Americans Elect is a 501c4 corporation that is working to nominate a candidate for President. Americans Elect leaders say they have no favored candidate. Furthermore, Americans Elect officers are mandated to maintain neutrality regarding candidates, a mandate described in its corporate bylaws:
Section 6.1 Officers and Neutrality. Officers 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.
Americans Elect leader Dan Winslow has repeatedly expressed his support for the presidential candidacy of Mitt Romney.
In a November 13 2011 Boston Globe article, Daniel Winslow is reported as confirming that he supports Mitt Romney for President while working as a leader of Americans Elect. At the same time, Winslow claims he is exempted from the requirement of neutrality because he says he is “an outside contractor,” not an Americans Elect officer:
State Representative Daniel B. Winslow, Republican of Norfolk, is the group’s chief legal counsel. Winslow, who served about two years as counsel to Governor Mitt Romney, supports Romney in the Republican presidential nominating process.
Because he is an outside contractor, Winslow said, he is exempt from corporate bylaws requiring neutrality by officers and directors.
But in a May 2011 letter to the State of Florida, Daniel B. Winslow is listed as Secretary. He’s listed as an officer.
In its June 2011 annual report for its registration as a corporation with the state of Rhode Island, Daniel B. Winslow is listed as Secretary. He’s listed as an officer.
Daniel Winslow may or may not be an Americans Elect officer now. But he certainly has been an Americans Elect officer in the recent past. Characterizing himself as merely an “outside contractor” with Americans Elect is disingenuous.