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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


Jim Cook
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.

8 thoughts on “Postponing Transparency, Americans Elect Delays the Posting of Form 990 Disclosures (5/2012)”

  1. John Lumea says:

    Three months should be enough time to think of a reason why they should get a second extension into November.

    Just a guess.

    1. Jim Cook says:

      I suspect you’re right. It’ll be interesting to read that reason.

  2. Jerry Thomas says:

    Thank you for keeping us informed!

  3. AE Transparency says:

    This move on AE’s part speaks volumes.

    If, as many pundits proclaim, AE is in fact “dead”, then I cannot think of any reason why it would delay filing. It would just file the darn 990, turn out the lights, and go home. So I have to assume from this that AE still considers itself alive, and still feels it has something to lose by revealing its finances to the public prior to the November election (there’s probably no good reason to delay into August without doing the full monty and subsequently applying for a second filing extension until Nov. 15).

    Our sincere thanks to Pete Ackerman for yet again supplying us with fresh ammunition with which to shoot down his schemes in the court of public opinion. It’s like the guy has a learning disability or something.

    Nomination by fiat, anyone?

    1. John Lumea says:

      I don’t assume that it’s dead.

      But what if it’s simply looking to 2014 and 2016? Mightn’t that be another reason why it’s not it a particular rush to file its 990?

      1. AE Transparency says:

        If its sights were set on 2014, then a 3-month (or even 6-month) delay in filing its 2011 Form 990 would be pointless.

  4. Jeff Kelly says:

    Keep holding their feet to the fire!

  5. John Lumea says:

    By the way…

    During that Reddit forum on 6 March, Kahlil Byrd promised the numbers by June:

    User jackinstl:Will you be releasing an independent audit for 2011 revenues and expenditures, as you did with 2010? If so, when? Will it be before November, which is when the 2010 report was released? i.e., will it be released when AE is still relevant this election cycle?

    Kahlil Byrd: After our audit is complete this spring, we’ll release our 2011 financials in June of 2012.

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