San Jose Inside today purchased the abandoned domain of the shuttered political blog San Jose Revealed. The price for the expired Internet registration was less than $10.
Internet users browsing to sanjoserevealed.com will now be directed to the San Jose Inside article revealing that the anonymous hit site was operated by former South Bay Labor Council political director Philip Bump. The Mission City Lantern blog also covered the saga. The site, which was shut down as soon as SJI published its findings on the Bump connection, was used to attack journalists and public officials unfriendly to SBLC — and sometimes published maps to their residences.
On July 31, 2009, San Jose Inside described how money flowed from charitable foundations to the non-profit 501c3 Working Partnerships USA to the South Bay Labor Council and then to Bump. Former SBLC Executive Director Cindy Chavez, who now heads the closely linked Working Partnerships USA, has denied any knowledge of who operated San Jose Revealed.
The domain was originally registered on April 27, 2007, six months after Chavez lost an election to become mayor of San Jose by more than 18 percentage points, and less than four months after Chuck Reed was sworn in as mayor of San Jose.
In January 2008, 19-year-old former Chavez aide Eric Hernandez was arrested for hacking into email accounts of several City Hall staffers, including Mayor Chuck Reed’s chief of staff and the girlfriend of Councilman Sam Liccardo. Information from the hacked accounts quickly showed up on San Jose Revealed.