Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2002/02/18/gop_enron_satire_site_threatened/

GOP/Enron satire site threatened

Those guys have no sense of humour

By Thomas C Greene

Posted in Media, 18th February 2002 11:47 GMT

Enron owns the Republican Party in Texas, Webmaster Kelly Fero of EnronOwnsTheGOP.com would like to make clear, just in case anyone doubts that big money puts little men into powerful offices.

The site dishes the dirt on the back-channel horse trading between Enron execs and the state's current governor, Rick Perry and his several lieutenants. The state's previous governor, known affectionately as "Shrub" to his local supporters and as "Mr. President" to the rest of us, rates barely a mention, though Enron Chairman Ken "Mr. Fifth Amendment" Lay is one of his closest friends and most enthusiastic boosters.

Unfortunately, the critic's site sports a parody of the Texas GOP site's 'official' logo, with the traditional elephant displaying a slanty Enron E in place of its proper Texas-border outline. Otherwise the logos are virtually the same, and this has raised the hackles of the Grand Old Party faithful.

Thus the parody site has attracted a 'cease and desist' nastygram from the GOP site's lawyers, demanding that the confusing logo be changed straight away, lest a trademark infringement suit commence.

Thus far, however, Fero has shown not the slightest inclination to remove or alter the offending parody logo, and is apparently waiting patiently for the other shoe to fall.

Unfortunately for Fero, the Texas GOP is going to have very little financial trouble suing its case, what with all those sacks of Enron money lying about. ®