Neutrality? Americans Elect Leader Tweets His Heart Out for Buddy Roemer
Update, April 3 2012: some time in the last two days, Americans Elect revised its Who We Are web page to remove reference to Lawrence Lessig as part of its “Leadership.” He is now listed there as a member of an official board of Americans Elect, without any reference to him being in “Leadership.”
Does Americans Elect have a neutrality policy regarding presidential candidates? Yes, it does.
Is Lawrence Lessig an Americans Elect leader? Yes, he is. [Update 4/3: see above for change as of the beginning of April 2012]
Do Americans Elect leaders have a large say in determining who gets to have ballot access and who doesn’t? Yes, they do.
Have Lawrence Lessig’s exact leadership duties been disclosed by Lessig or Americans Elect? No, they haven’t.
Is Lawrence Lessig heading out in public to promote presidential candidate Buddy Roemer? Yes, he is. Selected Lessig tweets:
As John Lumea points out, Lawrence Lessig wasn’t showing up on MSNBC TV in a spirit of dispassion:
Scarborough: Professor, do you agree with me that, of all the candidates that are out there right now in 2012, Buddy Roemer fits this profile best — and actually, I believe, has the best message, pure message, for 2012?
Lessig: Absolutely! I’ve been with Buddy, I had him at my house … Absolutely! … Absolutely! I don’t believe in his policies, but I believe in his reform, and I think — you’re right — that he is the one candidate that would have done something.
It would be helpful for Lawrence Lessig to disclose the entire extent of his coordination, communication with, and leadership for both Americans Elect and Buddy Roemer. This could clarify matters greatly — indicating whether his interests in promoting the Buddy Roemer candidacy and his interests in leading the Americans Elect corporation come in conflict.