News Item: Christine Todd Whitman Joins the Board of Directors of Americans Elect
— November 2011.
Former New Jersey Gov. Christie Todd Whitman, who is leading a group to draft a third-party presidential candidate, is encouraging Jon Huntsman to make an independent bid for the White House.
“I would hope he would do it, frankly. He’s someone that I would support,” Whitman said Friday in an interview with POLITICO.
— Americans Elect Director Christine Todd Whitman, December 2, 2011
Article 4: Board of Directors
Section 4.12. Neutrality of Directors. Board members shall not communicate or act in favor 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. The Board shall appropriately enforce the provisions of this section as well as Section 6.1 regarding neutrality of officers of Americans Elect.
Various Americans Elect leaders have been promoting Republican candidates for President for months now — never a Democrat — claiming various exemptions along the way — oh, I wasn’t yet involved, oh, I’m not really an officer or a director.
But there’s nothing subtle about this. Christine Todd Whitman is an Americans Elect Director. Whitman is communicating in favor of Jon Huntsman. Read this article with Politico and you’ll her share more about her direct discussions with Jon Huntsman related to support for his campaign. This is a direct violation of the Americans Elect neutrality policy.
This isn’t some insignificant technical issue, either. As a member of the Board of Directors of Americans Elect, Christine Todd Whitman is in direct and ultimate control of a process to select a nominee for President of the United States in 2012. This process involves a series of votes run by the Americans Elect corporation itself, following a winnowing process to permit some candidates and eliminate others. If the Board is not neutral, and the process for selecting a candidate is not transparent and democratic, then there’s no reason to trust the Americans Elect process — and every reason to distrust it. If Americans Elect takes the democratic integrity of its election seriously, it ought to respond to this episode with celerity.