Some media outlets recently reported that US Vice President Mike Pence’s website had been hacked. The website — http://www.officialmikepence.com — seemed to fall in line with assorted media reports that Pence was involved in campaign planning activities for a presidential run in 2020 since the home page calls Pence “The 46th President of the United States.”
It turns out that the website, called officialmikepence.com, is a parody site that was launched by Funny or Die, the comedy website and film/TV production company on April Fool’s Day earlier this year. Ultimately, media outlets published corrections to their reports of the “hacking.”
Beyond the nonsensical tag line “See you tomorrow, for tomorrow — is now — today,” other more obviously comic elements of the website should have been a tip-off that it was a parody site, like these sections:
- “What I Ate Today” — a corn smoothie?
- “Mother May I” featuring questions for Pence’s wife, Karen
- “Mike Facts” — including “Mike Pence can play all of ‘Joker’ by Steve Miller Band on guitar except the slide part after ‘Some people call me Maurice.’”
It’s important to note that the domain MikePence.com redirects to President Donald Trump's website.
If Pence decides to run for president in the future, he may have a hard time acquiring a good domain name for his campaign. With continuous change happening in the domain name landscape, the need to conduct a thorough domain name investigation prior to executing a trademark clearance process becomes more important than ever. We ran a search for domains containing “mikepence” and found a total of 337 — and 50 of them also contained the word “president,” including these:
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