Talking Points Memo is hardly a fan of the tea party movement, but that didn’t stop a domain broker from making an odd inquiry into whether the left-leaning news organization would be interested in purchasing TeaParty.com.
In what appears to be a generic email sent to prospective buyers obtained by The Daily Caller, a domain broker from Domain Holdings Group, Inc. floated the idea of the news website purchasing the domain to an employee at TPM on Wednesday.
“TeaParty.com is currently available for sale and I thought you or your organization might see value in owning this asset,” wrote Domain Holdings Group, Inc. employee Joe Uddeme to the work email of a TPM employee.
“There are very few assets that have the value and search volume specific to this specific political affiliation,” Uddeme added. “This is one of those assets that would add immediate impact towards your marketing and branding strategies and any grassroots initiatives.”
Uddeme told TheDC on Wednesday that he wasn’t authorized by his superiors to immediately comment on the efforts to sell TeaParty.com.
TPM publisher Josh Marshall could not immediately be reached.
TeaParty.com is currently the online home of a Canadian rock band. In 2011 CBS reported that the band was interested in selling the domain.
But bass player Stuart Chatwood told CBS then that the band does not sympathize with the conservative grassroots and therefore preferred to sell it someone outside the movement.
The website Estibot.com estimated that TeaParty.com is worth $75,000.