WASHINGTON -- Republican Terri Lynn Land announced June 3 that she will be running for the Senate seat being vacated by retiring Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.). That same day, someone purchased the site LandForSenate.com. Curiously, it redirects to the Club for Growth, a group focused on promoting fiscal conservative policies. But both Land and the Club for Growth say they are not responsible for the site and have no idea what's going on.
"I do not own this domain name," Land, a former Michigan secretary of state, told The Huffington Post on Friday.
According to WHOIS registration data, the buyer of LandForSenate.com is private.
"They're not our websites. We don't know who created them," said Club for Growth spokesman Barney Keller. He added that the group has not endorsed Land.
The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee confirmed that it was not behind the purchase of the site. The National Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee did not return a request for comment.
Land is the first well-known Republican to get into the Senate race in Michigan. On Friday, Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) announced that he was passing on a challenge. Rep. Gary Peters (D-Mich.) is the only prominent Democrat in the race.
While Land has not yet filed her official paperwork, she is expected to do so by July 1.
On her Twitter page, Land currently directs followers to a personal site, TerryLynnLand.com.
Amanda Terkel contributed reporting.