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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Kasich’s 527 Group Purchases Web Domain from Liberal Ohio Blogger

Posted By on Tue, Jul 14, 2015 at 9:04 AM

When Gov. John Kasich rolled out the first video in a massive ad campaign last week — ahead of his July 21 announcement that he’s running for prez — New Day for America, his 527 political group, included a new web domain for prospective voters and donors:

(Can we just say, briefly, that, aesthetically, looks like a European auto maker's website?)

The day before the ad release, New Day for America’s legal team had been hurriedly trying to purchase the URL from Joseph Mismas, head of, which is a prominent liberal blog in Ohio. In short, Mismas told BuzzFeed, “How could we pass on the opportunity to have his own PAC keep our coverage going as he kicks off his national campaign for president?”

Following a Twitter tip from a Cincinnati Enquirer reporter, BuzzFeed began looking into Mismas' role in Kasich-related domains.

Here's more:

“Someone from Kasich’s campaign team reached out and offered to buy it from me,” Mismas explained. “After a few weeks of exchanging emails, I suddenly got a flurry of emails on July 7th.”

“I was originally contacted by mail from someone at Kasich’s campaign,” said the blogger. “The letter was sent to my home address (the one on file when I registered the domain) on Ohio Republican Party letterhead. I responded via email and was told I needed to work with the lawyers for Kasich’s PAC.”

“I exchanged a few emails with their lawyer, and he tried to get me to sign an NDA [non-disclosure agreement],” continued Mismas. “I told him I needed to have it reviewed by an attorney first and would need a few days.”

“Suddenly last Tuesday it seemed really urgent that they get the deal completed immediately. At that point he doubled the offer and dropped the requirement that I sign an NDA,” Mismas concluded. 

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