Politicians be forewarned! Remember to renew your website's domain name on time, otherwise you may fall victim to URL thieves.
Puerto Rican Governor Luis Fortuño is learning that lesson this week after his website, LuisFortuno.com, expired and his opponents, the Popular Democratic Party (PPD), swooped in and snatched up the name.
As Latino Rebels reports, the Republican incumbent used LuisFortuno.com for his 2008 gubernatorial campaign, however the website appears to have changed hands this week and is now sponsored by the PPD (as seen at the bottom of the site). The home page, which features a photo of Fortuno with arms crossed above the message "Hazme Tus Preguntas" or "Ask Me Your Questions," opens with an incendiary video that slams Fortuno.
PPD, also known as the Populares, added insult to Fortuno's injury, posting a photo of the receipt for the purchased domain name on the party's official Twitter account. The cost? $12.17 for the domain name and $6.99 for private registration services -- even though the PPD is certainly not holding anything back in its claims of ownership.
Former Puerto Rican governor Anibal Acevedo Vila, a member of PPD, responded to the party's takeover of LuisFortuno.com in a tweet, writing: “Not renewing luisfortuno.com, when LF used it in his campaigns in 04-08 is the best example of incompetence. Failed campaign and government!”
No re-comprar luisfortuno.com, cuando LF lo uso en sus campañas 04-08 es mayor muestra de incompetencia. Campaña y gobierno colapsados!— anibalacevedo (@anibalacevedo) September 11, 2012
While it appears Fortuño allowed the domain name to expire, trading in LuisFortuno.com for PorPuertoRico2012.com, the domain name may have changed hands as early as October 2011, according to data from GoDaddy.com.
Why Fortuno's opponents chose to wait until this time to announce their take over is anyone's guess, but the Sept. 10 launch -- on the eve of Fortuno's first debate -- was likely a strategic move.
Watch the main video below and click over to the website to see the other videos the PPD posted.
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TAMPA, FL - AUGUST 29: Puerto Rico Gov. Luis Fortuno speaks during the third day of the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on August 29, 2012 in Tampa, Florida. Former Massachusetts Gov. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney was nominated as the Republican presidential candidate during the RNC, which is scheduled to conclude August 30. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
Luis Fortuno, governor of the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico, speaks during an interview in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2010. Fortuno, who inherited a $3.3 billion budget gap when he took office in January 2009, has cut 23,000 government jobs, reduced expenses almost 20 percent and stepped up enforcement of tax collections. Photographer: Gabriel Gonzalez/Bloomberg via Getty Images
US President Barack Obama tours La Fortaleza, the oldest governor's mansion in the Western Hemisphere, alongside Resident Commissioner Pedro Pireluisi (R) and Puerto Rico Governor Luis Fortuno (L) during a visit to San Juan, Puerto Rico, June 14, 2011. The visit marks the first by a US President to the island territory since former US President John F. Kennedy's visit in 1961. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
ORLANDO, FL - JANUARY 27: Puerto Rico Governor Luis Fortuño (L) announced his endorsement of Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney during a 'grassroots' campaign rally at Lanco Paint Company January 27, 2012 in Orlando, Florida. Romney is campaigning across the state ahead of the January 31 Florida primary. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO - MARCH 14: Presidential candidate and former U.S. Rick Santorum (R-PA) (R) talks with Puerto Ric Governor Luis Fortuno at the governors mansion La Fortaleza March 14, 2012 in Old San Juan Puerto Rico. Santorum to meet with Governor Luis Fortuno while on his two-day campaign trip on the island commonwealth. There are 23 GOP delegates up for grabs although Fortuno, a republican, has already expressed his support for Mitt Romney. (Photo by Christopher Gregory/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - APRIL 23: Rep. Luis Fortuno, R-Puerto Rico, center, congratulates Raul Cardona, left, Korean War veteran, whose son Sgt. Daniel Cardona, between them, was re-enlistmented into the U.S. Army Reserve during a ceremony commemorating the branch's 100th anniversary on the west front of the Capitol. (Photo By Tom Williams/Roll Call/Getty Images)
ST. PAUL, MN - SEPTEMBER 03: Resident Commissioner of Puerto Rico Luis Fortuno speaks on day three of the Republican National Convention (RNC) at the Xcel Energy Center on September 3, 2008 in St. Paul, Minnesota. The GOP will nominate U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) as the Republican choice for U.S. President on the last day of the convention. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)