The first 501c4 corporation ever to mount its own presidential nomination may soon be more transparent, to a degree that remains to be seen.
After the application of a fair amount of pressure by a large number of people, Americans Elect Chief Technology Officer Joshua Levine has reversed his corporation’s previous stonewall policy and pledged to add some disclosure of information to the Americans Elect website by the end of August 2011. From an e-mail sent to me late last night by Mr. Levine:
i believe the changes at the end of the month cover many of the “who are you” requests that i read today. funding will also be addressed at month end. i’m sure you’ll let me know whether it does when the updates are in place in a few weeks.
you certainly have my permission to publish this copy from the getsatisfaction.com:
we’re working quickly to add “who we are” to the learn icon at end of august. it is a page that shows the board of directors, the board of advisors and the management team (note that all of the management team has been in the news section for months, albeit ugly to scroll through, except for kahlil byrd). we think the graphic design is nice and in keeping with the look and feel of rest of the site. the current bylaws will also be there and downloadable.
we’ve heard all the feedback. we’re just getting organized and trying to keep up with the pace of work. thank you for your patience.
all the best,
It’s not exactly true that “all of the management team has been in the news section for months, albeit ugly to scroll through, except for kahlil byrd.” Peter Ackerman isn’t in the news section either, and Ackerman and Byrd have long been the top two principals at the Americans Elect corporation. The current corporate leadership titles of officers Wendy Drake and Elliot Ackerman are also not reflected in these blog posts (as current searches of the americanselect.org website show).
Regardless of that, if carried out as promised this will represent a significant step forward for Americans Elect. Let’s pay close attention to what Americans Elect actually delivers.