Casual Web surfers who click on Obama-Biden.org or Obama-Biden.com might assume they'd find information about the Democratic presidential ticket.
They'd be wrong.
Both addresses divert people to a website that is harshly anti-Obama, the website of the American Issues Project.
That's the newly formed nonprofit group that flooded cable television in the battleground states of Ohio, Michigan and Pennsylvania with ads decrying the relationship between Barack Obama and William Ayers, a founder of the radical Weather Underground who is now a professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
It wasn't clear who is behind the trick. Christian Pinkston, spokesman for the American Issues Project, said his group had nothing to do with it.
Loyola Law School professor Richard L. Hasen, an election law expert, said he came across the "political cyber-squatting" while exploring Internet domain names linked to Obama and Biden. "I wanted to see if the campaign was quick enough to snatch up the domain names," Hasen said.