Former Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, wants fans who created web sites using his name to hand them over to him at no charge. The sites, RonPaul.org and RonPaul.com, were set up to organize supporters and spread the word about the three-time presidential candidate.
In a blog post Friday, the site's operators said they were going to give him RonPaul.org for free and charge him $250,000 for RonPaul.com because it came with a 170,000-person mailing list.
But they claim he did not accept that offer and has filed a complaint with the World Intellectual Property Organization, an agency of the United Nations, asking for control of the domain names. Liberal blogs are pointing out how Paul wants ownership of the sites so much he has turned to the U.N., a body which he views as illegitimate. His followers who run the RonPaul.com wrote about how they feel betrayed.
Back in 2007 we put our lives on hold for you, Ron, and we invested close to 10,000 hours of tears, sweat and hard work into this site at great personal sacrifice. We helped raise millions of dollars for you, we spread your message of liberty as far and wide as we possibly could, and we went out of our way to defend you against the unjustified attacks by your opponents. Now that your campaigns are over and you no longer need us, you want to take it all away - " and send us off to a UN tribunal? That's not cool! We want our old pre-retirement Ron Paul back!