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Americans Elect's Peter Ackerman, Kahlil Byrd and Dan Winslow: Where Are They Now?

As you may recall, from 2010 to 2012 the Americans Elect corporation operated an effort to try and elect its own candidate for President of the United States via a privatized selection run by a corporate board. That effort failed dismally despite repeated national promotion due to the lack of interest and support of the American voters. Even as the corporation dissolved, Americans Elect told the country to expect that it would return and attempt to restart its old plan in some new form. But three of the corporation’s leaders show no public inclination to continue the Americans Elect mission.

Where is Americans Elect chairman, founder and primary funder Peter Ackerman? Giving speeches on the Arab Spring and otherwise staying out of sight.

Where is Americans Elect CEO Kahlil Byrd? Jumping ship to StudentsFirst, an advocacy organization promoting public school privatization that just like Americans Elect has been primarily funded by ultrarich private capital players, including (no surprise) Americans Elect player Michael Bloomberg. Bloomberg employee and mouthpiece Douglas Schoen is now busy promoting Kahlil Byrd and StudentsFirst.

Where is Americans Elect’s former Secretary and legal adviser, Dan Winslow? Trying to run for a U.S. Senate nomination in the Republican party. He’s also busy defending his work with Americans Elect, with many questions coming from Massachusetts Republicans who wonder why he would work for an effort to elect someone other than a Republican in the 2012 presidential contest. Dan Winslow’s new answer is that he was a Romney supporter through the entire presidential campaign season, and that (in reporter Schira Schoenberg’s paraphrase) “the online nominating process was not meant to hurt Romney, but could have provided Romney with an alternative path to the ballot should Republicans have chosen another candidate.” According to this account, Winslow saw Americans Elect as a backup for Mitt Romney.

10 thoughts on “Americans Elect's Peter Ackerman, Kahlil Byrd and Dan Winslow: Where Are They Now?”

  1. Korky Day says:

    I liked Americans Elect in theory. Bad name, though. Could have elected Jill Stein and/or Ron Paul.

  2. Bill says:

    Mike Bloomberg looks like he’s well on his way to launching his own (presumably third party) candidacy in 2016. He needs Fumbling Pete Ackerman for that like a fish needs a bicycle.

    I think Pete learned his lesson, namely, if you’re an unsympathetic billionaire attempting to fiddle the electoral process and subvert democracy, for gosh sakes keep your name and face out of it. Whatever he tries next (and, let’s face it, he just can’t resist) we’ll probably never even know he’s involved.

    1. Count Stephen of Sealand says:,_2016

      Wikipedia has the info on the 2016 race. Jesse Ventura used to be listed as a potential candidate. Now, only Gary Johnson (Libertarian Party) is the only other third party candidate listed.

  3. Jed says:

    Heh, I love that you’re still on this outfit/these guys. Keep at it!

  4. Richard Winger says:

    Americans Elect is still ballot-qualified (for 2014) in either nine or ten states, including California, where it is very difficult for a group to qualify as a party.

  5. John Lewis Mealer says:

    I have the party in Arizona for the 2014 gubernatorial race. Major problem is this author named Grayson using the party name as a book he is writing and listing dozens of imaginary characters while also using my name and then playing it off as a bunch of loonies in the bin.

    1. Bill says:

      John, I’m sorry to have to be the one to say it, but if you really think that’s your “major problem” then you’re living in a fantasy world.

      1. John Lewis Mealer says:

        It’s not “MY” major problem ‘bill’ (damn you are such a cranky old trouble maker… You need to get more sleep and maybe stop yelling at “those dagnabit, gull darn troublemakin’ kids” to get off your front lawn). I can picture you now holding a broomstick wearing your pajamas and screaming at the world from your front porch.

        We are not your enemy.

        Major problem goes to any type of clean run under an open label for the various other people who are signing on under this ticket.

        The problem arises as this guy interferes with the Sec of State’s office and the ballot system. Richard knows what I am referring to and my comment is to him.

        My backing is strong enough to take the race, but this guy may very well cause the SOS to block the ballot (and he is a candidate as well).

        Now get over yourself Bill….

        1. Bill says:

          “damn you are such a cranky old trouble maker” That, sir, is the very nicest thing anyone has said of me in days. Thank you!

          “We are not your enemy.” What…you got a mouse in your pocket?

          1. John Lewis Mealer says:

            Good to know you have a sense of humor Bill.
            “we” refers to … well…. we?

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