By Ryan McGreal
Published September 08, 2006
Fred Eisenberger registered his campaign for Mayor on September 6, 2006. Immediately, according to Andrew Dreschel, the Hamilton Spectator's civic affair's colmunist, he ran into possible legal trouble over a mockup of his campaign website.
According to Dreschel, Eisenberger's saying that the site in question is just a demonstration, and that he asked "lots of people" to "do mockups on potential sites" and "give us samples of what they can do."
Well, maybe. The charge, coming from a staunch supporter of the Larry Di Ianni political machine, is classic muckraking, and there appears to be no independent way of verifying what the demonstration site in question may have contained, since it is not available on the web and does not seem to have been indexed by Google.
However, the problem may be even worse than it appears. A whois domain search on Eisenberger's official campaign website, fredformayor.ca, shows that he registered the website domain name on August 28, 2006, several days before he announced his candidacy.
It costs money to register a domain name, usually around $12-15 for a Canadian (.ca) country domain. Does this mean Eisenberger broke the Municipal Elections Act, which prohibits campaign spending before announcing one's candidacy?
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