Wisconsin GOP Can’t Walk Its Own Talk

The internets tubes are abuzz with the latest from Wisconsin, as the State GOP decides to make a Freedom of Information Act request (a “FOIA attack”) under the Wisconsin open records laws to a college professor who “outed” one of the many arms of the Kochian money machine on March 15.

from Memeorandum @ 4:55 PM ET, March 25, 2011.

I wrote about how certain principals of Ballotpedia and the Wisconsin Club for Growth had launched nationwide “FOIA attacks” in 2006, a couple of weeks ago, so this tactic isn’t unexpected.[ "Wisconsin Money Slush: O'Keefe and Jacob to Kliesmet" 26 Feb 2011.]

What’s interesting quickly, though is how the Wisconsin GOP in its endless quest for transparency decided to register their new website “RECALLINTEGRITYCENTER.COM” through an anonymous proxy, the infamous GOP and Koch organization favorite, “Domains by Proxy” of Scottsdale, Arizona.

DomainsByProxy.com
15111 N. Hayden Rd., Ste 160, PMB 353
Scottsdale, Arizona 85260

The reason for using DomainsByProxy is to hide your identity. But with the “Recall Integrity Center” it says in hard-to-miss lettering “Paid for by the Republican Party of Wisconsin.”

from the home page of Recall Integrity Center dot com

What possible reason could there be for hiding behind DomainsByProxy dot com, I mean, if they’re all about full disclosure and suchlike things?

And, if we all know who’s paying for it and all, why wouldn’t the whois be simply listed as The Wisconsin Republican Party, usually with the party executive or chair listed as the contact and administrative names?

They HAVE an office. It’s not like it’s a big secret deal, unless, of course, they’ve farmed it out to, say,  a Rick Berman, or the Wisconsin Club for Growth, or even Citizens for Responsible Government, led by Wisconsin’s own recall and FOIA attack specialist, Chris Kliesmet. Did they?

“The Recall Integrity Center” home page

And, with unintentional irony up the wazoo, the Wisconsin Republican Party bray this on that “Integrity” front page, quote:

The Recall Integrity Center provides an outlet for those who have been unfairly targeted by the far left.
Please submit videos, recordings, and incident reports documenting the Radical Strong Armed Tactics of the Far Left, Big Labor, and Organizing for America, so we can ensure they are held accountable to the communities they are working so hard to destroy.

Unquote.

In fact, the Wisconsin Republican Party needs to come clean on who actually is the registree of the “Recall Integrity Center dot com” because what’s sauce for the goose OUGHT to be sauce for the gander.

I’m sure we’d all like to take a gander.

Or else, they  might stop harassing a professor who, in his spare time, dared to criticize their secret network on his own, private blog.

Courage.

Here’s the whois registration information from GoDaddy dot com (their domain registrar) emphasis added:

http://who.godaddy.com/whoischeck.aspx?domain=RECALLINTEGRITYCENTER.COM

WHOIS Information
Registrant
Domains by Proxy, Inc.

(480) 624-2599 Phone
(480) 624-2598 Fax
DomainsByProxy.com
15111 N. Hayden Rd., Ste 160, PMB 353
Scottsdale, Arizona 85260

United States
recallintegritycenter.com@domainsbypro…
Administrative Contact
Registration Private
Domains by Proxy, Inc.

(480) 624-2599 Phone
(480) 624-2598 Fax
DomainsByProxy.com
15111 N. Hayden Rd., Ste 160, PMB 353
Scottsdale, Arizona 85260
United States
recallintegritycenter.com@domainsbypro…
Technical Contact
Registration Private
Domains by Proxy, Inc.

(480) 624-2599 Phone
(480) 624-2598 Fax
DomainsByProxy.com
15111 N. Hayden Rd., Ste 160, PMB 353
Scottsdale, Arizona 85260
United States
recallintegritycenter.com@domainsbypro…
Registered Through
GoDaddy.com, Inc.
Domain Name: recallintegritycenter.com
Created on: 3/17/2011 3:41:09 PM
Expires on: 3/17/2012 3:41:09 PM
Last Updated on: 3/17/2011 3:44:04 PM
Domain Servers
NS1.WIX.COM
NS2.WIX.COM
Standard Whois Information
See Underlying Registry Data
Report Invalid Whois

======================================

Whois Server Version 2.0

Domain names in the .com and .net domains can now be registered
with many different competing registrars. Go to http://www.internic.net
for detailed information.

Domain Name: RECALLINTEGRITYCENTER.COM
Registrar: GODADDY.COM, INC.
Whois Server: whois.godaddy.com
Referral URL: http://registrar.godaddy.com
Name Server: NS1.WIX.COM
Name Server: NS2.WIX.COM
Status: clientDeleteProhibited
Status: clientRenewProhibited
Status: clientTransferProhibited
Status: clientUpdateProhibited
Updated Date: 17-mar-2011
Creation Date: 17-mar-2011
Expiration Date: 17-mar-2012

>>> Last update of whois database: Fri, 25 Mar 2011 20:29:12 UTC <<<

A big hat tip to eagle-eyed readers TOMM and Dan T.

More soon.

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2 responses to “Wisconsin GOP Can’t Walk Its Own Talk

  1. Six

    You make a bunch of great points. Sadly, this would be the rightwing response: “Blah blah blah socialism. Blah blah blah marxist. Blah blah blah lazy. Blah blah blah welfare. Blah blah blah destroying America. “

    • Too true. But the only way that they win is if we silence ourselves in the face of their incessant slander and bullying.

      The whole basis of the First Amendment is the belief that in an open debate, ultimately the truth will win out. The whole basis of the slander is to silence our voices.