Americans Elect is a 501c4 corporation that doesn’t disclose its funders and wants to nominate its own candidate for President in 2012. No Labels is a 501c4 corporation that doesn’t disclose its funders and has talked about promoting its favored candidates for Congress in 2012. Although the two organizations use the same centrist vocabulary, they swear there’s no relationship between them. Despite what Americans Elect and No Labels leaders declare publicly, there are a number of observable connections between the two corporate efforts. A new connection has just come to light.
As Americans Elect rolled out its website in July of 2011, the Los Angeles Times obtained the membership list of the Americans Elect Board of Advisors. For some reason, Americans Elect has not yet shared that list with citizens on its website, but you can read an annotated list of official Americans Elect Advisors here. One of the names you’ll find listed there is Philip K. Howard.
Philip K. Howard is a lawyer, a partner in a corporate law firm that specializes in mergers and acquisitions. Howard appears prominently in reports on the elite New York City party circuit. Howard is also an author of books and associated editorials in which he calls for relaxation of legal standards on the ethical conduct of business, the loosening of environmental regulations, and the curtailment of safety net programs like Medicare and Social Security.
Until the middle of July 2011, as this Google cache file of the No Labels website shows Philip K. Howard was listed as a “Citizen Leader” of No Labels. See also a screen capture of a Google search to this effect:
If not for these screen captures, evidence of the Philip K. Howard connection between Americans Elect and No Labels would not have lasted for long. As Americans Elect started its publicity campaign and Philip K. Howard’s role in Americans Elect leaked out, No Labels deleted all reference to Philip K. Howard from its website. The next time that Google refreshes its cache, Philip K. Howard will disappear entirely down No Labels’ memory hole.