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 [...]
A brief note: according to correspondence from the California Secretary of State, Americans Elect is still qualified as a political party in the state of California.
Considering that Americans Elect’s DC corporate status remains “dissolved,” it’s not clear that Americans Elect’s lingering status is anything more than a remainder.
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 [...]
When the choose-whichever-pro-Wall-Street-candidate-you-want presidential campaign corporation called Americans Elect made its public debut in the summer of 2011, it pledged to the American people that “We don’t promote any issues, ideology, or candidates. None of our funding comes from special interests or lobbyists.” See this snippet from its home page:
Special interest, according to [...]
Despite its repeated call for donations, Americans Elect never really had its hands on that much actual money. One man, the self-appointed Americans Elect Chairman Peter Ackerman, apparently donated $8 million to get the group started. But as the corporation’s recently disclosed Form 990 reveals, despite paying $1,118,598 million in fundraising fees Americans Elect only [...]
Before the legally-required 30-day deadline after my request, and with its two legally-available delays exhausted, the Americans Elect corporation sent its 2011 IRS Form 990 to me in the mail last week. Form 990 reveals organizational and financial information about a 501c4 corporation like Americans Elect, information in greater detail than Americans Elect has disseminated [...]
Back in August 2012, the privatized-presidential-election corporation Americans Elect sent out a Mission Report to its large donors, its board of directors, its staff and its advisors. Americans Elect failed to share that report with its own delegates or the American public. Fortunately, Americans Elect advisor David King agreed to slip me his personal copy, [...]
As I read through and scan in a paper copy of the Americans Elect Mission Report, I’m tickled by the story Americans Elect is telling about itself, tickled by the inability of Americans Elect staffers to tell a story straight. Even in a document sent only to Americans Elect insiders and boosters, the privatized-presidential-election corporation [...]
Americans Elect made a long post-failure Mission Report available to its large donors, its Board of Directors and its Board of Advisors, but it didn’t make the report available to the public, to small donors, or to its rank-and-file delegate membership, the ones that it said were its “true boss.”
Fortunately, Board of Advisors [...]
On page 12 of Americans Elect’s Mission Report, Americans Elect CEO Kahlil Byrd clearly indicates that Americans Elect will be continuing its activities:
“With this first phase, Americans Elect did not get all that we wanted. We have made a good start — thinking through and acting on the activity of bringing the nominating [...]