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Monday, Feb 5, 2018

* Sun-Times

In another wild election year in Illinois, the race involving Joe Berrios has produced the most bizarre whodunit tale — and what may have been the dirtiest trick of this political season.

Soon after announcing he would take on Berrios for the Democratic nomination for county assessor, challenger Fritz Kaegi says he noticed someone had set up websites purporting to represent him and his rage-against-the-machine campaign.

But Kaegi says he had nothing to do with the new website. Nor, he says, did he set up other accounts that supposedly communicated on his behalf on Twitter, Facebook and a political fundraising site. […]

The GoDaddy domain registrar and website-hosting company has identified the man behind the fake Kaegi campaign site as Quenton Galvin, according to court records.

According to his LinkedIn profile, Galvin is owner of Non Stop Web Design of Grayslake — a company that has done campaign work for many years for Berrios, who’s chairman of the powerful county Democratic Party.

* Hillman adds some much-needed perspective…

* From the linked story

Forrest Claypool, who’s running as an independent for Cook County Assessor, launched on Monday, to “highlight the abysmal record of Cook County’s most notorious insider politician.” In a statement to the press, Claypool campaign manager Tom Bowen said “voters can see the complete record of Joe Berrios in all its infamy. Whether it’s tax breaks for politically-connected insiders, investigations for corruption, massive tax increases, or lobbying for the liquor and gaming industry, Joe has done it all while we pay the price.” Bowen notes that “over the course of more than 20 years of public office, Berrios has endured countless investigations for corruption, ghost payrolling, improper hiring, and sweetheart contracts,” while giving property tax breaks to campaign donors and backing Todd Stroger’s tax hikes in Cook County.

* Progress Illinois

“You’ve got to get your domain name registered early, long before you consider running for office. … If you don’t do that, it is inevitable that someone is going to grab the domain name and make your life difficult.” That was Democratic strategist Kari Chisholm talking to The Hill earlier this year about the phenomenon of political campaigns snatching up opponents’ internet domain names. The latest example of this inevitability can be found right here in Illinois, where independent Cook County assessor candidate Forrest Claypool’s team apparently beat Democratic nominee Joe Berrios to the following domain:

Oops. Now the Claypool campaign is using the site to slam Berrios’ record as chair of the Cook County Board of Review. It doesn’t show up yet in the Google search results for “Joe Berrios,” but you can bet that will change in the coming weeks. is currently available, by the way.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

  1. - wordslinger - Monday, Feb 5, 18 @ 9:34 am:

    – is currently available, by the way.–

    LOL, how is that possible?

  2. - JoanP - Monday, Feb 5, 18 @ 9:40 am:

    Perhaps Kaegi should go buy He can afford $1,995.

  3. - SaulGoodman - Monday, Feb 5, 18 @ 9:44 am:

    There does seem to be a difference between buying a domain to use as a place to put oppo, and buying a domain to pretend you are that person/candidate.

    JB is dropping oppo on Biss through one similar website. Claypool did it to Berrios.

    But what Berrios did to Kaegi was to pretend that that the fake Kaegi website was his real website and collect data from prospective supporters.

  4. - Century Club - Monday, Feb 5, 18 @ 9:51 am:

    But the fake Fritz Kaegi sites were actually impersonating Kaegi. That’s not what Claypool did to Berrios (or what JB is doing to Dan Biss, or what tons of campaigns do).

  5. - Anon - Monday, Feb 5, 18 @ 10:05 am:

    Kaegi should have known better.. BUY your domains. He must have not liked something the site said and instead of just dealing with it, went to court. Welcome to campaigns.

  6. - SaulGoodman - Monday, Feb 5, 18 @ 10:23 am:

    **He must have not liked something the site said and instead of just dealing with it, went to court. Welcome to campaigns.**

    Again… it wasn’t a site for oppo dumps. It was a site that pretended it was Kaegi’s - and collecting data on prospective Kaegi supporters. It was impersonating Kaegi, and that is where the problem lies.

  7. - Just Observing - Monday, Feb 5, 18 @ 10:36 am:

    The website appears to be down, currently.

  8. - Anon - Monday, Feb 5, 18 @ 10:47 am:

    **Again… it wasn’t a site for oppo dumps. It was a site that pretended it was Kaegi’s - and collecting data on prospective Kaegi supporters

    How do you know that Saul?

  9. - SaulGoodman - Monday, Feb 5, 18 @ 11:43 am:

    **How do you know that Saul?**

    Did you read the article?

    “Soon after announcing he would take on Berrios for the Democratic nomination for county assessor, challenger Fritz Kaegi says he noticed someone had set up websites purporting to represent him and his rage-against-the-machine campaign.

    In court filings, Kaegi’s lawyers wrote that and other websites were “published without his knowledge, consent or direction,” but they “inferred association with his campaign.” The fake accounts solicited “volunteer signups” and campaign contributions that were supposed help Kaegi unseat Berrios, according to court records.”

  10. - Anon - Monday, Feb 5, 18 @ 1:02 pm:

    ** Did you read the article?

    Well Saul, I sure did. That is the argument Kaegi is making. Could be true, or its exaggeration.

    Bottom line is that Kaegi failed to secure domain names that he should have acquired, then he headed off to court. Again welcome to campaigns.

  11. - Fritz Berrios - Monday, Feb 5, 18 @ 1:27 pm:

    What I don’t understand is why Rauner doesn’t buy ILGOP.COM from GoDaddy for the $15k when he’s got $100 million to spend on this race. Instead, someone has directed it to the Jeanne Ives website.

  12. - Precinct Captain - Monday, Feb 5, 18 @ 1:57 pm:

    Simple stuff

  13. - MrCutler - Monday, Feb 5, 18 @ 3:26 pm:

    @SaulGoodman Is that you Fritz spending some executive time on here?

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