GoDaddy Suspends GOP Ad Firm Sites for Anti-Obama Text Messages

Wednesday, 31 Oct 2012 03:11 PM

By Todd Beamon

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GoDaddy suspended the websites owned by the Republican advertising firm ccAdvertising on Wednesday for spam and abuse.

The web services company said that web domain records showed that ccAdvertising, based in Centreville, Va., was behind a torrent of text messages sent late on Tuesday attacking President Barack Obama, The Hill reports.

The texts covered a variety of topics, including abortion rights, Medicare, and taxes.

"The average American pays at least $2,000 more in taxes than 4 years ago. STOP OBAMA!" one message read.

It was not clear how many of the unsolicited messages were received, but many residents in the Washington, D.C., area expressed their outrage on Twitter and other social media sites, The Hill reports.

The messages came from such websites as informedett.com, aicett.com, and gopmessage.com — and not telephone numbers, The Hill reports.

Those sites are all registered on GoDaddy.com to Jason Flanary, the chief operating officer of ccAdvertising. Flanary, a Republican, ran for the Virginia state Senate in 2011 but lost.

Mitt Romney's first presidential campaign hired ccAdvertising in 2007, according to The National Review. It also did work for Mike Huckabee's presidential bid that year.

ccAdvertising did not return messages to The Hill seeking comment.

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