One of the first things you should do as a candidate is register a domain name for your campaign. You go to a domain registrar site like MyDomain or GoDaddy or whatever, search for the name you want to use for your campaign, make sure it is available, and then pay the fee to register it. At that point, you own it, whether you actually use it or not.
If you don’t do this, someone else could beat you to it, then put up a fake site that looks like your campaign site. From there, much mischief could follow, and probably would.
There are three common campaign names used in Kentucky: the candidate’s name, the first name (or sometimes the last) combined with “4ky,” and the candidate’s name combined with “forky.” Good campaigns will grab all three variations, just to be safe. So, you register BruceMaples.com and Bruce4KY.com and BruceForKY.com.
But wait – what about the other top-level domains like .NET and .ORG? Technically, those are supposed to be for domains having to do with the internet itself, and organizations that are not for-profit companies, just like .COM was originally intended to be used only by companies.
Nowadays, the original purposes of those other top-level domains has mostly gone by the wayside. If you are really on the ball, you grab those as well.
So, how have our various gubernatorial campaigns done at this? In other words, who has a good tech staff that is looking out for the details? I thought it might be interesting to go see, so here is the list.