Company Buys Back Bush Library Domain Name for $35K

December 12, 2008 - 12:06 PM
George W. Bush's presidential library domain name has been retrieved after a Web developing company accidentally let it expire - and it apparently came at a high price.

President George W. Bush, accompanied by Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton, gestures during a meeting on drug use reduction, Thursday, Dec. 11, 2008, at the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Dallas (AP) - George W. Bush's presidential library domain name has been retrieved after a Web developing company accidentally let it expire - and it apparently came at a high price.
 
Raleigh, N.C.-based Illuminati Karate paid less than $10 for the http://www.GeorgeWBushLibrary.com domain name and sold it back earlier this year for $35,000 to the library's contracted Web developers, Yuma Solutions, said George Huger, lead Web developer for Illuminati Karate.
 
Mark Mills, owner of Yuma Solutions, did not immediately return calls seeking comment Thursday.
 
The Tallahassee, Fla.-based company has a history with the Bush family, hosting Web sites for Bush's 2000 campaign and for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush's 1998 and 2002 campaigns.
 
Records indicate that in March 2007, the George W. Bush Library Foundation, using Yuma Solutions as its contractor, bought the domain name from a private citizen for $3,000. But the registration was set to expire within a few months.
 
Huger said he grabbed the library name, seeing its potential, while searching through a public list of names that were about to expire, The Dallas Morning News reported in Thursday.
 
Months later, Huger had received some offers on it, but he declined to provide details.
 
After the Morning News reported that the library had lost the domain, Mills contacted Illuminati Karate and asked to buy it back, Huger said.
 
At the time, a library foundation spokesman said officials were unaware that the name had been lost.
 
Yuma finally reached a deal to buy the Web address back for $35,000, which the company, not the library foundation, apparently paid, Huger said. The site changed hands in April and won't expire until 2013.
 
Mark Langdale, president of the George W. Bush Library Foundation, said he didn't know about the Web site being lost and recovered. But, he said, he would know if the library had been stuck with a surprise $35,000 expenditure.
 
The George W. Bush Presidential Center - which will include a library, museum and public policy institute - is being built at Southern Methodist University in Dallas.