mediterranean cruise earlier in the campaign, a move that caused some of his campaign staff to quit last June. Or you get a series of news stories about the Gingrich’s campaigns travails.

Though the domain ownership is hidden via proxy, NPR reports that the Democratic group American Bridge 21st Century owns the name.

“We thought of giving it away, but we wouldn’t want to be accused of being socialists. So, make your best offer. We’re asking for $1 million, but we’d be happy to accept $500,000 in bling. Heck in the spirit of Christmas we might even let it go for $10,000.”

The official website for the Newt Gingrich campaign is Mr. Gingrich’s best bet to securing this domain may be to trademark his name and then appeal the domain ownership as cybersquatting through the Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act.

(via NPR)

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Posted by Jason Hamilton | December 21, 2011  |  No Comment

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