Postponing Transparency, Americans Elect Delays the Posting of Form 990 Disclosures (5/2012)
Finally, after two years of initiating contact with Americans Elect and asking for a response, the 501c4 corporation that wanted to elect its own President of the United States has written me a letter in response.
That’s the good news. The bad news is that Americans Elect’s letter — even after its failure to draw significant support from the American people — represents another delay of disclosure.
Six days ago, I filed a formal request for IRS Form 990 from Americans Elect, four days after the form was due. Americans Elect is required to supply this document to any citizen, and it matters, because it provides information about Americans Elect’s finances that Americans Elect hasn’t provided voluntarily. But Americans Elect has played the same card it played last year, filing for a delay of 3 months on the disclosure of its Form 990.
May 25, 2012
VIA EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org
52 Conway Road
Camden, ME 04843
Re: Americans Elect
Dear Mr. Cook:
Thank you for your recent inquiry. Americans Elect has not yet filed its 2011 Form 990 with the Internal Revenue Service. Americans Elect has filed Form 8868 with the Internal Revenue Service and therefore has received an automatic 3 month extension for the deadline to file its 2011 Form 990.
In three months — that’s August 15, 2012 — Americans Elect’s 3 month extension for filing Form 990 will expire. I’ll be sending another letter to Americans Elect at that time, and we’ll see what Americans Elect is willing — or unwilling — to share.