Text of the AE-Mandated 500 Word Statement to Formally Petition for Reversal of Americans Elect Board Decision #2
[Posted to Americans Elect official "Get Satisfaction" feedback website and sent to firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com on March 2 2012 -- since Americans Elect has not made the e-mail address for the Board of Directors public as would be necessary to fulfll Rule 12.2 completely.]
My name is James Cook. I am User #385, a fully vetted and verified Americans Elect Delegate.
In this statement, I formally invoke Rule 12.2 of the latest version of the Americans Elect Rules, which declares that:
“any Delegate who wishes to reverse any decision of any Committee or Board may do so by sending a statement of 500 words or less by email to the Board within 72 hours after notice of any decision is posted on the Website. The Board shall then post the statement on the Website with instructions that any Delegate who agrees with reversal shall ‘Support Click’ the statement…. This process of Reversal Votes shall be the sole and exclusive remedy for any Delegate aggrieved by any action, conduct, or failure to act of Americans Elect.”
I fully invoke my rights as a delegate and call for the reversal of the following decision of the Americans Elect Board of Directors, first formally posted by the Board of Directors on March 2 2012: http://www.americanselect.org/news/3-2012/board-meeting-minutes-22012:
“Board Meeting Minutes, 2/20/12
The Americans Elect Board unanimously voted to ensure that no supporter would cover more than 20% of AE’s budget. In the event that any one supporter exceeds that percentage, there are provisions created to expedite repayments to that supporter.”
I am aggrieved by this decision of the Board of Directors because it permits Americans Elect to receive up to 100% financial support from just 5 people, an unacceptable level of elite corruption. Hypothetically, it could also allow Americans Elect to receive up to 100% funding from just one person, who gives money to four other people to in turn give money to Americans Elect. Worst of all, the decision does not allow Americans Elect delegates or the American people to know who the mega-million-dollar contributors to Americans Elect are. Are they Americans Elect leaders? We don’t know. Are they hedge fund managers and bank presidents? We don’t know. Are they even American citizens? We don’t know, not so long as the names of funders are not revealed.
To repeat, this statement formally calls within the allotted 72-hour period for the reversal of Board Decision #2: ” no supporter would cover more than 20% of AE’s budget. In the event that any one supporter exceeds that percentage, there are provisions created to expedite repayments to that supporter.”
I request a full initiation of the procedure under delegate powers specified in Rule 12.2, which apply to “any decision of any Committee or Board,” regardless of whether the decision is unanimous. I further request that Americans Elect rewrite its decision to:
1. include full disclosure of the names of Americans Elect donors of more than $10,000,
2. to include full disclosure of the amounts and schedules of repayment of donations of more than $10,000, including information about the sources of funds for such repayments, and
3. to declare that no supporter may donate funds amounting to more than 0.1% of Americans Elect’s budget.
Update, March 6 2012: I have not received any reply to my motion in the four days since I submitted it (a full 24 hours past the 72-hour-deadline Americans Elect sets for its delegates to communicate). But thanks to a tip, I found a chat on Reddit where Americans Elect CEO Kahlil Byrd was holding court. I asked him publicly about this motion, and he promised me that he knew about the motion and that it would be posted at the AmericansElect.org website.
It isn’t there yet. If you see the motion posted there, would you please let me know?
Update, March 7 2012: In a decision a Vogon would love, Americans Elect has posted only a Button for people to “Oppose” its new policy…
… without posting the text of the new policy so people can learn exactly what it says (no, not posting it anywhere),
… and without posting the text of the above statement as Rule 12.2 clearly requires, and as AE CEO Kahlil Byrd explicitly promised.
Functionally speaking, it’s impossible for any delegate to make an informed decision… a further violation of the declaration of Bylaw 2.3:
All Delegates and persons registered to vote in Americans Elect have a fundamental right to fully and meaningfully participate in the business and affairs of Americans Elect without any monetary encumbrance.
Americans Elect is broadly ignoring the rules and bylaws, its own foundational documents.