Washington Journal Moderator Libby Casey: Who is Peter Ackerman, and how much money is he contributing?
Americans Elect Chief Operating Officer Elliot Ackerman: Um, Peter Ackerman is one of the individuals who, uh, came to this effort early on and, uh, he like many others provided the seed money to do this. And so Americans Elect basically represents an effort that is one sixtieth the size the amount of funding that people are going to spending in the two major parties for their campaigns.
What Elliot Ackerman didn’t say:
Peter Ackerman is Chairman and Director of Americans Elect.
Peter Ackerman is the major founder of Americans Elect.
Peter Ackerman is a billionaire wealth investor and corporate takeover specialist invested in a number of industries. Peter Ackerman is Elliot Ackerman’s father, which is how Elliot Ackerman obtained his current position.
Before Americans Elect stopped disclosing the sources of its funding, Peter Ackerman was the sole funder of Americans Elect, putting well over a million dollars into the corporate political effort.
Since September 30 2010, Americans Elect has refused to disclose how much money is being funneled into Americans Elect by its moneyed contributors, including Peter Ackerman.
Elliot Ackerman didn’t answer the question. No one at Americans Elect has answered the question.