The Obama campaign took control of the Barack Obama MySpace profile today, after the profile's original creator, 29-year-old Joe Anthony of Los Angeles, CA attempted to bill the campaign $39,000 plus around $10,000 in fees for the profile and its 160,000 "friends."
The Obama campaign had worked together with Anthony to build the profile, sharing access to the site and control of its content. As the campaign moves forward, however, campaign officials felt it was important that only those officially involved with the campaign would be able to post content under Barack Obama's name.
MySpace, which reserves the right to take control of a profile at any time, gave control of the profile to the Obama campaign. Anthony retained the old profile's online "friends" and an "unofficial" Barack Obama profile.
Already, Obama has 13,000 "friends" on the new profile.