We know that the Americans Elect corporation will soon make a public launch of its efforts to arrange the election of its own candidate for President of the United States. But there’s a lot we don’t know about the group. Could that be about to change?
The new Policy Director of Americans Elect is Elliot Ackerman. On April 28, Michael Peterson left a message on Americans Elect’s Facebook page challenging Americans Elect to fully disclose the identities of its corporate leadership and its funders:
As you can see from this screen capture, Americans Elect Policy Director Elliot Ackerman has gone out of the way to “like” this comment. Americans Elect has started to identify people who are in its administration, but not done so completely. But Americans Elect has certainly not provided a “complete list of… where the initial funding is coming from.”
On the contrary, Americans Elect changed its status to that of a 501c4 corporation last fall so that it would be able to stop making disclosures of its contributors. Americans Elect has not responded to letters, phone calls, e-mails or personal visits with questions about financial disclosure. Americans Elect casts itself as a movement of reform, but is actually far less transparent than the major parties it aspires to knock out of the White House.
So what does it mean that Americans Elect Policy Director Elliot Ackerman has “liked” Michael Peterson’s request for a complete list of its initial funders?
It could mean that Elliot Ackerman is getting ready to make such a complete disclosure. This would be good news for fans of transparency in political campaigns.
It could also mean that despite his title, Policy Director Elliot Ackerman is not in charge of policy.
It could mean that Ackerman is new on the job and hasn’t gotten the memo.
It could mean that Ackerman’s Facebook account has been hacked.
It could mean that Ackerman’s finger slipped.
We can hope that the first possibility is what’s really going on, but experience has taught me not to be sanguine. Wait and see.