Americans Elect Form 990 Shows Peter Ackerman in Firm Control from the Start
The detail I’d like to note this morning is the distribution of power among the three Directors of Americans Elect in 2010, the year that Peter Ackerman resurrected Americans Elect from the ashes of Unity08 and placed it in his private top-floor suite of offices on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, DC.
Of those three directors, only Americans Elect Chairman Peter Ackerman is a known monetary contributor to Americans Elect. In fact, until Americans Elect converted itself from a Section 527 organization into a 501c4 corporation so that it could hide the identity of its contributors, Peter Ackerman was the Alpha and the Omega of Americans Elect’s budget, its sole funder.
One of the other two directors is Kahlil Byrd. In 2010, Kahlil Byrd was an employee of Americans Elect, receiving money in two forms. Byrd was paid $141,125 directly, and $132,500 through Sung Media Ventures, a political consulting shop of which Kahlil Byrd is the owner. Officially, Kahlil Byrd received that all money from Americans Elect itself. Practically speaking, Kahlil Byrd got his money from Peter Ackerman. This makes Kahlil Byrd a dependent of Peter Ackerman, not an independent actor.
The other director, Thomas Richardson, is a lawyer with no record of political interest. Form 990 reports that “Peter Ackerman and Thomas Richardson have a business relationship.” Richardson is listed as putting only 5 hours of work a week into Americans Elect; Ackerman is listed as putting in 45 hours a week, and Byrd 50 hours a week.
In 2010, Peter Ackerman, Kahlil Byrd and Thomas Richardson formed the leadership of Americans Elect, this corporation that wants to elect a President. Thomas Richardson was a business associate and lawyer. Kahlil Byrd was an employee. Peter Ackerman held the money and was the sole independent player behind this unique political effort for all of 2010.
To learn more about Peter Ackerman, read this thread of articles.