One-time Washington lobby king Jack Abramoff says he’s considering a federal court action over the ownership of JackAbramoff.com after an Internet panel rejected his claim to it, saying that the Democrat Congressional Campaign Committee could continue to use the site to post negative statements about him, and Republicans.
His comments came today after the Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy panel ruled that the domain is “owned by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.”
“Complainant has not met his burden to prove by a preponderance of the relevant, admissible evidence that Respondent’s domain name has been registered and is being used in bad faith,” the decision said.
The panel said the man Jack Abramoff lacked “trademark rights” to the domain JackAbramoff.com.
“[The] trademark rights which Complainant purports to have established prior to the Respondent’s registration and use of the disputed domain name appear to have been as the result of substantial illegal activity,” the panel said. “Thus, he can have no trademark rights therein.”
A report at The Domains noted that the DCCC “has been using [the web address] for less than flattering purposes.”
But Abramoff, author of the newly released “Capitol Punishment: The Hard Truth about Washington Corruption from America’s Most Notorious Lobbyist,” told WND that the Internet panel does not provide an opportunity for an appeal.
“But I am considering bringing suit in federal court over this matter,” he said.
“It is not merely offensive that the Democratic Congressional Committee continues to steal my identity, but they stand as the symbol for all identity thieves who squad on people’s privacy.”
He continued, “The commission based its decision solely on an absurd discussion of whether I have trademarked my name, as if there are scores of ‘Jack Abramoffs’ out there. It is unlikely that the courts will permit this invasion of privacy and identity theft based on such specious reasoning.”
The impact could be far-reaching, he noted.
“I have been contacted by scores of high profile individuals – including many Democrats and progressives – who are sick of miscreants such as the DCCC abusing their names and privacy. They are grateful that I am standing up to this exploitation and harassment. They are hopeful that they, too, will gain relief from identity assailants. The DCCC might be the most high profile example of this behavior, but they are not alone. This is a worldwide problem and I hope our courts can put an end to it,” he said.
A statement on the DCCC-controlled site said, “Dems won’t release jackabramoff.com.”
WND reported earlier that the DCCC acquired the rights to the domain name in 2006, and officials there have been posting anti-Abramoff statements. They also have had a petition to “defeat ethically challenged Republicans.”
Abramoff recently approached the Democrats about having his name back.
He says, “I wanted to discuss with you guys whether I could wind up amicably figuring it out with you getting it back. … if you could call be back I’d appreciate it. … I’d be very grateful for a callback in any event. … Thanks so much.”
But he said they made a joke of his request.
And a DCCC spokesman told Yahoo News there are no plans to turn the domain over to Abramoff.
Abramoff told WND that his legal counselors have said that, generally, such Web domains ultimately belong to the person who has the name. He said there is precedent for that with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers.
Abramoff served three years in prison after pleading guilty in 2006 to charges related to his donations, meals, trips and tickets to sports events for lawmakers and top aides in Washington to push the interests of his clients, native American tribes with casino operations.
It took only about 10 years for Abramoff to make himself the most powerful lobbyist on Capitol Hill. Congressmen lined up to do his bidding, executives heeded his advice and heads of governments hung on his every word. But when scandal brought him down – ultimately casting him into disgrace and even prison – this power broker said nothing.
Now a free man, a reformed and contrite Abramoff is exposing the mysterious and corrupt world of federal politics as never before in “Capitol Punishment: The Hard Truth about Washington Corruption from America’s Most Notorious Lobbyist.”