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MTV News reports on the drama related to the Obama’08 Campaign, Joe Anthony, and the Barack Obama MySpace page he built as a volunteer.

May 3 2007 1:35 PM EDT
By Gil Kaufman, with reporting by Matt Sunbulli

“They took it … they just took it from me.”

That was how Joe Anthony described what happened this week when the campaign of Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama took control of the unofficial MySpace page Anthony set up in Obama’s name in November 2004.

(Watch webcam correspondent Matt Sunbulli chat up Joe Anthony about the Barack Obama MySpace takeover, right here.)

Granted, though clearly labeled as unofficial, the site has the valuable URL www.MySpace.com/barackobama and when the Obama camp approached Anthony in March to discuss working with them, the conversations were initially cordial.

But in an interview with MTV News — one of only two he’s given this week — Anthony described how things quickly fell apart and he was left on the sidelines as the Obama campaign took over the site he estimates he spent five to 10 hours a day building up.

“After [asking] my consent [to turn over the page], they originally threatened to delete the profile, but they did say that they needed my consent for MySpace to take the profile from me. I said in clear language … [that] MySpace does not have my consent to take this profile,” Anthony explained on Wednesday. “And of course they did it, and that’s why we’re here. It’s not about the money, it’s not about anything else. They took this profile without my consent.” Read More, CLICK HERE

Total Buzz has a story on this as well.
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