August 8: Americans Elect Starts Collecting $$ for Angus King. August 20: Americans Elect Says it Supports No Candidate
Take a look at pages 5 and 6 of this excerpt of the Americans Elect Mission Report. As you can see from that excerpt, the report features a letter signed by Peter Ackerman and dated August 20. August 20 is a full 12 days after August 8, the day an FEC report shows Ackerman gave $250,000 to Americans Elect for the purpose of spending money “independently” to promote Angus King’s bid for the U.S. Senate.
At the bottom of each of the pages of the report appear the words “Americans Elect is not affiliated with and does not support or oppose any candidate or candidate’s committee.”
But at the top of page 9 of the Americans Elect Mission Report, Americans Elect Chairman Peter Ackerman finishes his letter by writing:
"An external force must precipitate change. Angus King, the former two-term independent governor of Maine, who is now running for the Senate to succeed Olympia Snowe, offers some hope."
This was written 12 days after Americans Elect Chairman Peter Ackerman donated $250,000 to Americans Elect to be spent promoting the Senate candidate of Angus King — Federal Election Commission records tell us so.
Before Americans Elect published a Mission Report declaring that it “does not support any candidate,” it had already started collecting money to spend in support of candidate Angus King.
Ed. note, 4:35 pm: This article originally also noted the continued identification of Angus King campaign Chair Eliot Cutler as an Americans Elect member of the Board of Directors in the August 2012 Mission Report, published after Americans Elect Peter Ackerman provided the first $250,000 of contribution money for pro-King spending. See the comments for Eliot Cutler's response, which is backed by an affidavit. Upon emergence of the affidavit, that portion of the article is retracted.
Peter Ackerman's contribution of $250,000 to Americans Elect to be spent supporting Angus King's Senate candidacy, before publishing a Mission Report declaring that Americans Elect supports no candidate, remains unexplained.