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Christine Todd Whitman, Americans Elect Director, Speaks out for Jon Huntsman for President

Section 4.12. Neutrality of Directors. Board members shall not communicate or act in favor of or in opposition to any candidate for President or Vice President at any time before the adjournment of the online nominating convention of Americans Elect.

That’s the very specific requirement set out in the bylaws of Americans Elect, the 501c4 corporation that doesn’t disclose the sources of its multimillion dollar funding and aims to run its own private presidential nomination in 2012.

Christine Todd Whitman, communicating her favorite Republican candidate for President in October of 2011:

Christine Todd Whitman on WMUR, October 2011James Pindell, WMURPoliticalScoop.com: Have you made any decision as to who you think should be the next president?

Former New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman: Well, I haven’t endorsed a candidate, but I have to say that looking at the field we certainly have a wide variety and we have a number of people who have the kind of experience that would allow them to be good presidents. But I would support Jon Huntsman.

Guess who was named to the Board of Directors of Americans Elect in October of 2011?

That’s right; nothing gets by you. Christine Todd Whitman joined the Americans Elect Board of Directors in October of 2011.

5 comments to Christine Todd Whitman, Americans Elect Director, Speaks out for Jon Huntsman for President

  • Can you tell us the date she commented on Huntsman, and the date she became an Americans Elect director? Your post says both happened in October, but that doesn’t tell us if she was a director when she said what she did.

    • Richard,

      The answer is that we don’t know. We don’t know when Christine Todd Whitman became an Americans Elect director. We only know that the Who We Are website detailing leadership was last updated on October 31, which means that Christine Todd Whitman became a director some time in the month of October.

      We would have known if Americans Elect had, as required by Florida law, been giving public notice of its meetings.

      As I’ll point out in an upcoming post, one doesn’t get appointed a director like one wins the Publisher’s Clearinghouse Sweepstakes. She would have known she was becoming a director. Depending on the exact timing, she either is directly in formal violation of the Americans Elect bylaws or, knowing she was to become a director, violated their spirit by tossing away her neutrality on TV.

      We will find out the date of the change when Americans Elect gets around to filing papers describing its change in corporate leadership. Who knows when that will be — despite its many millions of dollars at hand, Americans Elect has not been prompt in that regard.

  • Mike D

    I have to say, I’m glad you guys report on Americans Elect . . . Other than your RSS feed, I’ve never seen a mention of this organization anywhere. At all.

    Which suggests to me that their PR machine ain’t doing so hot?

    • They’ve been featured on CNN, FOX News, MSBNC, the Sunday news programs, in the Washington Post, New York Times, Los Angeles Times and countless other newspapers, magazines and TV shows.

      Maybe you avoid the mainstream news and get your information elsewhere?

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