Former Texas Congressman and GOP/Libertarian presidential candidate Ron Paul usually rejected any kind of foreign entanglements, but he has suddenly and out of character asked the United Nations for help in a website dispute.
Paul wants RonPaul.org and RonPaul.com — launched in 2008 — both of which were registered by some of his grassroots followers as friendly fan sites, to be handed over to him, and Paul has filed a complaint against them with the World Intellectual Property Organization, a UN agency.
According to RonPaul.com,
“The complaint calls on the agency to expropriate the two domain names from his supporters without compensation and hand them over to Ron Paul … Claims that we tried to sell Ron Paul “his name” for $250k or even $800k are completely untrue, and there is little doubt that our mailing list would have enabled Ron Paul to raise several million dollars for the liberty movement this year. It would have been a win/win/win situation for everyone involved.”
Apparently Ron Paul said on the Alex Jones show that he regretted not owning RonPaul.com, prompting the owners to contact him to try to work out a deal.
Mediaite explains how this dispute between Paul and his supporters found its way to the UN, an organization he opposed:
“Previously, the group had offered to give Paul the RonPaul.org domain as a free gift as long as they could keep RonPaul.com for their use. When he rejected that offer, they proposed to sell Paul both domains along with the 170,000 person email list for $250,000, an offer he also rejected …
“Paul’s attempt to disenfranchise his most loyal supporters would be disturbing enough. But what really puts his actions over the top is that he’s reaching out to the United Nations for help, an organization he has spent much of his political career demonizing as a foreign body dead-set on taking away Americans’ freedoms.”
[HT - Mike]
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