BallotCast-ing About. BallotCast, an operator of political Internet sites based in Highland Park, Ill., is boasting this week about rejecting an offer from Sen. John Edwards’ (D-N.C.) office to sell the Web domain name www.Edwards2004.com, which BallotCast owns.
In a news release, BallotCast President Todd Stein said the company would launch and maintain the Edwards Web site to inform the public about the candidate’s ties to evil-doers such as "polluters, drug companies, trial lawyers, labor unions, or other special interests."
"This domain name will be used as a vehicle to inform the electorate should Senator Edwards decide to run for president in 2004," Stein said.
BallotCast in fact owns the Web domain names for several sites that could be used by presidential contenders other Democratic politicians, and even a few foreign leaders, including: Biden2004.com; Bradley2004.com; BobGraham.org; Breaux2004.com; ChuckSchumer.com; Daschle04.com; Davis04.com; DickGephardt.info; Gephardt04.com; Gephardt2004.com; Graham2004.com; GrayDavis.info; HillaryClinton.info; HillaryRodham.com; HowardDean.com; HowardDean.org; JacquesChirac.info; JoeBiden.info; JoeBiden.net; JohnEdwards.info; Kerrey04.com; Kerrey2004.com; RichardGephardt.com; Schumer2004.com; VladimirPutin.info; VoteGephardt.com.
Stein did not rule out the possibility of selling some of the domain names, however.
"While the names in our portfolio are always registered in the spirit of the First Amendment, we will continuously review all strategic alternatives — including possible divestitures of certain properties," he said.
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