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Unity08 Registry of DRAFTMICHAELBLOOMBERG.COM Goes Back to June 2007

The two Unity08 CoFounders, Douglas L. Bailey and Gerald Rafshoon, cashed in their Unity08 chits on January 10, 2008, shutting down the organization and declaring today, a bare 5 days later, a full campaign to Draft MultiBillionaire Michael Bloomberg for President to, um, er, bring the voice of the little people back into politics, um, er? Bailey and Rafshoon will be in charge and what a mighty con$ulting opportunity this will be.

Here comes the interesting part. Douglas L. Bailey said in a news conference today (video link, see 03:16)that “This draft effort has just, just begun.” Is that true? Unity08 CoFounders Bailey and Rafshoon are using the website draftmichaelbloomberg.com to promote their efforts (no, boys, no link juice for you). draftmichaelbloomberg.com has no web history and no web archive — it does not appear to have been used before Unity08 CoFounders Bailey and Rafshoon launched it.

Here’s the whois registry for draftmichaelbloomberg.com — which explicitly states client transfer is prohibited:

Registrant:
Domains by Proxy, Inc.
DomainsByProxy.com
15111 N. Hayden Rd., Ste 160, PMB 353
Scottsdale, Arizona 85260
United States

Registered through: GoDaddy.com, Inc. (http://www.godaddy.com)
Domain Name: DRAFTMICHAELBLOOMBERG.COM
Created on: 25-Jun-07
Expires on: 26-Jun-09
Last Updated on: 25-Jun-07

Administrative Contact:
Private, Registration DRAFTMICHAELBLOOMBERG.COM@domainsbyproxy.com
Domains by Proxy, Inc.
DomainsByProxy.com
15111 N. Hayden Rd., Ste 160, PMB 353
Scottsdale, Arizona 85260
United States
(480) 624-2599 Fax — (480) 624-2599

Domain Name: DRAFTMICHAELBLOOMBERG.COM
Registrar: GODADDY.COM, INC.
Whois Server: whois.godaddy.com
Referral URL: http://registrar.godaddy.com
Name Server: NS55.DOMAINCONTROL.COM
Name Server: NS56.DOMAINCONTROL.COM
Status: clientDeleteProhibited
Status: clientRenewProhibited
Status: clientTransferProhibited
Status: clientUpdateProhibited
Updated Date: 26-jun-2007
Creation Date: 26-jun-2007
Expiration Date: 26-jun-2009

Wait a minute. The registration date for the draftbloomberg.com effort was June 25 or June 26, 2007. June 25 or June 26, 2007. A registration in secret by proxy on June 25 or June 26 2007. That was when Bailey and Rafshoon were thick in the leadership of Unity08 and swearing up and down that golly gee, they weren’t running Unity08 as a prop-up stalking horse for any particular candidate.

Perhaps there’s something simple that explains all this. But boy, does this need to be explained.

10 comments to Unity08 Registry of DRAFTMICHAELBLOOMBERG.COM Goes Back to June 2007

  • While I was at Unity08, we registered hundreds of domain names for all of the possible well-known candidates that had yet to enter the 2008 race, but could possibly do so. draftmichaelbloomberg.com happened to be one of them. The DBC purchased this asset from Unity08 as a temporary URL until draftbloomerg.com (the current URL) had propagated. draftmichaelbloomberg.com is now redirecting to draftbloomberg.com.

  • And when, Bob, did that purchase take place?

    What are the other candidate name domains that were purchased?

  • Jim

    Good questions, Peregrin. After all, didn’t Unity08 promise transparency?

  • Yeah. Why didn’t Unity08 tell its members about this? Why did Unity08 leadership decide which candidates deserved to run? Weren’t the Unity08 members supposed to do the choosing?

  • mw

    Bob, Bob, Bob,

    Some advice: Stop digging.

    Some more Bob commentary here.

  • Jim

    Indeed, M.W. When you’re in a hole, the first thing to do…. Ah, but he’s started, and we’re grateful for all the information he has to give.

    Notice the link Bob Roth provides along with his name. The e-mail address he provided with his comment is also associated with the draftbloomberg.com website. Apparently, Douglas L. Bailey and Gerald Rafshoon is not the only person who has moved seamlessly from Unity08 to the Bloomberg campaign. Bob Roth has, too.

    Bob, is there anybody else besides you, Douglas L. Bailey and Gerald Rafshoon who has ported from Unity08 to the Bloomberg campaign?

  • mw

    I dunno Jim, Shouldn’t be too surprising I suppose. Small team, tight knit organization, operating in an atmosphere of mutual respect, shoulder to shoulder, fighting the good fight… why wouldn’t a number of them follow each other to the new deal?

    Along those lines, looks like Shilpi Niyogi also made the jump:

    http://www.linkedin.com/in/shilpiniyogi

    Apparently your comment service strips links, So fyi – I just updated my DisUnity08 post (linked on my sig)to reflect comments from here and Donklephant.

  • microscope

    Propagate? URL’s propagate?

    Would that be meiosis or mitosis?

    And why does a draftmichaelbloomberg.com URL need time to propagate but a draftbloomerg.com (sic) URL does not?

  • Jim

    Nice catch on Shilpi Niyogi, MW. That’s four of ‘em now that just “happen” (Bob Roth’s words at your excellent post) to have moved over to the Bloomberg campaign directly from Unity08.

    I agree, it’s no surprise that they would. It’s completely natural that Unity08 staffer after Unity08 staffer would transfer to the Bloomberg campaign… if the whole thing was a Bloomberg attraction device for consultants-in-waiting from the get-go.

  • Iroquois

    I wonder what happened to that nice Anya T. Harris lady who was so friendly and so enjoyed talking to Jim on the phone.

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