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Why presidential candidates should register all their domain names, Carly Fiorina edition

Andrew Prokop is a senior politics correspondent at Vox, covering the White House, elections, and political scandals and investigations. He’s worked at Vox since the site’s launch in 2014, and before that, he worked as a research assistant at the New Yorker’s Washington, DC, bureau.

Carly Fiorina, former CEO of Hewlett-Packard, announced Monday that she'd run for the GOP presidential nomination. And a person or persons unknown has decided to welcome her to the race by launching carlyfiorina.org — a website filled with sad faces representing the layoffs she ordered during her tenure at HP. It's not only another domain blunder for a candidate, but also evidence of why it's often so hard for business executives to gain a foothold in politics.

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The site stretches on for quite a while, concluding with:

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It's not clear who registered the page — according to WhoIs.net, it appears to have been set up through a privacy protection service. However, this is nothing new for the GOP race — tedcruz.com currently hosts a message reading: "Support President Obama. Immigration Reform Now!"

Fiorina has never held elected office before (she lost a run for Senate in California in 2010), and isn't considered to have much of a shot at the presidential nomination. But she's bound to get some attention for being (so far) the only prominent woman in the crowded Republican field — and also for her business record.