Declared presidential candidate Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz has a website
to promote his quest for the 2016 Republican nomination.
A number of similar sounding websites have nothing to do with him and in fact are intended to detract from his candidacy. For example, www.tedcruz.com/ carries a pro-Barack Obama message; http://tedcruz.ca/ claims that the Canadian-born Cruz
is ineligible to be a U.S. president, and TedCruzforAmerica.com is actually an alias that sends visitors to the Obamacare website.
is reportedly owned by an Arizona lawyer who goes by the same name, according to Mother Jones.
Internet trolls who create websites to embarrass or for financial gain are not uncommon. According to CNN
, several Cruz website domain names are "being held hostage."
In one instance, the anonymous owner of http://tedcruz2016.com/ claimed through the digital marketing firm http://www.92west.com/ that they would take down the seemingly innocuous site in return for the chance to meet the candidate in-person, CNN reported.
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