Originally posted January 27, 2020
A Message from Sadaf about "Domain-Gate"
Thank you all for reaching out and expressing your concerns regarding the domain squatting that has occurred... where a domain that attempts to appear affiliated with my campaign was registered in December but today is redirected to a a national re-election campaign.
I registered several domains on December 6, 2019, while contemplating a run for Frisco City Council. One day following my transaction, someone registered a similar domain which I had chosen not to purchase, and they used the private registration option.
We have discussed this with experts and understand it to be a very common practice: people purchase unregistered domains which they anticipate will later have value, and hold on to them then sell them to others. This is called anticipatory cyber-squatting.
I do not believe that Brian Livingston or Saishashishekar Krishnarajanagar, my opponents currently filed for Place 6, had anything to do with this. Nor do I believe that anyone local, or even anyone partisan, had anything to do with it. I believe it's a simple attempt to make money. As I have mentioned, both Brian and I have agreed to run a fair and clean campaign and I truly don't think that either of our campaign teams were involved. It is far more likely that GoDaddy, one of the largest domain registrars in the world, sells its daily list of names registered, and shrewd brokers and speculators picked up a URL they think will one day have value.
I doubt we will ever find out who registered the domain, but my campaign treasurer, Jamie Heit, has reported the matter to GoDaddy in the hopes that we can have my name removed. I appreciate the passionate and investigative concern of everyone who is determined to "get to the bottom" of the matter recently discovered.
The Sadaf campaign is moving on, and we urge everyone to do the same, for there is far more important business at hand... like registering voters and spreading the word about your favorite candidates.
Thank you for your concern,
Updated to add: Sadaf was always completely forward that she did not believe this had anything to do with her opponents or their supporters, and vehemently defended Brian and Sai both here as well as publicly on Facebook. Still, the incumbent's supporters immediately began suggesting this was done internally by Sadaf's own people as a way to garner sympathy. There has been a vested effort from the beginning to paint Sadaf as an intentional victim, despite all evidence to the contrary.
Updated to add: Inexplicably, Brian Livingston continues to refer to this matter as a situation where he is the victim. He continues to claim publicly that he has been "accused of making a fake website", which is not only technically inaccurate as to the incident itself, which was around domain registration, but also inaccurate in the narrative, since Sadaf has defended both her opponents on this extensively.