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Americans Elect delists Nick Troiano, adds 3 New Members to its Board of Advisors

With a revision made public today, these are the three new members of the Americans Elect Board of Advisors, with details exactly as listed by Americans Elect:

Alice Finn
CEO, PowerHouse Assets, LLC

Michael J. Horvitz

Jerry Jasinowski
The Former President of the National Association of Manufacturers

What do you know about them? What is their background? What are their political interests? What are the interests of the groups they’ve worked with and for?

Also, comparing to the version of Americans Elect’s “Who We Are” that was online until yesterday (for a historical record see here), you can see that Americans Elect has officially removed Nick Troiano from its roster. The former National Campus Director for Americans Elect has moved on to head up the Committee to Draft David Walker for President.

9 thoughts on “Americans Elect delists Nick Troiano, adds 3 New Members to its Board of Advisors”

  1. Daniel H says:

    Horvitz was the head of the Cleveland Art Museum.

    Jasinowski led effort for NAFTA

    Finn helps women finance their small business

    Simple enough

    1. Jim Cook says:

      I just looked into Horvitz. It’s not as simple as that. In order to be massively philanthropic you have to be massive first. See for details:

      “Michael J. Horvitz ’75 is of counsel to the international law firm Jones Day. He practices in the areas of tax, business transactions, and personal planning for privately owned businesses and substantial families. Michael has considerable experience in advising clients with respect to the relationships among shareholders and partners, and represents several charitable organizations and is experienced in charitable planning. He also advises family businesses, family offices, and private investment funds. In addition to his law practice, Michael is a trustee of various trusts established by the late Mark McCormack, the founder of IMG Worldwide, and he served as chairman of IMG’s board after McCormack’s death until the company was sold in 2004. Mike is also active in his own family’s investment and philanthropic activities, especially in Cleveland where he makes his home.”

    2. Jim Cook says:

      And actually, Finn headed up one of the nation’s largest hedge fund and private wealth management firms. a “high-powered investment shop that caters to some of the wealthiest families in New England”:


      Other work is with Pillar Financial, servicing the 1%: “objective, broad-based financial advice to high net worth individuals and families.”

  2. Joshua says:

    I’m trying to figure out what AE is going to do at the last moment, or after the last moment, to deal with the fact that nobody is going to qualify for their primary ballot.

    It’s in AE’s interest to have a reasonably well-populated primary ballot, because that increases the chance of publicity. They’re not going to get any television coverage for the results of ballots that they have to cancel due to lack of candidates.

    One thing I thought of was that they could cut the supporter requirements by 99% — that is, 10 supporters from 10 states for insiders, and 50 supporters from 10 states for outsiders. Under that system, Roemer, Anderson, Laurence Kotlikoff, and Walker would have qualified already, and Michaelene Risley would probably do so. Also, Ron Paul, Jon Huntsman, Bernie Sanders, Barack Obama, Mike Bloomberg, Gary Johnson, Dennis Kucinich, Hillary Clinton, Ralph Nader, and Howard Dean would be on — Colin Powell and Olympia Snowe would probably make it also.

    This would give AE a somewhat impressive-looking ballot, including some household names and their four top declared candidates, plus Walker, and when the primaries are done and all the other draft candidates have dropped out, the leadership would just have to figure out how to get Walker to finish ahead of Roemer, Anderson, Kotlikoff, and Risley in the nominations round.

    However, I have to take into consideration that AE will probably do something that will either be unproductive, unfair, or illogical instead.

  3. NobodyAskedMe...But says:

    Joshua is speculating with no information as to the mind and purpose of whoever is in charge. Perhaps he is offering a suggestion instead of a prediction.

    The more relevant question in relation to this article is
    “Why would those three well-established and prominent people in business and finance want to be on this board?” It seems to be like boarding the Titanic when the bow is already under water.

    1. Joshua says:

      I don’t claim to know what is in the minds of the AE rules committee and board of directors. For example, they recently revised the post-election rules relating to what would happen if the AE candidate garners electoral votes, but not enough to win the election. This seems like it should be a lower priority to them than actually finding a way to have a candidate.

      It would be like Newt Gingrich spending the next few days selecting what color rug he wants to have in the Oval Office.

      1. AE Transparency says:

        Many speculate (AKA “think”) that throwing a close election to its favorite of the two mainstream candidates is what Americans Elect Corporation is all about. History favors this suspicion, given that third party candidates have a very low probability of actually winning the election, but a very high probability of earning a couple of Electoral College votes. In this scenario, all the AECorp hoopla about electing a ‘centrist’ president is just a head-fake: the real action is in installing Wall St tycoon Peter Ackerman as a kingmaker.

        1. Joshua says:

          It depends what you mean by “a very high probability of earning a couple of Electoral College votes.” In the last 100 years, only five times has any third-party candidate actually earned any electoral votes: Teddy Roosevelt, Robert LaFollette, Strom Thurmond, Harry Byrd, and George Wallace. (I’m not counting any random “faithless electors” like the one who voted for the Libertarian candidate in 1972.)

          Or to put it another way, no third-party candidate has won a state since 1924 unless his primary appeal was to southern segregationists (referring to Thurmond 1948, Byrd 1960, and Wallace 1968).

          Candidates with a more centrist appeal, such as John Anderson and Ross Perot, have not won any electoral votes in recent years, in part because their support was spread out rather than being concentrated in particular states. Whoever the AE candidate is likely will face a similar situation this year.

        2. Joshua says:

          Also, I know that the electoral votes for Harry Byrd in 1960 came mostly from “unpledged electors” and did not result from an actual third-party campaign for Byrd. You can classify those votes as non-third party candidate votes if you prefer, but then it will be even clearer that third-party candidates have a low probability of winning any electoral votes.

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