Washington – Jack Abramoff wants his name back. But House Democrats own it and they are going to keep it.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee owns the rights to the Web domain name “jackabramoff.com,” having secured it in 2006.
But Abramoff, the former GOP lobbyist at the center of one of of Washington’s biggest scandals in recent decades, called the DCCC in a bid to see if he can’t get them to give it up.
Abramoff called the DCCC last week to ask – very politely – if they would be so nice as to give up the name.
But the DCCC has no intention of doing so.
“Jack Abramoff can try to rehab his image, but glowing press stories and being back on the D.C. cocktail circuit don’t change the fact that Abramoff is a convicted felon who went to jail for being the heart of Republicans’ ‘Culture of Corruption,’” said Jennifer Crider, the DCCC’s spokeswoman. “We didn’t forget, Jack and anyone who visits jackabramoff.com won’t either.”
Abramoff, for his part, isn’t pleased to hear about the DCCC’s stance, and he threatened legal action to get control of the name.
“I was told by my lawyers that I have a legal right to it and so I wanted to sort of do it amicably, but I guess we’ll just have to have the lawyers sort it out,” Abramoff said in an interview. “No one wants a domain with their name on it owned by somebody else.”