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Former Clinton Staffer Launches DonaldTrump.GOP


The .GOP domain name extension is operated by Minds & Machines the Republican State Leadership Committee (see Mike’s article for more details). For those outside the United States, “GOP” is an acronym that stands for “Grand Old Party,” which is a nickname for the US Republican Party. The general idea behind the extension is that people associated with the party could use .GOP domain names for political related websites, although I do not believe their are any registration restrictions.

The other day, I saw a retweet on Twitter mentioning a newly launched website, DonaldTrump.GOP. I thought was interesting because it used  a .GOP domain name, which I don’t see regularly:

The registrant of DonaldTrump.GOP  is not using this particular .GOP domain name in support of Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump. In fact, the domain name is owned and operated by Matt Ortega, a former staffer on Hillary Clinton’s Presidential campaign (Hillary for America).

When you visit DonaldTrump.GOP, you can see a list of “Donald Trump Republicans.” These seem to be  mostly prominent elected officials and members of the Republican party that the website identifies as supporters (past and/or present) of Donald Trump. The website was created to “stand as a testament to Republicans putting power and party over principle and country, and may they never live it down.”

I reached out to the website’s creator to learn about why he launched this website. I was particularly interested in learning why he chose the .GOP extension, although it seems pretty clear based on the branding. Here’s what Matt had to say to me:

“I have built websites, designed graphics, and produced videos going back to 2012 presidential election.

I decided to build the site because I refuse to let Republicans run away from their support of Donald Trump in the future.

I chose .gop to screw with the Republican Party.”

According to, there are currently 2,076 registered .GOP domain names. This number has been declining since August’s high of 2,259 registered .GOP domain names. DonaldTrump.GOP was registered on October 8, 2016. It is certainly an interesting way to use a .GOP domain name.


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Comments (5)

    michael berkens


    The extension .GOP is not run by Minds + Machines the extension is owned and operated by Republican State Leadership Committee, Inc. an arm of the GOP.

    Clearly a failure of the operator by not reserving that domains or giving it to the candidate.

    You should reach out to the person who last I heard was in charge of .GOP for the Republican State Leadership Committee, Will Martinez @wdmartinez or .GOP itself @dotgop

    October 15th, 2016 at 12:16 pm

      Elliot Silver

      Thanks for sharing that info. I didn’t realize that. It looks like Minds & Machines operates the registry back-end:

      I updated the article to reflect this. I also added a link to your article so people can read more about the extension.

      In reply to michael berkens | October 15th, 2016 at 12:23 pm


    Thats a great idea.

    Keeps the stench or tattoo of Trump on them.

    Very surprised it was available.

    October 15th, 2016 at 5:20 pm


      “Tattoo of Trump” love it! Time to market Trump.Tattoo again 🙂

      In reply to Paul | October 16th, 2016 at 12:51 am

    Joseph Peterson

    Speaks volumes about the incompetent strategy and lack of coordination within these organizations.

    October 16th, 2016 at 7:54 pm

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