Americans Elect characterizes itself as just a platform for a presidential nominating election, not trying to promote or oppose any particular candidacies. But is that really what’s going on?
According to its own corporate bylaws and press declarations, Americans Elect leadership is supposed to remain neutral, refraining from communicating or acting to promote or oppose any candidate for president. But the leaders of Americans Elect can’t seem to help themselves: from Daniel Winslow to Christine Todd Whitman to Mark McKinnon to Nick Troiano to Douglas Schoen to the nameless webmaster designing the Americans Elect Candidates page, Americans Elect leadership has violated neutrality, consistently in the direction of promoting a Republican candidate for President of the United States.
Last month, in an interview with a Huffington Post reporter, Lady Lynn Forester de Rothschild joined the club of Americans Elect leaders violating Americans Elect neutrality. In that interview, Lady de Rothschild:
- Spoke in opposition to presidential candidate Barack Obama as a “disappointing option,” adding that “I think Obama has shown a lack of leadership that will not just disappear overnight.”
- Declared that “I would ultimately back Romney over Obama.”
- Further “stressed that she hopes Huntsman will win the Republican nomination, and that if he doesn’t, she’ll back Mitt Romney.”
- Named a trio of “wish-list” candidates she would support if running: “CIA Director David Petraeus, former Washington D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee, and David Walker” — who is a cofounder of the congressional race electioneering corporation No Labels, which de Rothschild also supports
Will Lady de Rothschild be sanctioned for violating Americans Elect neutrality? Don’t bet on it. There’s been no public indication of any sanction for Americans Elect leaders McKinnon, Schoen, Troiano, Whitman or Winslow when they’ve stepped beyond neutrality and advocated for their Republicans of choice.