Talk about dirty politics. I had my presidential campaign web site shut down by my long-time platform hosting and design company, Terra Eclipse – NetBoots just 5 days before the New Hampshire Primary. Could it have been an order from the Mormon Church?
We know that the Mormon Church did not like a web site that I was involved with. The other site was launched just two days before Terra Eclipse threw me in the gutter. Did Mormon Church officials have prominent Terra Eclipse client and United States Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) tell them to dump my campaign? Senator Lee is a famous Mormon.
Terra Eclipse based in Aptos, California had developed and designed my web site 21 months ago and had hosted it ever since. I spent tens of thousands of dollars with this company which specializes in Republican campaign web sites. So you can imagine my shock, when just two days before Christmas, Terra Eclipse sent me a terse email saying that it was dropping me in two weeks - just five days before the all-important New Hampshire Primary. What? Why?
I helped develop an independent interactive web site hosted on a completely different platform called Top10CraziestMormon Beliefs.com and asked people to participate.
The last time I went up against the Mormon Church like this was back in 2008, because of all its illegal campaign activities on California’s Proposition 8. The Mormon Church reported spending only $2,078 on that nasty campaign to take away gay marriage in California. I knew it spent far more than that, so I filed a sworn complaint against the Mormon Church with California’s political watchdog, the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC).
As a result of my complaint, the Mormon Church was investigated for 18 months, prosecuted, fined and found guilty on 13 counts of election fraud. This was an unprecedented case for which the New York Times even commended me in an editorial.
The Mormon Church was not happy. It suffered a big black eye - a public relations nightmare. So for revenge, it got me subpoenaed in a federal lawsuit a few months later to try and silence me.
I started a legal defense fund and beat the Mormon Church and its powerful allies. Now they are at it again, trying to harm my campaign for president and me.
Terra Eclipse – NetBoots committed an unconscionable act as a political campaign vender by shutting down my main method of communicating with the voters of New Hampshire just days before that state’s primary.
After pleading with the owner of Terra Eclipse, Martin Avila in emails and voicemails to give us one more week, keeping our web site live past the primary, I got an insensitive and insulting letter from him. Here’s what he said:
“While your campaign has every right to express views using tactics of your own choosing, our company also has the right to freely associate with our clients. In light of these actions, which not only appear to be completely irrelevant to a campaign for President of the United States, but also constitute an insult to and mockery of individuals of particular faiths, we are exercising our right to terminate your NetBoots account and disassociate with your campaign, as reserved in our Terms of Service (attached).
I invite you to contact our attorneys should you wish to pursue the matter further.”
As California Republicans gather for their semiannual convention this weekend in San Francisco, I want to warn people about Terra Eclipse – NetBoots. If they will drop me 5 days before an election, they are not to be trusted.
I may take Mr. Avila up on his offer to sue him for damages, or take other action against Terra Eclipse – NetBoots. Candidates for political office should not be subject to this type of destructive treatment by a vendor because of content not even on the web site that it is hosting. I want the world to know it.