The latest case of cybersquatting involves a domain registration misstep by Jeb Bush. The Republican presidential candidate and former governor of Florida forgot to secure JebBush.com. The domain name was scooped up by a supporter of fellow GOP candidate and businessman, Donald Trump. Typing in www.JebBush.com forwards visitors to DonaldJTrump.com, the Trump Campaign’s official URL.
Though WHOIS Privacy (which masks ownership details) is enabled on JebBush.com, the domain’s name servers match those of DonaldJTrump.com. Trump’s spokeswoman, Hope Hicks, said that “the (Trump) campaign is not involved”, but called the situation a missed opportunity that highlights Bush’s unpreparedness to be president.
Show Me the Money
JebBush.com was first listed for sale in April for $250,000. It’s worth mentioning Bush raised over $100 million for his campaign and Super PAC, a fact that was announced with much fanfare. No one wants to pay a cybersquatter a quarter of a million dollars, but that was likely a negotiation tactic to raise a potential “meet in the middle” settlement.
Additional Cybersquatting Infractions
Not to be outdone, JebBushforPresident.com is an anti-Bush, pro-LGBTQ blog run by a gay couple, and JebBushforPresident.net is an anti-Bush website calling him a radical socialist liberal. “Oops.”
Bush’s official web site is www.Jeb2016.com.
This type of political domain squatting or cybersquatting is nothing new. We’ve written about other politicians making similar mistakes. Another 2016 hopeful, Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas), was victim, too. TedCruz.com is owned by an immigration reform advocate who uses the domain name to support President Obama.
Jeb Bush must be thankful for one thing: JebBush.com could have been turned into a web site that’s NSFW (not safe for work).
*Oh, and a .com is only $14 from FYNE.