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Asking (Again) For Americans Elect Form 990, August 2012

As Americans, we have the right to examine the public records of the corporations that have been granted a public charter. The IRS requires that the Form 990 annual report of any Section 501(c) corporation be delivered within 30 days of the a written request, whether that request has been made by e-mail or by letter.

Today — three months after Americans Elect obtained a three-month postponement of its duty to file a Form 990 annual report, I have made a formal request for Americans Elect’s 2011 Form 990 by e-mail and in writing.

Letter to Americans Elect, 1901 Pennsylvania Avenue Suite 1000, Washington DC 20006, Dated August 16 2012

The letter reads:


August 16, 2012

To the leadership of Americans Elect,

As Americans Elect publicly acknowledges at the web page http://www.americanselect.org/news/8-2011/what-501c4-corporation, it is a corporation organized under Section 501(c)(4) of the IRS code. As revealed in an a news article on August 10 2012 -- http://watchdog.org/48031/ok-boren-bails-as-libertarians-take-over-moribund-3rd-party-ballot-space/ -- Americans Elect is still active as a Section 501(c)(4) corporation. This letter makes an official request of Americans Elect in its continuing capacity as a 501(c)(4) corporation.

In its prior Form 990 for the year 2010 -- see http://irregulartimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/AmericansElect2010Form990.pdf for a permanent copy -- Americans Elect revealed that it files according to calendar years. As the IRS specifies here -- http://www.irs.gov/charities/political/article/0,,id=163101,00.html -- your corporation must file Form 990 for the year 2011 by May 15 of 2012. That date has passed.

In mid-May 2012, I requested Americans Elect's Form 990 for the year 2011. But in an unsigned letter dated May 25 2012 -- see http://irregulartimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/LetterfromAmericansElectreInquiryMay252012.pdf -- Americans Elect replied to my inquiry with the following explanation:

"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."

That three month extension expired yesterday, August 15 2012.

I am therefore writing again to formally, specifically request that Americans Elect's Form 990 for the year 2011 be sent to me at the address below. This is my legal right, as specified by the IRS here:

http://www.irs.gov/charities/article/0,,id=135005,00.html

I reserve my full rights under law and expect your response to respect those rights. If Americans Elect has chosen for some reason to use any other alternatively publicly-requestable form to register itself as a 501c4 corporation or any other entity, I also formally request that those forms be supplied to me by Americans Elect. If Americans Elect has chosen for some reason not to file Form 990 or Form 1024 with the IRS, I also formally request that you supply to me a complete written notice indicating why Americans Elect has neglected to file these forms. The IRS requires that you supply these forms to me within 30 days from today.

I will be happy to receive these disclosures in electronic form or paper form. If you prefer to send these forms in paper form, I will of course promptly pay all costs associated with these forms' reproduction and postage. The IRS requires that if you will charge me any money for the transmission of these documents, that you inform me of such charges and the manner in which I may pay them within 7 days from today.

My contact information for receiving this information is:

Jim Cook
52 Conway Road
Camden, ME 04843
207-230-0018
retorts@irregulartimes.com

I look forward to receiving these documents at your earliest convenience within the 30-day window available to you.

Sincerely,
Jim Cook
Irregular Times


I will let you know if and when I receive these disclosures. If you see no indication in this post that I’ve received a disclosure, you can assume that Americans Elect has not complied.


Update: Americans Elect filed another 3 month postponement. We’ll have to wait until November 15.

8 comments to Asking (Again) For Americans Elect Form 990, August 2012

  • Thanks for staying on top of this, Jim. Now let’s see how long we can hold our collective breath….

  • Dove

    Dear Mr Kooc,
    I am lobbyist for Kock, Coke, and Koch (AND former board member of AE). I received your letter addressed to my office last week, but AE has closed and it no longer has any activities to report nor any employees to comply with historical document requests. I have taken the liberty of forwarding your contact info to our partners at Unity Select 2016 so you will receive the latest info on how you can help protect our profits from your interests.
    Insincerely….Lovey Dovey

  • Tom

    not that any of it matters:

    http://www.prisonplanet.com/40-points-that-prove-that-barack-obama-and-mitt-romney-are-essentially-the-same-candidate.html

    (from article)

    “The following are 40 ways that Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are essentially the same candidate….

    1. Barack Obama and Mitt Romney both supported TARP.

    2. Mitt Romney supported Barack Obama’s “economic stimulus” packages.

    3. Mitt Romney says that Barack Obama’s bailout of the auto industry was actually his idea.

    4. Neither candidate supports immediately balancing the federal budget.

    5. They both believe in big government and they both have a track record of being big spenders while in office.

    6. Barack Obama and Mitt Romney both fully support the Federal Reserve.

    7. Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are both on record as saying that the president should not question the “independence” of the Federal Reserve.

    8. Barack Obama and Mitt Romney have both said that Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke did a good job during the last financial crisis.

    9. Barack Obama and Mitt Romney both felt that Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke deserved to be renominated to a second term.

    10. Both candidates oppose a full audit of the Federal Reserve.

    11. Both candidates are on record as saying that U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner has done a good job.

    12. Barack Obama and Mitt Romney have both been big promoters of universal health care.

    13. Mitt Romney was the one who developed the plan that Obamacare was later based upon.

    14. Wall Street absolutely showers both candidates with campaign contributions.

    15. Neither candidate wants to eliminate the income tax or the IRS.

    16. Both candidates want to keep personal income tax rates at the exact same levels for the vast majority of Americans.

    17. Both candidates are “open” to the idea of imposing a Value Added Tax on the American people.

    18. Barack Obama and Mitt Romney both believe that the TSA is doing a great job.

    19. Barack Obama and Mitt Romney both supported the NDAA.

    20. Barack Obama and Mitt Romney both supported the renewal of the Patriot Act.

    21. Barack Obama and Mitt Romney both believe that the federal government should be able to indefinitely detain American citizens that are considered to be terrorists.

    22. Both candidates believe that American citizens suspected of being terrorists can be killed by the president without a trial.

    23. Barack Obama has not closed Guantanamo Bay like he promised to do, and Mitt Romney actually wants to double the number of prisoners held there.

    24. Both candidates support the practice of “extraordinary rendition”.

    25. They both support the job-killing “free trade” agenda of the global elite.

    26. They both accuse each other of shipping jobs out of the country and both of them are right.

    27. Both candidates are extremely soft on illegal immigration.

    28. Neither candidate has any military experience. This is the first time that this has happened in a U.S. election since 1944.

    29. Both candidates earned a degree from Harvard University.

    30. They both believe in the theory of man-made global warming.

    31. Mitt Romney has said that he will support a “cap and trade” carbon tax scheme (like the one Barack Obama wants) as longas the entire globe goes along with it.

    32. Both candidates have a very long record of supporting strict gun control measures.

    33. Both candidates have been pro-abortion most of their careers. Mitt Romney’s “conversion” to the pro-life cause has been questioned by many. In fact, Mitt Romney has made millions on Bain Capital’s investment in a company called “Stericycle” that incinerates aborted babies collected from family planning clinics.

    34. Barack Obama and Mitt Romney both believe that the Boy Scout ban on openly gay troop leaders is wrong.

    35. They both believe that a “two state solution” will bring lasting peace between the Palestinians and Israel.

    36. Both candidates have a history of nominating extremely liberal judges.

    37. Like Barack Obama, Mitt Romney also plans to add “signing statements” to bills when he signs them into law.

    38. They both have a horrible record when it comes to job creation.

    39. Both candidates believe that the president has the power to take the country to war without getting the approval of the U.S. Congress.

    40. Both candidates plan to continue running up more government debt even though the U.S. government is already 16 trillion dollars in debt.” (there’s more)

    • AJ

      ….
      41. Both candidates enjoy eating food.

      42. Both candidates regularly inhale oxygen and exhale carbon dioxide.

      43. Both candidates have two arms and two legs.

      44. Both candidates acknowledge that the sky is, in fact, blue.

      45. Neither candidate believes that apes should rule the world.

      …Wow! It’s like they’re the exact same person!

  • Pritam kumar

    ERROR: please type a comment.

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