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Fake GOP convention website rails against oil drilling

If organizers of the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa want to set up a website promoting the event, there's one domain name they won't be able to use: www.gop2012tampa.com. It belongs to a Tampa couple who paid less than $10 for the name and are using it to lobby against offshore oil drilling. Don and Joyce Weaver launched the site Wednesday, the same day the GOP announced that Tampa would host the convention. The site features pictures of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig burning in the Gulf of Mexico and oil-covered wildlife.

"We listen to 'Drill, baby, drill' and Sarah Palin saying that this hasn't changed her views at all. We're realistic. We understand that at this point of time in our economy is a petroleum-based economy, but we need to change that," Don Weaver said.

The couple said they picked the domain name because the convention was in the news, and they hoped people would stumble on their website when looking for information about the event. Joyce Weaver questioned the wisdom of spending $100 million on a convention when the oil disaster is threatening the livelihoods of Americans.

"How many people are out of jobs right now? How many people are in the fishing industry? How many people have jobs that depend on tourism?" she said. "I believe there is value in what the Republican convention will do for the Tampa area. I am against drill, baby, drill."

Janet Zink, Times Staff Writer

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[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 12:36pm]

    

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