Once heralding democracy for everyone, Americans Elect has restricted its voting membership down from tens of thousands of people to just three individuals: the individual Wall Street tycoon Peter Ackerman, the individual Wall Street tycoon Michael Bloomberg, and the individual Wall Street hedge fund Passport Capital (yes, corporations are people). Democracy works best when the money people decide. In an unprecedented unanimous vote, the two tycoons and the one hedge fund voted unanimously to endorse Maine Senate candidate Angus King… and to funnel $1.75 million into promoting his campaign, making Americans Elect Angus King’s biggest funder.
Now, as AE Transparency reports, the two tycoons and one hedge fund comprising Americans Elect promises more democracy just like this:
Americans Elect’s hired mouthpiece, attorney Daniel Winslow told the Boston Globe: “As Maine goes, so goes the country. The country and Mainers are hungry for problem-solving, independent candidates running for important offices…. If he is successful, Americans Elect will participate in the upcoming election cycle to develop 3, 5, or 10 more Angus Kings representing an independent caucus to bridge the divide between the partisan extremes, to turn the tide of gridlock in Washington, and to put us onto a course of government the American people want and deserve.”
The problem with AECorp’s old strategy was that while “the country [is] hungry for problem-solving independent candidates,” it nonetheless proved to be the case that the country — as represented by Americans Elect’s delegates in its online nominating convention — proved not to be hungry for precisely those candidates which Pete Ackerman and his henchmen personally favored. So it was necessary to destroy the village (the old AECorp) to save it. AE now retreats back to the time-tested cynical strategy of simply enabling a few ultra-rich individuals to throw wads of money around influencing elections, thus handily side-stepping the problem of the inherent untidiness of actual democracy.
Based on Americans Elect’s recent redefinition of “democracy,” AE Transparency issues a prediction:
We here at AE Transparency have been in the business of predicting AECorp’s future ever since its appearance on the national stage, with (we blush to admit) uncanny accuracy. Here’s our prediction for the rest of AE’s future. The Corporation will indeed, as Winslow has warned us, throw tens or even hundreds of millions of dollars in the next election cycle into promoting the candidacies of its hand-picked favorite ‘independents’, with increasingly visible participation by Mike Bloomberg. This cycle’s King’s Gambit is merely a test-drive. Then, with this coterie of nominally independent (but financially dependent) sycophants in its pocket, doing its bidding (for how else could they be re-elected?) and aping its words, AECorp will go after its long-sought brass ring: putting Bloomberg himself in the White House in 2016.
In short, Ackerman Selects has simply abandoned the short con, in favor of the long con.