Update, August 11 2011: Americans Elect Chief Technology Officer Joshua Levine has used Americans Elect's terms of service through getsatisfaction.com to require that we remove all quotations from this article that criticize Americans Elect. Although we believe that under fair use provisions of copyright law we have the right to publish excerpts for purposes of reporting, Americans Elect is funded by at least one billionaire and has lawyers. We are still paying off our student loans and have no lawyers. This is why you will see removal notices below. I encourage you to visit the discussion thread which we've been prohibited from quoting for full documentation.
Over at Americans Elect’s question and answer system, people have been asking for 17 days now for transparency and a disclosure of the funders, advisors, officers and employees behind Americans Elect.
Americans Elect has only shared an incomplete smattering of mentions of officers on its website, and has posted no information on any of the funders or advisors who have been pushing the effort to elect the nation’s first 501c4 corporate President of the USA. They haven’t shared much of an answer to people’s questions, either. In response to the initial question, “Who’s Behind This?,” Americans Elect Deputy Chief Technology Officer Dimple Bhayani wrote a classic non-answer before checking the question “Answered!”:
Few are satisfied with that response. A sample of the dozens of skeptical replies to Bhayani’s non-disclosure:
… and so on and so forth.
Today, after 17 days of no answers, Americans Elect Chief Technology Officer Joshua Levine started a new effort at appearing to answer the question by posting some comments on the thread:
Levine’s answer appears reasonable on the surface, but if you think about it that appearance dissipates. When Joshua Levine insists that “it’s there,” he’s wrong. It’s not all there.
See here for documentation on lack of complete information on officers at the americanselect.org website, and see also here for an Irregular Times annotated list of the Americans Elect Board of Advisors. Americans Elect has not posted that information at all on its website. If not for the LA Times, which originally released the copy of the Board, the American people would not have access to this list at all. I’d like to offer a third “see here” link to a complete set of Americans Elect funders, but nobody outside the Americans Elect organization has seen that list. None of these varieties of information have been disclosed on the Americans Elect website. It’s not “there” at all.
And come on now, Mr. Levine. The “limited funds and resources” excuse is so thin that it’s see-through.
The information Americans Elect is being begged to share on its website is already at hand for staffers. Americans Elect already has an internal list of its Board of Advisors, as shown above. And according to Americans Elect bylaws (which it also hasn’t posted on its website — here’s a copy), the 501c4 corporation should already have a list of its officers, since it has a corporate Secretary who takes care of the minutes of your meetings where the officers have been appointed.
It doesn’t take “funds and resources” to post simple pre-existing files like bylaws, a list of officers, and a list of the Board of Advisors. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist, either. It takes two minutes with an ftp connection to upload the files and one more minute to insert three lines of code into a website’s main menu:
[a href="URL"]Board of Advisors[/a]
Why hasn’t someone at Americans Elect taken the three minutes and zero dollars required to do that?
There’s no answer to that question. There’s no answer to dozens of simple and not-so-simple questions that Americans have posed to Americans Elect…. and we’re to believe that’s because a 501c4 corporation led by a billionaire and advised by hedge fund managers has “limited funds and resources.”
No, Americans Elect doesn’t have the time to post the names of its officers and its funders and its advisors. Americans Elect says that would just be too hard, not like… um… coordinating the nation’s first secure hack-free presidential nomination vote. No, they say they’re ready to do that. Because that’ll be easy, you see, not nearly so hard as sharing the names of the people behind the scenes at Americans Elect.
While they’re so busy, ever so much too busy to share basic information with the American people, Americans Elect is taking out time to post this: