Heads up: If you one day find yourself running for office, building a brand or doing pretty much anything that will cast you in the public eye, you just might want to buy up Internet domain options for your name. Right about now, GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich is probably wishing his campaign had purchased NewtGingrich.com. Unfortunately, somebody else beat him to it.
A click on the site will link viewers to an anti-Newt themed article or Web site, such as an article from The Atlantic criticizing the candidate for running a campaign that looks more a book tour. On other occasions it has linked to tiffany.com, a not-so-subtle reminder of the former House speaker’s $500,000 line of credit at the tony jewelry store; the home page of Freddie Mac, the mortgage company along with Fannie Mae paid him more than one million dollars to not lobby, according to Gingrich; and a Greek tourism site, a reference to the luxury cruise that he and his wife took after his campaign experienced a mutiny of its top staff.
“We thought of giving it away, but we wouldn’t want to be accused of being socialists. So, make your best offer,” the ad says. “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.”
It could be worse. Google “Santorum” and the first two items that pop up are sites that compare the Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum to fecal matter.
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