Let’s get right to the point: Three weeks ago, circumstantial evidence suggested that Americans Elect had violated its neutrality policy regarding presidential candidates. Today, Americans Elect has inadvertently confirmed it.
Americans Elect, the 501c4 corporation that wants to run its very own candidate for President of the United States, refuses to identify the people who have given it money. But don’t worry, says Americans Elect, it has an explicit neutrality policy, so there’s no way it would throw the election:
Americans Elect, its directors, officers, and paid staff do not and will not support or oppose any particular candidate or particular draft effort for a candidate for the presidential or vice presidential nominations of Americans Elect—the organization simply provides the nominating process.
WKMS names Blake Wright as the Americans Elect National Campus Director, a paid staff position:
National Campus Director Blake Wright joins Chad Lampe to talk about how the whole thing works.
In confirmation, Americans Elect names Blake Wright as its National Campus Director:
To learn more, check out AE National Campus Director Blake Wright joining Chad Lampe of wkms.org to discuss how AE is changing the game.
Blake Wright is a signatory to a pledge promising to support David Walker for President in the Americans Elect system:
I pledge to Become an Americans Delegate and support David Walker.
— Blake Wright
This violation of Americans Elect neutrality in favor of David Walker is not the first, and it has non-trivial implications for the David Walker campaign and for amount of trust anyone should place in the Americans Elect operations. Consider that:
- Every single identifiable student in a Draft Walker campaign video turned out to be an Americans Elect Campus Leader.
- In all, 9 out of 9 campus volunteers for the Draft Walker campaign turned out to be Americans Elect Campus Leaders first.
- Who is the AE paid staffer responsible for recruiting and coordinating the actions of Americans Elect Campus Leaders? The National Campus Director.
- Who was the National Campus Director for Americans Elect before Blake Wright? Nick Troiano.
- To what position did Nick Troiano directly jump last month? Head of the Committee to Get Walker Running and administrator of the Walker 100.
- Who sits on the Americans Elect Board of Advisors? David Walker.
- What Americans Elect draft candidate has been singled out for praise in a press release by Americans Elect? David Walker.
- What Americans Elect draft candidate had his ballot access standard specially lowered by Americans Elect? David Walker.
Americans Elect’s protestation that it can be trusted without fully disclosing its contributors because it has a neutrality policy strains credulity when that neutrality policy is repeatedly violated. As long as Americans Elect refuses to disclose who is propping it up, in the light of its own internal ethics violations, the democratic claims of Americans Elect cannot be trusted. If Americans Elect wishes to regain trust, it needs to become completely transparent regarding its finances, its donors, its expenditures, its meeting minutes and its leadership. Don’t hold your breath for that.
Fortunately, the American people have not taken the bait. Despite multiple big media spots promoting the Draft Walker campaign playing across the United States of America, a few more than 600 people have cast their ballot access votes in support of David Walker in the Americans Elect system. Actual people are simply not interested in the pro-corporate “centrism” that David Walker is pitching.
Unfortunately, Americans Elect may be getting ready to change its own rules in this, the last day of its ballot access vote, favorably allowing certain candidates onto the ballot even though under the current rules no candidate has earned a ballot spot.
Tonight at midnight, the last chance for Americans Elect declared and draft candidates to qualify for the Americans Elect ballot under the official Americans Elect Rules expires. Not a single candidate is close to qualifying. Will Americans Elect follow its own Rules, acknowledge its deep unpopularity and shut down its corporate presidential nomination? Or will Americans Elect change its Rules in the middle of its voting process to let a few officially unqualified but unofficially favored candidates onto the ballot?
Watch carefully and see what happens next.