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Americans Elect CEO Kahlil Byrd Leads Two Groups Recruiting Candidates… Conflict?

Fact One: Former Americans Elect CEO Kahlil Byrd is listed as a leader of Run for America:

“Run for America is a post-partisan initiative designed to fix our dysfunctional politics by strategically supporting a new generation of highly talented leaders, innovators, social change agents, entrepreneurs, and outside the box thinkers for public office. These leaders are driven not by political self-preservation, party loyalty, or serving special interests, but by a desire to solve big problems, will in turn will offer a new approach to politics and be able to lead us into an era of problem-solving, common sense, less polarized politics. To this end, Run for America will recruit, support, and elect 10-20 candidates for U.S. House races in the 2016 election.”

Fact Two: Former Americans Elect CEO Kahlil Byrd is listed on the leadership board of the Mayday PAC, another group that promises to choose candidates to fund in the 2016 Congressional elections. Challenged to identify its standards, Mayday insists:

“Q: Is campaign reform the only “screen” that will be used to decide which candidate(s) to support?

“A: Yes. Support for fundamental reform in the way campaigns are funded is the essential filter now. There will always be issues that we, as individuals, will feel passionate about. But the one and only thing that our pledgers and volunteers are unanimously united on is the need to reform the way we fund elections in the United States.”

Mayday PAC insists it hasn’t picked its candidates yet. Run For America insists it already has, in the past tense:

“We analyzed 435 congressional districts for more than 40 data points. We’ve found the districts where a candidate can win spending the least amount of money, the districts with high populations of voters under 35, districts which split their votes for Congress and President, among many others. These factors provide strategic opportunities in several dozen districts, making them very viable for our candidates to run and win. These are the districts we will focus on in 2016.”

Has Kahlil Byrd kept his priorities distinct in these two groups? Or when the two lists of candidates for the two groups are revealed, will they end up with a curious overlap? Watch closely and see.

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