In an August 1 2011 interview broadcast over the airwaves of the Wisconsin Radio Network, Americans Elect COO Elliot Ackerman claimed that names of donors to Americans Elect “are available publicly on the website.” That would surely be reassuring to listeners who might be worrying whether the group might be hiding something about the sources of money behind the first-ever 501c4 corporate presidential election bid. A transcript from audio:
Interviewer Bob Hague: Are the names of those donors available anywhere on the website, anywhere publicly?
Americans Elect Chief Operating Officer Elliot Ackerman: Those donors, if they choose to disclose, their names are available publicly on the website, and certain donors have the choice not to disclose.
I encourage you to visit the Americans Elect website as I’ve done tonight. I encourage you to visit every section of the Americans Elect website:
Look long and hard. Do you know what you won’t find, at least today? You won’t find the name of a single identified donor. As of August 1, 2011 — after Ackerman made his remarks — the names aren’t there. The names of donors weren’t there yesterday either, or the week before that, or the month before that.
There is only one way in which Americans Elect corporate COO Elliot Ackerman’s transparent-sounding claim over the Wisconsin airwaves could possibly be true: if every single donor to Americans Elect had expressly told Americans Elect not to disclose their names to the public. That would make Ackerman’s claim trivially true.
Now that I think about it, there is another possibility. Perhaps by “the website” Elliot Ackerman means a website that isn’t the Americans Elect website, one with a name nobody knows or ever visits, like vogonconstructorfleetnoticeonfileatalphacentauri.biz. But surely Elliot Ackerman doesn’t mean that. That sort of statement would be disconnected from reality.
Moving back to reality, where are those names, Elliot Ackerman? Will you actually post them to the Americans Elect website so the world can see? Can you make your good-sounding untruth true?