White House Raises Petition #
MDC says the White House couldn’t handle all the people throwing your experiment back in your face I guess.
White House raises petition signature threshold to 100K. We the People platform quadruples the number of signatures required on petitions before they merit the Obama Administration’s attention. MDC says, this just eliminated the small civil rights fighter without social media or community assistance to raise awareness.
Future petitions to the White House to build a Death Star, have Piers Morgan deported, or fire Aaron Swartz’s prosecutor will have to attract more support to merit the White House’s attention.
Beginning today, petitions filed on WhiteHouse.org’s We the People platform will need to log 100,000 signatures in 30 days to receive an official response from the Obama Administration, quadrupling the previous minimum of 25,000.
The higher threshold will “ensure we’re able to continue to give the most popular ideas the time they deserve,” Macon Phillips, the White House’s director of digital strategy, wrote in a blog post today. “This new threshold applies only to petitions created from this point forward and is not retroactively applied to ones that already exist.”
Activity on the petitions platform skyrocketed in late 2012, with the average time that petitions took to cross the 25,000-signature platform being slashed from 18 days during the first 10 months of the year to 9 days for the last two months. More than 60 percent of the petitions receiving 25,000 signatures last year did so in November and December.
“It’s wonderful to see so many people using We the People to add their voices to important policy debates here in Washington and bring attention to issues that might not get the attention they deserve,” Phillips wrote.