Players: Jack Abramoff, former GOP lobbyist at the center of a scandal that sent him to prison; The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the committee working to elect Democrats to the House of Representatives.
The Opening Serve: In 2006, the year Abramoff went to prison, the DCCC purchased JackAbramoff.com. When Abramoff began his new, much snarked upon public image campaign, complete with a book and a blog touting his ideas for reforming corruption in Washington, the DCCC balked, and updated the site with the headline "We Didn't Forget, Jack."
The Return Volley: The DCCC got a voicemail in late 2011, regarding, "a website that's registered to the DCCC that's actually in my name and I wanted to discuss with you guys whether I could wind up amicably figuring it out with you and getting it back. So I don't know if you're the right person or not but in any event if you could call me back I'd appreciate it. my name is Jack Abramoff." The DCCC posted this voicemail to JackAbramoff.com. "Jack Abramoff can try to rehab his image, but glowing press stories and being back on the D.C. cocktail circuit don't change the fact that Abramoff is a convicted felon who went to jail for being the heart of Republicans' 'Culture of Corruption,'" Jennifer Crider, a DCCC spokeswoman told Politico. "We didn't forget, Jack and anyone who visits jackabramoff.com won't either." Now, Abramoff has filed a complaint with the National Arbitration Forum. Politico reports the DCCC must reply by June 27, and then a panel will review the dispute.