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From Arizona, another Document to show that Yes, Americans Elect is a Political Party

Is Americans Elect, the first-ever corporate privatized online presidential nomination, a political party?

Gosh, no, said Americans Elect in the Spring of 2011:

“Here is what Americans Elect is not. We are not a third party. We are not a political party of any sort.”

Golly, no, said Americans Elect in the Summer of 2011:

“The key delineation to make is that we’re not a party.”

Heck, no, said Americans Elect in the Fall of 2011:

“We’re not a political party and don’t have an aspiration to be.”

A point-blank no from Americans Elect in December of 2011 in a TV interview with Chris Matthews:

“We’re not a political party, Chris.”

And gee whizzikers, no, Americans Elect continues to insist in January of 2012:

“We are not a political party.”

On our Americans Elect web page we list seven sources documenting Americans Elect as a political party. Need another document? How about this one, straight from the Arizona Secretary of State?

Arizona Secretary of State Document documenting in three locations that Americans Elect is a political party.

Filer Type: Political Party
Organization Type: Political Party
Relationship: National Party

You can’t get much clearer than that. So why does Americans Elect continue to swear up and down, over and over again, publicly, that it is not a political party?

I can’t tell you what motivates Americans Elect, because Americans Elect hasn’t communicated with me, although I’ve sent them questions in many ways.

But I can tell you this:

1. In America, political parties can’t take unlimited amounts of money.
2. In America, political parties can’t hide the names of the people who give them money.
3. Americans Elect is currently doing both.

5 comments to From Arizona, another Document to show that Yes, Americans Elect is a Political Party

  • It’s not true that “political parties can’t take unlimited amounts of money.” Federal campaign laws only regulate parties that are FEC-designated “national committees”, and there is no law that says any party needs to apply for “national committee” status with the FEC. The New Alliance Party put its presidential nominee, Lenora Fulani, on the ballot of all 50 states in 1988, and it never applied for national committee status.

    The US Court of Appeals ruled in Unity08 v FEC in 2010 that if a party isn’t a “national committee” and if it doesn’t have any federal nominees, people can give as much money as they wish to such a party. Similarly, before the McCain-Feingold law came into existence, Ross Perot pumped tens of millions of dollars into his Reform Party in 1995 and 1996, and it was all legal. The Reform Party didn’t apply for “national committee” status until 1998.

    • Richard, I appreciate your information. However, the U.S. Court of Appeals decision nowhere mentions a “national committee,” which you’ve put in quotes. I paid attention to that case from 2006 on, while it was wending through the system. The case Unity08 brought sought a definition of itself outside that of a traditional political party, and sought to obtain a status outside party qualification — it sought and claimed throughout the 2008 election cycle Section 527 status. Now it is claiming a new status it didn’t legally argue for in the previous election — 501c4 status — while very definitely registering as a political party in many states. Meanwhile, Arizona and Florida documents refer to the state parties as affiliates of a “national party.”

      Finally, I quote the FEC, which does not only refer to “national committees” but also to “state committees”:

      Political Party Activity
      Political parties are active in federal elections at the local, state and national levels. Most party committees organized at the state and national levels as well as some committees organized at the local level are required to register with the FEC and file reports disclosing their federal campaign activities.

      Party committees may contribute funds directly to federal candidates, subject to the contribution limits. National and state party committees may make additional “coordinated expenditures,” subject to limits, to help their nominees in general elections. Party committees may also make unlimited “independent expenditures” to support or oppose federal candidates, as described in the section above. National party committees, however, may not solicit, receive, direct, transfer, or spend nonfederal funds. Finally, while state and local party committees may spend unlimited amounts on certain grassroots activities specified in the law without affecting their other contribution and expenditure limits (for example, voter drives by volunteers in support of the party’s Presidential nominees and the production of campaign materials for volunteer distribution), they must use only federal funds or “Levin funds” when they finance certain “Federal election activity.”

      Party committees must register and file disclosure reports with the FEC once their federal election activities exceed certain dollar thresholds specified in the law.

      I defer to your knowledge about “national committees” otherwise.

  • state parties aren’t required to file with the FEC as “state committees” either. It’s all voluntary. And even if a party that is affiliated with a nationally organized party (one that is not a national committee) wants “state committee” status, the FEC will refuse it, and say “Sorry, you are affiliated with a national party that isn’t a ‘national committee’ so you can’t have “state committee” status.

  • That’s interesting, Richard, particularly because what you’re saying is at variance with what the FEC brochure says (see “required” v. “voluntary”). I’m not saying you’re wrong, Richard, I’m just noting the variance.

  • The big thing is, I have claimed a committee as Americans Elect of Arizona and will become Arizona’s next Governor (2014) through this ballot access. Call it third party, True Libertarian, True Republican, True Democratic Leadership to protect the Bill of Rights AND to create jobs without Pay-to-Play scandalous actions… JL MEALER must become Arizona’s next Governor or this state is dead and the rest of the nation will follow.

    Arizona cannot handle another 4 years of dead-end “buddy politics”, we need a real leader and that is me. I serve NO PARTY. This is about survival of a state and nation and serving the people and protecting and to reinstitute the Law of the Land (Bill of Rights).

    Mealer means careers and industry and an open, unfettered ability to create and maintain a personal/private business… With one heck of a way to perpetuate that business when times are tough (my 100% optional OEISP program)… Please, read Mealer Initiative 2014, a free 15 page pdf download from http://jlmealer.com

    I will not split the vote. I want ALL of the votes.

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