Democrats say they are not behind website maneuver
May 6th, 2011
12:10 PM ET
4 years ago

Democrats say they are not behind website maneuver

Washington (CNN) – Some may think it was a gutsy move.

When you go to the website gutsycall.com, you are automatically directed to President Obama's re-election site. But who is behind it? No one is claiming credit.
The re-election campaign and the Democratic National Committee are adamant they are not responsible. "We in fact do not own that domain nor we do know who does," an official with the re-election campaign tells CNN. "Neither the DNC nor the campaign bought the URL in question," a Democratic National Committee official tells CNN. Both officials refused to speak on the record since both the campaign and the DNC are not commenting on the domain purchase.

What is unknown is whether a supporter of the President's did it on his or her own to laud the President or a detractor seeking to embarrass the campaign making it look like it was gloating.
When discussing his decision not to release the photos of the killing or burial of Osama bin Laden Mr. Obama said "we don't trot out this stuff as trophies….we don't need to spike the football."
Records show the name was acquired on May 4th but is registered as a private domain.
The Weekly Standard first reported the story.

Experts say it can be very hard to really track down who buys and owns such sites. To highlight that point and to dig at that publication for first reporting the story without including any allegations Democrats were behind the purchase, the Democratic National Committee bought the rights to the domain name www.weeklyNOstandards.com Democrats say too much attention is being paid to this story.

"There are serious issues that we should be focusing on right now ," DNC National Press Secretary Hari Sevugan says in a statement. "So the sooner we can put to bed these kinds of distractions that some prefer to trade in, the better."

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This story was updated at 2:12 p.m.


Filed under: 2012 • President Obama
soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    The conspiracy is strong with this one.

    May 6, 2011 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  2. ThinkAgain

    It should be easy to find out who owns gutsycall.com. I just went to the Domain Name Registry site and used their Whois tool to look it up; it came back with the message, "Sorry, no whois information was found."

    The federal government or a freedom of information request should clear this up rather quickly. CNN, do some work and report back so this story doesn't become yet another crazy email rumor!

    May 6, 2011 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  3. gt

    yea right ... i also herard they started the dump trump at the indy 500...

    May 6, 2011 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  4. Kenny

    I see the Republican Mud Slinging Machine is cranking up early. I got news for them. In this election the Democratic Party has a Mud Slinger too and our Mud Slinger is equiped with acid so as to mark the ones caught up in it's lies for all to see.

    May 6, 2011 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  5. GL

    Kenny

    I see the Republican Mud Slinging Machine is cranking up early. I got news for them. In this election the Democratic Party has a Mud Slinger too and our Mud Slinger is equiped with acid so as to mark the ones caught up in it's lies for all to see.

    DITTO on your comment. It is going to get real nasty and more lies is going to coming so fast all our heads are going to be spinning.

    May 6, 2011 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  6. Rick McDaniel

    Obama is campaigning daily, and it will continue until the election. Everything he does, every bit of news released is all election propaganda.

    Kinda reminds me how Hitler just gradually became a dictator, because the people sat back and did nothing to stop him.

    May 6, 2011 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  7. Dave, Central Illinois

    Every action Obama and his CHicago thugs take has to do with his re-election.

    May 6, 2011 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  8. Monster Zero

    Amen Rick, Amen!
    However, I believe our current President will have a little tougher battle and quite a surprising and unwelcomed outcome in the 2012 elections! He got the hall pass in 08' run up from McCain, but he is now under the microscope in 12' with lots of old dirty laundry ripe for wringing and a political track record so far that is looking pretty bad! Getting OBL might be the only real feather for our President, and a great one for America I may add, but most savvy Americans know what a culmination of work and organization by thousands of people and the counter terrorism network established under the prior Administration that it took for that success, a foundation I might say that President Obama actually ran against in 08'.

    May 6, 2011 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  9. Blaum

    Firstly..... there's nothing 'gutsy' about making that call.... what was 'gutsy'... ...the SEAL team..

    Secondly..... the fact this website hasn't been forced to shutdown tells me all I need to know about Obama and his classless money-grab..... just embarrassing.....

    May 6, 2011 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  10. Dean

    Maybe it was ACORN? For one of the few times, I believe Obama. The people in his administration are too inept to be able to pull this off.

    May 6, 2011 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  11. Obi

    This is GOP propaganda. Neal Boortz was touting this stuff and telling his listeners to go to this website. Sad, bitter individuals.

    May 6, 2011 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  12. Chipster

    "...the campaign is refusing comment on the story." Except for saying that they don't own the site or know who does." That seems like almost a "comment" to me, perhaps an unidentified source but still a comment.

    May 6, 2011 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  13. Chipster

    "The conspiracy is strong with this one." LOL! A conspiracy to redirect a website – ooooh, my! Hide under your beds folks! Ha!

    May 6, 2011 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  14. a little sad

    Rick McDaniel

    Obama is campaigning daily, and it will continue until the election. Everything he does, every bit of news released is all election propaganda.

    Interesting.

    Every success Obama has you call "campaigning".

    So yes, as he succeeds daily,so you will claim he campaigns daily.

    May 6, 2011 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  15. Mikey

    @ Mark from LA – Assuming this is a real story (so many of those reported by right wing medial sources are simply NOT real), does this executive order apply only to donations to Republicans, or to all politicians?

    So, you don't think it would be nice to know how many donations are made by companies seeking government contracts??? Really??? Or do you support politicians generating donation by giving lucrative government contracts to the HIGHEST bidder, that is highest TO THEIR CAMPAIGN COFFERS.

    Actually, your assertion that this would harm Republicans more than Democrats carries an imbedded assumption that the GOP uses their influence over contracts to elicit donations from corporations more than the Democrats do. Are you saying that the GOP is dirty?

    May 6, 2011 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  16. Vigla

    An exeuctive order somewhat reversing the insane Citizens United decision I'm all for. If you want to work for the gov't you should disclose, because you could be influencing our government to get more money sent your way. Quid pro quo. That is reprehensible.

    May 6, 2011 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |