Americans Elect is now a Political Party, and Kellen Arno Takes Over as Secretary
On July 28 2010, Americans Elect, the political corporation with the declared goal of nominating its own candidates for President and Vice President of the United States, filed papers to register as an corporate entity in the state of Nevada, as it has done in all 50 states. As in other state filings at the time, Kahlil Byrd was listed as Secretary of the Americans Elect corporation.
As of November 8 2010, Americans Elect is listed as a qualified political party with the Nevada Secretary of State. Although the corporation has not yet gathered enough signatures to qualify for ballot access, anecdotal reports and IRS disclosures suggest that Americans Elect is currently gathering signatures for presidential election ballot access in Nevada and Arizona using the paid services of Arno Political Consultants, a company with a controverisal history of ballot signature practices. Americans Elect should be able to easily qualify for ballot access in the state of Nevada, requiring approximately 9,000 signatures.
In its registration as a political party, the Americans Elect corporation indicated that its Secretary is now Kellen Arno. Kellen Arno is a senior associate at Arno Political Consultants, the corporation selected by Americans Elect to collect its ballot access signatures. In the 2nd and 3rd quarters of 2010, Americans Elect has paid $247,120 to Arno Political Consultants for its ballot access services.