Forbes, the magazine of record for America’s financiers, published an editorial by Douglas Schoen, longtime advisor to both Americans Elect and Michael Bloomberg. In this editorial, Schoen praised the decision by three Wall Street tycoons — Peter Ackerman, John Burbank III and Michael Bloomberg — to chip in $1.75 million of their own money to Americans Elect and spend it, through the Americans Elect Super PAC, on the election of Angus King to the Senate. Schoen writes:
Candidate Angus King’s victory in the Maine Senate race is one such ray of hope…. It also involved a coalition between Americans Elect, the group which succeeded in getting 50 state ballot access but failed to recruit a Presidential candidate, its visionary chairman Peter Ackerman and Mayor Michael Bloomberg who made a significant contribution to King’s campaign. Even though the Bloomberg/Americans Elect endeavor — one that I was truly proud to be part of — was outspent nearly 5 to 1, King still managed an overwhelming victory.
Schoen indicates that Americans Elect’s Super PAC spending will continue in future elections, with the $1.75 million in Wall Street money just a “first step,” a “beginning” effort:
The efforts of Americans Elect and particularly the efforts of Mayor Bloomberg around the country are a tremendous first step in promoting the type of bipartisanship we will need to avoid fiscal and economic problems in the near future. They have begun the process of crafting a new, moderate and bi-partisan vision for America, a vision that we so desperately need.
I was proud to be part of those efforts both in Maine and around the country and believe that it is only through the effort to create independent caucuses in both the House and Senate that we have a chance to resolve the endemic problems we face in our country.
Schoen’s editorial calls for the continued spending of big Wall Street money on elections by Americans Elect, spending that happened without any of the input on the decision to which rank-and-file Americans Elect delegates are entitled. In his editorial, Schoen called repeatedly for the creation of a caucus in the Congress to the liking of his employer, Michael Bloomberg. Schoen called for lawmakers to stop agreeing and “come together” around the set of policy proposals Americans Elect and Michael Bloomberg prefer.
But if you read carefully, you’ll notice an activity that Douglas Schoen doesn’t call for, a word Douglas Schoen doesn’t use.
That missing word is “democracy.” Schoen doesn’t call for a democracy. In lauding the deployment of Americans Elect funds, Schoen calls for more Wall Street spending on elections — a result — and not a democratic process.