Let this be a reminder to register your domain names. Organizing For Action, the non-profit activism offshoot of the Obama campaign, doesn't own organizingforaction.com. Or .net. Or .org. And the owners of the domains certainly don't seem to agree with OFA's politics.
An arbitrator has denied the organization’s effort to obtain the domain name organizingforaction.net, registered by a quick-moving computer technician in Castle Rock, Colo., on Jan. 18, when the news broke that Obama’s former advisors were launching the group.
Derek Bovard proceeded to configure the site so all the hits were directed to the website for the National Rifle Assn. It was one of three domain names for Organizing for Action that the group failed to register before it launched.
In a previous article, Gold described how Bovard got the domain. He was watching Fox News when the new organization was announced, and quickly "jumped on the computer and snapped up the domain name."
“I’m for the Second Amendment,” Bovard said. “I’m not in agreement with a lot of things that are going on right now. If they don’t like it, they can buy it from me.”
While the site no longer points to the NRA, the Internet Archive captured it when it did.
In response, a representative of the Democratic Party in Georgia registered DerekBovard.com (and .net and .org) and redirected the domains to information about the Sandy Hook shooting. (Bovard's response: "I'm happy to see this person is exercising his First Amendment right provided to him by a country that was created by the armed 'People.'") OrganizingForAction.net now points to Dr. Ben Carson's National Prayer Breakfast speech.