Dem PAC hits Gingrich with website prank

Internet users surfing to www.newtgingrich.com on Wednesday found their Web browsers redirected to one of a number of sites mocking the former House speaker.

On the list of sites to which the website sent users was a Washington Post story about Newt Gingrich's campaign imploding and the website for Tiffany's & Co., the jewelry outfit where Gingrich has been much derided for having a six-figure credit line.

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The website for Freddie Mac, the government-backed mortgage lender for which Gingrich's opponents claim he lobbied, is also on the list. So is the now-famous climate change ad that Gingrich filmed with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), a move he has described a "one of the dumbest things I've done."

Gingrich's campaign does not own the website's domain name, and his official website is at www.newt.org.

American Bridge 21st Century, a Democratic political action committee, took credit for the prank, and for buying the domain name, on Craigslist, where they asked for $1 million — or best offer — to sell the name.

"In true holiday spirit, we figured it might go to someone with greater need than us," the classified ad said. "Maybe someone trying to get that added edge going into 2012, or perhaps someone who may have been too busy earlier in the year to secure it on their own."