Yesterday, Facebook User AE Transparency got into an exchange with Buddy Roemer, a politician who first left the Democratic party and then left the Republican presidential race and now is running as an Americans Elect candidate. AE Transparency asked:
AE Transparency: Mr. Roemer, concerns that Americans Elect Corporation is a hedge fund and junk bond-funded ‘game’ to nominate Peter Ackerman’s choice for President are now too loud, and too well-supported, to be ignored. AECorp’s self-appointed (not elected) Board of Directors reserves “extraordinary power and authority to take or compel any action”, and recently successfully suppressed a delegate effort to overturn a controversial Board decision. As a reformer, what can and will you do to help us reform Americans Elect Corporation so that it LIVES the democratic principles it espouses?
Roemer: I don’t agree with your baseless concerns. My staff and I have met with AE’s chairman, executive leadership and board of directors numerous times and I can tell you their heart is in the right place. Peter Ackerman is a good man and I do not buy into the rumors. Their board is made up of well-respected CEO’s, former Governors and Senators and Congressmen who are fed up with the partisan gridlock and corruption. These are decent people and some of them I call friends. The left and right are scared of change. I have from day one demanded that AE disclose their donors. I have told them they should pay back their secret donors, which they are doing. I have also committed to helping them raise money to pay back their secret donors if I am their nominee.
AE Transparency: Would your response then be “trust us?”
At this point, Buddy Roemer stopped talking to AE Transparency.
Perhaps Roemer learned the lesson, “when you’re in a hole, stop digging,” because unfortunately he doesn’t have his facts straight here about what’s a fact and what’s “baseless” or “rumor.” As AE Transparency pointed out in a later post, Roemer’s depiction of the Board of Directors is wildly off-mark:
Fact check: what did Buddy Roemer know…and when did he know it…when he stated regarding Americans Elect Corporation (see post immediately below) that “Their board is made up of well-respected CEO’s, former Governors and Senators and Congressmen”
1. “CEOs”: Almost true: The only CEO serving on Americans Elect’s Board of Directors is Americans Elect’s CEO, Kahlil Byrd.
2. “Former Governors”: Almost true. One former governor, Christine Whitman…not plural “governors”
3. “Senators”: Simply false. No senator, past or present, serves on Americans Elect Corporation’s Board of Directors.
4. “Congressmen”: Simply false. No congresspersons, past or present, serve on Americans Elect Corporation’s Board of Directors.
We’re delighted that candidate Roemer has taken the time to thoroughly vett the Board before casting his lot in with Americans Elect Corporation. Alas, it seems he was vetting some OTHER board.
It’s not “baseless” for AE Transparency to refer to Americans Elect as “hedge fund and junk bond-funded.” Peter Ackerman, a principal founder acknowledged by made his initial fortune as right-hand mand to junk bond king Michael Milken, and even dedicated Americans Elect supporters admit that it is funded by “serious hedge-fund money.”
It’s not baseless or a rumor to call the Americans Elect corporation’s Board of Directors “self-appointed (not elected).” That’s what it is. See the bylaws of Americans Elect.
Read the bylaws and you’ll also find the text indicating that ” the Board shall reserve extraordinary authority and power to take or compel any action necessary to ensure that the purpose of Americans Elect is not defeated by the acts or omissions of any persons or parties.” That’s not baseless. That’s not a rumor.
Finally, it’s not a baseless rumor that Americans Elect recently successfully suppressed a delegate effort to overturn a controversial Board decision. It happened, and it’s documented right here.
I could try to wrap this up with a snazzy little catch phrase, but sometimes you just have to say something baldly: Buddy Roemer either doesn’t know what’s going on with Americans Elect, or doesn’t care to speak the truths he’s aware of.
Don’t believe the politicians on Americans Elect. Heck, don’t believe me or AE Transparency or anyone else either. Follow the links you have and look up the primary source truth on Americans Elect for yourself.