Political Cybersquatting Alert: Forrest Claypool Launches JoeBerrios.com, Slams Opponent’s Record In Assessor’s Race

August 20th, 2010

On Tuesday an article on the Huffington Post drew readers attention to a dispute bubbling up between Independent candidate for assessor of Cook County, Chicago, Forrest Claypool and his Democratic opponent Joe Berrios.

Apparently, as a campaign ploy Claypool launched www.JoeBerrios.com and has populated the potentially cybersquatting website with a slew of very unflattering quotes about Berrios’s term at the Board of Review.

The website pulls quotes like that from The Better Government Association about Berrios, stating “Pay-to-Play Personified”. It features a video entitled “JOE BERRIOS SUPPORTED STROGER’S SALES TAX INCREASE” purportedly with “Joe Berrios in his own words supporting a doubling of Todd Stroger’s sales tax.”

JoeBerrios.com also displays this paragraph scathingly depicting Berrios during his tenure as chair of the Cook County Board of Review;

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Representative Pete Hoekstra, Victim of a Cybersquatter?

May 28th, 2010

In an article that was posted on Tuesday at PBS entitled Politicians Face Consequences If They Don’t Secure Name DomainsSteven Davy highlights the problems politicians face if they don’t register their own name as a domain name before getting on the campaign trail.

Davy focused primarily on Michigan’s Representative Pete Hoekstra whose domain name, petehoekstra.com, is being used to host a campaign against the Representative. If you go to petehoekstra.com, the first thing you’ll likely see is “Pete Hoekstra (.com) Dangerous, Polarizing & Bad for Michigan!” Read More »