Before this morning, it was already known that pollster and pundit Douglas Schoen had been writing for months (12/31/10, 4/7/11, 6/8/11, 8/25/11) about the need for an alternative to the two major political parties and, eventually, about his discovery of “evidence” for a groundswell of “discontent coursing through the electorate” in the formation of a group called Americans Elect:
We already see evidence on the ground that from the discontent coursing through the electorate there may emerge a third or even fourth political party that would be competitive in next year’s presidential election. Look no further than the recent launch of the centrist, bipartisan, Americans Elect. This is a nonprofit political organization that plans to break the stranglehold of the two-party duopoly by selecting a third presidential ticket, via an Internet convention, that will be on the ballot in 2012.
We found out at the beginning of August 2011 that pollster and pundit Douglas Schoen in fact had a cozy relationship with Americans Elect as a member of its Board of Advisors. Douglas Schoen did not disclose this fact in any of his above-mentioned publications pushing the Americans Elect agenda.
And now we find out this morning, with the publication of an Americans Elect candidate handbook, that Douglas Schoen has actually been working for Americans Elect during the period in which he wrote those articles:
Douglas Schoen did not disclose this fact in any of his above-mentioned publications that promoted the Americans Elect agenda and eventually Americans Elect itself. Instead, he spoke in the voice of an independent observer.
If the corporate leaders of Americans Elect are wondering why a number of Americans are reluctant to offer a presumption of trust in the kind motivations of the Americans Elect private nominating system, and instead insist upon transparent documentation of Americans Elect’s behavior, they need look no farther than the example of ostensibly-independent-writing, board-of-advising, Americans-Elect-employed Douglas Schoen.