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Americans Elect Quietly Lapses and Dissolves

Washington, DC was the home of Americans Elect, the corporate enterprise that attempted to elect a president friendly to finance capital in 2012. Former junk bond prince Peter Ackerman housed the political corporation’s headquarters a mere block away from the White House.

I write in the past tense because Americans Elect exists only in the past tense. Washington DC corporate registration data show Americans Elect’s status has officially changed to “dissolved”:

Americans Elect has officially dissolved and no longer exists as a Washington DC beltway corporation

Until someome remembers to yank it down, the official Facebook account will remain stuck at 460,000 curiously obtained “likes,” the exact same number it’s been stuck at for 8 months. The delinquent report letters against Americans Elect (like this one in Florida) will pile up unanswered. The people behind the operation may return in another vehicle featuring different stock footage of fictitional supporters, but Americans Elect is dead.

13 comments to Americans Elect Quietly Lapses and Dissolves

  • manning120

    I’ve never understood how Americans Elect could put people on ballots. Those who controlled Americans Elect clearly lacked legitimate aims. Yet, properly managed, it could have made a difference. The big problem facing alternative candidates like those who amassed 1.6% of the popular vote is ballot access. The most successful of the alternative candidates are those who achieved the most ballot access. If all the highly qualified alternative candidates — I include Rocky Anderson (my pick), Jill Stein (my second choice), and Gary Johnson — had appeared on the presidential ballots in all 50 states, I think climate change, the demise of civil liberties, illegal wars, the smothering of free and open political discourse by the rich, etc., would have been discussed in the popular media. The alternative candidates would have won much more than 1.6% of the popular vote, and millions more people would have been motivated to vote.

    So back to my question: how could Americans Elect in theory have gotten ballot access in all 50 states? Can another such organization be set up to do it right in 2016?

    • Joshua

      If Americans Elect had changed its rules to find a way to nominate someone for president, and completed the process by nominating someone, I think that person would have achieved ballot access in all 50 states. AE had already achieved ballot access in 29 states by the time they gave up on their nominations process, including some states that required large numbers of petition signatures, and I don’t think they had missed the deadline in any other states yet.

      Whether a candidate who achieves ballot access in all 50 states will be able to get their issues into the popular media depends largely on how much money they have to campaign with. The Libertarian presidential candidate has made the ballot in all 50 states three times before, and so did Lenora Fulani in 1988, for example. But if you have to devote a large portion of your campaign funds to getting on the ballot, you’re not going to have much impact on the election. On the other hand, when Ross Perot was a candidate, he had to spend money on ballot access in all 50 states, but he still had millions of dollars left over with which he could run his actual public campaign.

      • Joshua

        I mean that Perot had to spend money with the goal of getting ballot access in all 50 states, as far as I know. In some states, he might have been able to get on the ballot without spending any money directly; I haven’t looked up the details.

  • Tom

    manning: The powers that be, who funded AE, don’t want any changes to their rigged system. You don’t really think you have a choice,do you? This “corporate enterprise” was designed to draw in voters but to navigate them to AEs chosen candidates. It didn’t work, in many respects due to the fine writing staff of this site, who exposed their flaws and challenged their legitimacy. It didn’t succeed because it was bullshit from start to finish. Big money trying to buy the vote. It worked for the established big two only because there are so many uninformed voters who simply go along with “their” party, like it’s a football game, even though they’ve only been used for their contributions and votes to get elected and now are just forgotten, like all those campaign promises.

    We no longer live in a democracy. We have a puppet government who do what they’re told by their corporate masters (who back their ridiculously expensive campaigns and then expect “favors” or “something for the effort” from them once elected). Welcome to Bananamerica!

    • manning120

      I agree generally with your comments, and I’m shocked at the demise of democracy. But was the proposal of Americans Elect impossible to pull off without millions of dollars? As I see it, if Americans Elect was driven by the wrong people, maybe the right people could drive a similar vehicle and do some good with it. But the right people don’t have millions of dollars.

      Additionally, what do you mean by “It worked for the established big two”?

      • AE tried to mimic the established parties’ practice of drawing in voters by mentioning their interests then diverting the votes to candidates who prioritize large donor’s interests instead.

  • Tom

    manning: what i meant was that one of the two big established parties (Rep and Dem) had their guy elected by taking campaign contributions and promising a bunch of shit and then promptly forgetting all about it once he was elected: like Guantanimo, transparent government, dealing with the TBTF banks, prosecutions of any wrongdoing in the financial meltdown of 2009 or of war crimes by the previous administration (like TORTURE, intentional bombing of civilians, massacres of unarmed non-combatants, abuse of prisoners, contractor misfeasance, it goes on and on), climate change action, etc. – all campaign rhetoric. Hope that clears it up some.

  • AE Transparency

    Alas, poor Peter….

  • It doesn’t follow logically that just because the Americans Elect corporation is dissolved, therefore Americans Elect doesn’t exist any longer. it is still ballot-qualified in 12 states. The national web page is still up. And I have reason to believe that Peter Ackerman is representing himself to various state election officials as the national chair of Americans Elect.

  • When are they going to open up Americans Elect for the 2013 Elections and beyond?

    -Tothian

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