The Draft Bloomberg website started by Unity08 CoFounders Douglas Bailey and Gerald Rafshoon started out four days ago with a grand opening covered by three cable news channels, seven major newspapers and Time magazine. Bailey and Rafshoon often relied on their media contacts to pump up their Unity08 e-mail fundraising list, and it would typically work for a day or two. But since the idea of a presidential ticket stage-managed by a corporation never really resonated with the public, the big-media tactic couldn’t sustain Unity08′s growth.
I’m seeing the same pattern with the Unity08 CoFounders’ Draft Bloomberg petition. Here’s a graph of the total signatures by day (blue) and the new signatures added in the 24 hours previous to that day:
The total number of signatories to the Draft Bloomberg petition stands at 1,401 and, as you can see, the number of new signatures has dropped significantly as the big-media effect has worn off. In the past 24 hours, just 65 people added their names to the petition. The Draft Bloomberg petition is small and its growth is slowing down.