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Mission Report Reveals Americans Elect plans to Dissolve and Sell off or Transfer its Assets

At the end of September 2012, reports referring to an “Americans Elect Mission Report” began to appear. Americans Elect has not made this report public on its website, and there appears to be no other place on the internet where this Mission Report is made publicly available.

However, a reference to the Mission Report appears in the syllabus to Professor David King’s syllabus for the Political Parties in Theory and Practice course he is teaching at Harvard University this fall. I wrote to Professor King, a member of the Board of Advisors of Americans Elect, asking him if he might be willing to share a copy of the report, and he graciously agreed. I received a copy of the long document yesterday, and will be scanning it in over the next few days so that the public can read what Americans Elect insiders have known for some time.

A sneak peak today at the Americans Elect Mission Report reveals the corporation’s plans. By December 31, 2012, Americans Elect apparently plans to dissolve itself out of existence:

“On June 26, 2012, the Organization’s Board of Directors approved a plan of dissolution, which they expect to complete by December 31, 2012. Management’s plans concerning these matters are also discussed in Note 1 to the financial statements.”

“On June 26, 2012, Americans Elect’s Board of Directors approved a plan of dissolution. Americans Elect expects to complete the dissolution of the organization by the end of 2012. Americans Elect’ assets, including its intellectual property and brand, will be sold, transferred and/or distributed as approved by the Board. Individuals or organizations who obtain such assets may use those assets to further and/or expand Americans Elect’s original mission.”

Other than signaling the end of the Americans Elect corporation, at least under its current ownership, why would this possibly matter to you?

It might matter to you if you signed up as a delegate to Americans and, oh, answered hundreds questions about yourself, plus your “date of birth; residential address including street, apartment number if applicable, city or town, state and zip code that matches the public voter registration address; and such additional publicly available information to verify status.”

Americans Elect’s Privacy Policy reads:

We and our trusted partners acting on our behalf may use the information we collect from and about you to… send you communications, including information about products, services, and events (offered by us and others) that we think might interest you….

In addition to sharing your personal information with third parties who provide services to us, we may share your information:

* with third parties responsible for checking your information against voter registration databases
* as required by law and when we believe in good faith that disclosure is necessary to protect our rights or those of third parties, protect your safety or the safety of others, investigate fraud, or comply with a court order or other legal process
* in connection with a corporate change including a merger, acquisition or sale of assets.

That last bit? It’s apparently happening by the end of next month.

4 comments to Mission Report Reveals Americans Elect plans to Dissolve and Sell off or Transfer its Assets

  • Tom

    What assets? It was a rich guy, exclusive club that wanted to USE peoples’ votes as leverage – like they do with everything else (and you see how great THAT’S workin’)! They lost big time ’cause no one was fooled, so they can just keep it.

  • Jim

    If you signed up, your identity and associated personal information may be part of its assets, Tom.

  • http://boston.com/community/blogs/less_is_more/2012/05/americans_elect_failed_and_we.html

    This $35 million operation was doomed to fail from the beginning. How can you run a serious political organization aimed at winning elections without any kind of guiding ideology or real local organization? You can’t.

    These guys, like so many compassless folks in politics, seriously misread the American electorate and recent third party history. Third parties do not work without a guiding ideology, be it left, right, libertarian, statist, whatever. These guys stood for something a thousand times worse than the bitter hyperpartisanship they whined about: a wish-washy just do something attitude towards governance rooted in the pipe dreams of “radical centrists.”

    The entire concept of Americans Elect sounded like something bored political consultants drew up as a joke on the back of a napkin after a few drinks at a bar. It is astounding that they raised as much money as they did and attained ballot access in 29 states.

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